Posted on November 3, 2012 by lucas2012infos | Leave a comment
Chris Bourne, Openhand Contributor
What brings you joy in life?
The world is moving through challenging times. Sometimes events and
circumstances can get heavy. Whilst processing our stuff is positive,
dwelling too heavily in it is counterproductive. It can drag us down. So
how might we keep our heads above water? How can we stay afloat in the
rising torrent of human emotion?
Well one answer is ‘The Endorphin Effect’. Endorphins are chemicals we
can produce in our bodies to block negative energy and make us feel
positively uplifted and joyful inside. It is endorphins that create the
feeling of being in love for example. So how might we generate a greater
sense of internal joy and love in our lives?…
It’s all a question of choice
Is the glass half full or half empty? In actual fact the glass is
always full – it’s half full of air! It’s just an example of choice –
how we choose to see things in life and to experience them. We can choose either to attune to the darkness all around us or the light throughout it.
When we see only the darkness and allow ourselves to become
identified with that, here’s when our internal trouble begins – although
processing our inner attachments and releasing the pain is good,
wallowing in it certainly doesn’t help us move through. If we allow
negativity to dominate our experience then internally we reproduce
chemicals in the brain which flood our bloodstream, invade our bodily
cells and create the feeling of internal stress – yes we’re actually
changing our very cell structure to become stress!
But we can easily prevent this from happening with practice and
perseverance. When we confront and process out our attachment and
identification with the negative, then we can actively soften into the
lightness of life, which exists everywhere even in the midst of
darkness. Then we begin to release other chemicals from the brain –
endorphins – which prevent the invasion of negative energies into our
cells. Our cells are pumped full of the sense of joy and love, which
helps balance the playing field.
Recall fond experiences
I remember fondly a holiday I once took not so long ago after I woke up. It was on the island of Majorca,
on the northern coast, away from the hubbub, in the picturesque and
ancient tiny village called Deia. I didn’t have much money so I was
camping in a beautiful orange grove overlooking the sea…
I’d visited Deia before when (as a businessman) I’d been financially
more affluent and had stayed at one of the nicer hotels – one that had
an antique villa type feel. The hotel had an amazing open air jacuzzi
nestled into the mountain side overlooking a fabulous panorama. On this
particular morning, I’d walked up to the village just before dawn and as
I passed the hotel, although this time I couldn’t afford to stay there,
I wondered if anyone would notice if I sneaked in and had a nifty dip
in the jacuzzi.
So I did. Fortunately no one noticed me. And as I sank into the
warming waters, I quickly began to feel joy and infinite peace as all
tension dissolved away from my body. Around the pool were the soft
colours of sandstone and as the sun came up over the mountains in front
of me, the darkness of the sky began to lighten into a wonderful indigo
and then golden orange.
My favoured almond aroma wafted in on the gentle ocean breeze and in
the trees all around me, the birds began their morning song, piercing
the quietness with their fragile beauty. I was quickly loosing any sense
of separation; the healing effects of the water,
the vibration of the birds song and the joy of the sun were becoming me
and I was becoming them. All tightness quickly disappeared.
As I see it now, I’m looking upwards to the surface of the water and
as the golden sunlight shines through, I can see my body becoming
increasingly translucent, like a wafer thin film through which the water
is gently rippling.
It was at some point after that, it could have been an eternity
because sense of time had stopped, I felt what I can only describe as
‘liquid gold’ begin to flow downwards from the crown of my head and into
my chakras. The sense of joy, love and upliftment was beyond words.
Tears welled up in my eyes and flowed ceaselessly down my cheeks.
Needless to say it’s a fond memory that will stay with me all the
days of my life. And now, if I find myself in darkness and difficulty,
all I have to do is bring my attention to that experience and very
quickly similar sensations begin to flood my system. They’re not as
strong as the original peak experience, but they’re powerful
nevertheless and they have a deeply uplifting, beneficial and healing
Putting our minds to it
The mind can lead us into all kinds of difficulty, but it can be our
best friend, too. I’m sure, with a little attention and focus, we can
all put our minds to it and each recall an experience of similar joy and
beauty that deeply moved us. Maybe it was also a favoured holiday?
Perhaps its the first time we fell in love? or even our earliest
childhood memories dancing carelessly through golden meadows? Why not
just stop for a moment and reflect…………….
It’s all around us
There are many things in our daily lives that can generate such a
positive endorphin effect. Exercise for example, deep breathing and
making the choice to notice the simple beauty in life: the fragile
innocence of a small child; the twinkle in an old lady’s eye; an autumn
leaf wafting on the breeze. If we keep applying ourselves in this way,
even the seemingly insignificant can help generate uplifting joy.
This is a form of meditation of course (who said it has to be about
just sitting in silence?!). The experiences I had in the magical Deia
inspired me to record this one as a gift to you all. It’s called the
“Liquid Gold Meditation,” which you can play or download freely from our
website. Go on, take a couple of moments, generate some endorphins,
In love and liquid gold!
PS – there is a book available called “The Endorphin Effect”
by William Bloom, one of Britain’s leading spiritualists. I’ve not read
it, but I hear is a great read and packed full of useful information on
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