THE HIDDEN POWERS
The human body is formed of flesh and spirit. We can easily recognise the flesh(structure) and realise its functions via many means including laboratory recognition. Anything that is recognisable via feasible means, we can easily learn about it and we can recognise the normal and the abnormal about it, hence, we know when it is outstanding.
My problem is with functions those I know they do happen, but I can not measure their values. I am talking here about the hidden powers in each one of us… those are, the non-recognisable ones.
Here, I am talking about the well-power, motivation, realisation, concentration, practicality, and pondering.
Humans are the most highly evolved of all living beings, and thus have the unique intellectual capacity to resolve the problems and overcome the difficulties that confront them within their environment and their destiny.
I believe that in every one of us there are hidden powers. I also believe that every one of us can reach those hidden powers and can use them. The legible question in this context is “how”…. how can any one of us digs deep inside his/her hidden powers and put them in their disposal?.
I am here talking about Endorphins, Enkephalins, and Dynorphins. These are four famous endogenous neurotransmitters those help us to feel better, happier, and more relaxed.
Endorphins: Are endogenous morphines those produced in the nervous system to inhibit the transmission of pain signals; they may also produce a feeling of euphoria(happiness) very similar to that produced by other opioids.
Enkephalins: Are endogenous peptides those bind to the body’s opioid receptors, and they are involved in regulating nociception(somatic pain) in the body.
Dynorphins: Are endogenous opioid peptides those involved very strongly in modulation of pain response in different parts of the brain and spinal cord.
Orexin(hypocretins): The orexines are recently described hypothalamic neuropeptides thought to have an important role in the regulation of sleep and arousal states. They are produced by the hypothalamus, and have specific receptors mainly in the amygdala and locus coreoleus. It has receptors in few other locations in the limbic system and to a lesser extent in the basal ganglia. The orexines are thought to be excitatory in relation to noradrenergic innervation, including vigilance, attention, learning, and memory. Their actions on serotonin, histamine, acetylcholine and dopamine neurotransmission is also thought to be excitatory and a facilitatory role on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate-mediated neurotransmission is suggested.
Therefor, we can notice from above that, these endogenous morphine like products are naturally produced by our brains to control pain, improve our well-being, and make us feel happier and more relaxed. They could make us vigilant with better attention and more ability for learning and improve memory.
What is important for me to say that, these internally produced (self-produced) morphine like products are our own morphines, but without the fear of addiction or dependence. These self-produced chemicals are very important for our pain tolerance, happiness, and relaxation. These chemicals are better produced when we are at our best of mind and relaxation. They are produced in larger amounts when we are celebrating, camping, performing pleasurable exercises, partying, and when we are on a holiday and enjoying ourselves. We can also produce more internal opioids when we are meditating, playing yoga, listening to or playing music, or practicing other relaxation programs.
We can learn how to produce more of these chemical substances to beat pain, migraine, stress, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, IBS, and beat bad habits such as smoking. We can also improve our concentration and memory functions via producing larger amounts of these internal opioids, but we need to learn how we can do it. We need to learn how to control our tempers, how to sit down and think, how to be able to talk to ourselves, how to reflect, and how to ponder about every thing around us as we are part of our environment.
Dr M Belhag