Someone asked a question around hormones and moods in a group I’m part of. The woman found my response really helpful, so I thought others would too...
“Working as a health & wellbeing coach focusing very much on the mind: body connection I would point out the following when it comes to hormones and moods.
A couple of things to mention that you might find helpful...
There are always chemical changes going in the body but our experience of them always comes to us through thought. To give some examples:
I have been fasting on and off for years as part of detoxing the body and keeping in good health. When I used to fast I found the hunger pangs a real struggle and used to have a lot of thinking around food: when I would next be eating, if I could 'make it through', dreaming of what my next meal would be etc. etc. etc. My inner thought dialogue was LOUD. My husband and I would have countless conversations around our experience (he always does the fasting with me).
Fast-forward a few years and how much my perception of thought and reality as we know it has changed.
Now I notice I have so little thinking when I fast, and I notice the difference between my own experience and that of my husbands. I now find his constant examining of his experience whilst fasting very amusing. I also really notice the very big difference to my own ‘quieter’ experience of it.
Another example is how we experience pain through thought...
So my daughter had a track brace fitted to her teeth a couple of years ago. She came to me in the night in a lot of pain and hopped into bed with me wanting some mothering. She slept with me for a few nights until the brace settled and she got used to it. On the 2nd night I noticed she was listening to my iPod and asked her the following morning how she slept. She said something fascinating... "I don't know if the pain went or if I just stopped noticing it." I then found out she was listening to one of my recordings explaining how there is personal mind and universal mind and how we have the wonderful capacity to point ourselves back to our true selves past the personal human experience, (you could call it your soul or spirit).
So that's one element.
The next important one to mention is that our body works brilliantly when we are aligned with reality (we know what it is that is creating our experience). In this state all the chemical changes and messaging that goes on the body works very effectively. Because of course every thought has a chemical affect within the body.
Now when we are 'outside in', i.e. thinking that our felt experience is coming from something else other than thought in the moment, then this sends the body into a different mode, usually triggering the fight or flight hormones. These in turn affect all of the balance of hormones in the body. This is why many people I work with on health issues often resolve themselves with very little or no nutritional changes.”