• Oxytocin: Nurture the Mind and Heart

    Oxytocin is my favorite word. And its meaning gives us more to  celebrate.

    So, what is oxytocin? Oxytocin, otherwise known as the “love hormone” is typically associated with these two motherly functions; childbirth and breastfeeding. It is a hormone released by the pituitary gland that causes increased contraction of the uterus during labor and stimulates the ejection of milk into the ducts of the breast. This is one of the many reasons why breastfeeding is so highly recommended. It creates a bonding between you and your child that unfortunately triumphs the bottle. Not everyone has the ability to breastfeed and/or loses their milk early. In cases like so, there are other share bonding techniques that can be used to increase the bond between one and their child. One can practice attachment parenting in which they often carry the child in a sling. This consistent contact between one and their baby can surely create a bonding energy between the two. Oftentimes, I say to my crying toddlers, “come get some oxytocin” to let my loving energy resonate with theirs in hopes of bringing balance. I appreciate the opportunity to offer the people in my life the gift of oxytocin and love it as a gift to myself from a significant other.

    There is a bond created during other physical interaction between one individual and the person they love rather it be child, lover, kin or friend. Oxytocin is located at the base of the brain and therefore also acts as a brain neurotransmitter. This means that this gift is also released in areas of the brain that affects our emotional, cognitive and social behaviors. It is an important component to loving behaviors.

    I grew up in a family that did not display much tangible love through hugs and kisses. Love was distributed in other ways that we’re equally important. However, all loving relationships need balance.

    Star signs that seem more detached such as Capricorn or Aquarius can benefit from a dose of oxytocin and may need a little more if they let you.

    Oxytocin, in my opinion, is an excellent tool for all substantial relationships or relationships worth the chance of rejuvenation. It’s up to you be the author of such faith.

    However, this one thing is important:

    When releasing oxytocin come from a pure place.

    Use your oxytocin accordingly. Oxytocin has a great impact on relationships…even if you are dealing with someone who isn’t good for you. If you are bonding with oxytocin, it can take up to 2 years to diminish the impact levels of oxytocin has on individuals.

    Oxytocin has an impact on emotional behavior. This may explain some of the many reasons people have a hard time with relationships that come to an end or needs to come to an end. Even if the relationship was detrimental to their life or lacks substance, there was sure to be a level of oxytocin which existed.

    According to studies, oxytocin has the ability to facilitate a bonding between people for it provides a calming effect. This calming effect in return allowed most people in the study to share emotions with whom they were sharing their tangible energy.

    For water signs such as Scorpio, Pisces and Cancer share bonding through emotions may be generally easy since these signs are the most emotional out of the 12. Signs that are water signs may endure a heightened level of emotional sharing when oxytocin is involved.

    Fire signs (Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius) are very similar to water signs but they are more expressive outwardly than water signs’ inwardly expression. For instance, it may take a water sign much longer to bounce back from a heartbreak than the fire sign. The fire sign may have deep intense emotions one day and then the next day the sign can turn away from such intense emotions that they once felt. During a heartbreak, fire signs can be more resilient. If the fire sign has a moon sign, they are able to analyze all the reasons why they need to get out of a relationship.

    Then there are the logical thinkers; when they express emotions, the experience is definitely more controlled than water signs. These are the of earth and air signs.

    Earth signs (Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus) and air signs (Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra) are similar in which they are emotionally censored. Yet, when earth signs express emotions they do understand the depth of the emotion and hence access logical reasoning towards their emotions. Air signs understand the big picture when dealing with emotions. They understand that they are occurring but somehow find a tunnel to detach themselves from their emotions.

    Although our sun signs have a great contribution to our being, learning your moon sign may be more appropriate when dealing with emotions and the release of oxytocin with others. Our moon sign is affiliated with our emotions and vulnerabilities. It is the insight into how we are feeling and thinking. And just like the moon, our emotions go through different phases. The full moon being the most intense point of the phases. More interestingly, when a woman is on her menstrual cycle she is more in tune with her feelings or at least she should be. Could it be that those who seem cranky on their cycle have hidden emotions that are often suppressed? Maybe..It’s just a thought.  (Maybe I will BlogIt later)

    —moving on—

    So if you often have a conflicting battle between the heart and the mind it may actually be the battle between star signs that do not serve as a catalyst to one another. For instance, you have an earth-sun sign and a water moon sign. This makes you think logically about your deep emotions while at the same time your emotions are heightened and can seem uncontrollable.

    If someone is dealing with an air and earth combination of sun and moon signs, it may be easier to deal with the battle between the heart and the mind. The person may in return be very expressive with their air component, however. So if an air and earth combination was willing to express any feelings or thoughts…they are most likely very honest and sincere. An Aquarius for an example are very social beings but only consider a few to none as their person of choice for significant share bonding  experience (discussing emotions or events.) The person the Aquarius shares with is indeed special because few understand this most individualistic sign of the zodiac.

    Ultimately, the goal is to learn yourself. You have the ability to be your own oxytocin; provide the touch needed to bring life and to nurture thus life along the way.

    Astrology is a great tool and any person is able to learn from all aspects of the zodiac family. The key is to use it as a guide and not as doctrine for all life endeavors. Each sign has unique qualities that can help the others in one way or the other. Becoming confident in your passions and your desires will more so help align you with all the other things you want in your life. Everything is about balance.

    Every moment, even in silence is an opportunity to manifest what you want. Try to take advantage of as many moments as you can. With a clear definition of what makes you happy, you have the ability to combine the heart and the mind so there isn’t a battle between the two, but instead harmony.

    Harmonize the mind and heart,

    Danie J

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  • Talha Ishaq says:
    May 3, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    You have organized it very well! I knew only 2 or 3 facts about oxytocin!! You increased my knowledge!! Thanks for sharing information!