My humble suggestion would be to learn how to be with your pain. Sit and meditate. Meditation is anything but fantasizing, daydreaming. It is more like sitting in the silence and experiencing all that there is. No judgment, no analysis, just observing with a keen sense of awareness.
People think bliss is an emotion. It is not an emotion, it is a state of being perfectly in balance without any distraction. Meditation is the only way to get there. Mind altering practices are not necessary either, they just delay the encounters.
One needs to be able to let go of childish tendencies of hanging onto the security blankets, and the pacifiers. No I don't mean it literally, but more about tendencies of not being able to be with oneself.
If you have not explored meditation I highly recommend. First read about it, then practice it twice a day, 20 minutes each time. In perfect silence and aloneness.
My first suggestion is to explore Kriya yoga on csa-davis.org, or a more generic website, but very well researched and put together is aypsite.org. Both website will get you to meditate very well. Just have to put into practice. Lots of help there.
Wishing you the best,
i've released through backbends, hip openers, heart openers... even the occasional meditation at home. the most curious one was in yin where we had to kneel on our toes for 4 or 5 minutes. it felt like my toes were going to break off and the pain was intense. my yoga teacher said that we could come out at any time, but not to be afraid of what we were feeling (because after all, your toes aren't going to break off ;) once i let go and accepted the pain as it was i felt this massive release and bawled. cried on the bike ride home too... but a joyful cry.
i cry at the most random times though. and i like it. just a change in wind or the special way the sun's light plays moves me to tears :)
Yes! I've cried many times. During and after. It is such a wonderful release. Sometimes, I am so overwhelmed running through life that I don't even feel the need to release but the mindfulness of yoga brings awareness to it. Sometimes it stems from something negative, sometimes from something positive... more often than not though it's hard to tell. No need to label the emotion, I suppose.