If my personal and professional experiences have taught me anything about pain. It is that pain is not the enemy. And people’s relationship with pain matters.
We often fear pain. We resist pain. We ignore pain. Our relationship with pain and our thoughts around pain are typically negative. But I think that it is because we misunderstand pain. We have been conditioned by media and society that pain is the enemy. But pain is just a message from our brain. A message that does not need to carry negative thoughts and emotions. It can simply be a sensation. A sensation we need to understand and move forward from.
So what do we do you may ask?
First, when pain arises practice STOP:
Stop and take some time. Bring yourself back to the present moment. Check in with your thoughts, feelings, and sensations at that moment. Acknowledge your experience at that moment without judging or reacting to it.
Take a breath. Anchor yourself to your breath. Bring your full awareness and attention to your breath. Pay attention to each in-breath, out-breath, and the pauses in between. Try to access that inner stillness that is inside each and every one of us.
Open and observe your awareness outside the breath. Try to feel the sensations in your body. Your face, your spine, your hands and feet. Then turn your attention outwards. What can you hear, smell, see?
Proceed and progress into the rest of the day with this openness and curiosity. How is your life at this exact moment?
Rather than fearing and resisting pain try to turn toward pain. What is the pain trying to tell you? Progress and act from there. Pain is not the enemy. It is merely the messenger.
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