Working with Pain
Pain is a powerful force. Pain forces people to do many things they wouldn’t normally do in life. But what is pain? People fear pain; a person reacts to pain. How often do you ever consider what pain is?
Pain isn’t what you think it is.
Pain is a sense.
We use pain to navigate the challenging boundaries we face in life.
My video on pain will talk about the dangers of avoiding pain. For the text portion of the blog, I want to talk about pain management.
Pain management can be misleading and cause its own problems. Think about this for a second. Pain is a sense. Do you manage senses? You use your senses not limit them.
Only using pain management is the same as saying you are using eye management to stop seeing bad news happening around you as a way to fix the world.
The real term we should be using is Pain Awareness & Life Improvement. I know this is too wordy, but I am making a point regarding the limitations of modern culture’s implementation of pain management processes.
Working with pain means: learning how to be aware of your pain and then using it to improve your life!
Take the time to learn what each pain you feel means. Over time address that pain to both fix the problem and then improve your life.
Let’s connect the dots. Meditation is the process of being aware. Meditation is the perfect process to use, to help one work with their pain.
Meditation for Pain Awareness
When you use meditation for pain management, it works extremely well. Enough research has been done to show the impacts of meditation to manage pain are real and significant. The only trouble, modern society is using meditation for only pain abatement. Pain abatement is only the first step in pain management.
Use meditation in a deeper manner: to work completely with your pain. Take your standard meditation practice, but now add a few more steps.
Step 1) Use it to take the edge off.
Step 2) Now use meditation to explore the pain, understand it, and gain insights about the pain.
Step 3) Use the extra information gained from step 2 and apply accordingly & appropriately as you meditate.
Step 4) Repeat and refine the results.
For example: explore morning meditation to be aware of your pain and heal from the pain AND expand personally from the lessons learned from the process.