You may or may not know what causes it, but pain, intense, excruciating and severe, takes you to the point where nothing else matters. And yet there is no easy way of eliminating pain
Try to remain calm, focus on your pain. When thoughts or feelings come up in your mind, don't ignore them or suppress them, do not analyze or judge their content. The goal is to be more in touch with life, with whatever is happening in your own body and mindin the present moment.
Resist the impulse to try to escape the unpleasantness or the sensation of pain, instead see it clearly, as it is. Ultimately, mindfulness is best thought of as a way of being, rather that as a technique.
The three basic formal meditation practices include the body scan, sitting meditation and sequences of hatha yoga postures done slowly, gently and mindfully.
For those with chronic back pain, mindfulness reduces the degree of suffering. You also learn by watching the painful sensations.
Over time, mindfulness can help you to see your discomfort as physical sensation separate from the negative emotions and interpretations, it generates.
We often say: "This pain is killing me" or "I can't go on if this keeps up". But if we stop and ask ourselves: "Is the pain really killing?" The answer is usually: "no." In other words, pain becomes worse if accompanied by the fear that it will continue unabated.
This understanding is usually enough to help us develop effective strategies for living with chronic pain and disallowing it to erode the quality of our lives.
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