Simple Methods to Overcome Pain: Meditation, Wellness, Mindfulness, Spirituality and Simple Living
An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure
Get comfortable! When you think meditation, you may visualize sitting on the floor with crossed legs. Ouch! Unless you’re from India, you likely prefer a chair. Meditation is a mental process; success is an inner experience, not an outward appearance.
Teachers often recommend being perfectly still during a sitting meditation. This idea is more of a guide than a rule. Move, but remain mindful (fully aware, in the present moment) . Next time your butt hurts so bad you’re going to cry, try a gentle shift in position. However, do so with your full conscious attention. Just so you know: movement can also be a meditation.
Can’t beat it, join it
As time goes on, sitting (mostly) still becomes increasingly difficult. All the minor aches and pains you have accumulated from a well-lived life start to come to the surface. The pain distracts you from your meditation object, and you are unable to remain focused. You have entered a state of mental torment. You are fighting what is. You are wishing for a state of tranquility, but instead, you are in a state of misery. Meditation is being present to the experience you are having.
Harness the power
Use the energy the pain creates against itself. Just like a Tai Chi master! The pain ignites all your senses. This is your door into the present moment. Stop saying no to it! Your body wants your conscious attention. Stop neglecting it. It screams, “Pay attention to me!”
All things soon pass
Nothing is permanent. Stay with your painful experience and watch it dissipate. Watch carefully! What is it that remains?
The path of meditation is personal, but a good guide can help you from feeling lost.