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Pain and Paying Attention

Pain. Probably not the most favorite of topics. A sensation people often seek to avoid. Yet at some point crosses your path, invades or strikes your body. The key point in addressing pain is in developing a relationship with it. Not as a way to attach and identify with the pain, but to process the signal as an invitation to come to know something about your body or yourself that you hadn’t before.

As new life emerges into existence, pain is part of that process. The realities about pain are far more generative and serving toward development and learning when they are accepted, worked through and released than with a quick patch or attempt to fix.

There are times where softening pain can be of service to working through pain. There are times when numbing pain can be of service to addressing the root. The point is not about what is the right or wrong way to manage or work through pain, but to rather consider there is a message pain is attempting to signal-shining a bright pointer towards an awareness.

Tears often accompany pain. Tears may signal a passing of an ideal when confronted with reality. Think about going along during your day and then something happens that hurts- internally, physically, or psychologically- and this kind of disruption in the stream of reality may bring something to your attention that causes discomfort. In the passing of tears, a refresh. A salt bath, as something that heals and cleanses the body- tears can heal and cleanse the mind and imagination.

Addressing pain is not an invitation to be afraid, though fear may accompany pain, but rather requests great courage. For it takes courage to seek support, request assistance, find guidance in some way. Treating pain with directness is often more compassionate than attempting to pretend its not there or will it away. Yet excessive focus on pain itself can detract from gaining from the experience something that can be useful.

Developing a relationship to understanding pain are articulating the different ways the sensation arrives and passes through the body. Immediate pain, localized pain, the severity of the pain-these are all considerations worth noting. No pain, however small or large ought to be ignored-yet neither belaboured or blamed. And for those living with chronic pain-the experience of pain develops into something entirely different. With support and guidance, many hands of help may facilitate a learning of a way towards ease in experience, balance within the body. Pain can be a signal toward guiding choices towards healthy balance and being aware in your body, and interested in your life.

And your life, as one of a kind as it is, in all of the myriads of expression, offers an opportunity to make choices to navigate all kinds of experiences- guiding through pain, free from pain, and able to manage whatever pain that may or may not transpire in the future. By reaching out for guidance, taking active responsibility towards choosing support that helps in facing what life brings up for us-are actions of choosing to live towards health, balance and enjoyment. Pain becomes another shade of experience. One of the many waves of experience. And that kind of shift can produce all kinds of radical change.

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