Best Pain Relief - Mind Over Matter
Pain can only feed on pain. Pain cannot feed on joy. It finds it quite indigestible.
ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now
Overcoming Pain With Your Mind
When pain is at an all time high,
I suffer in the still of night
My pillow dampened by my cry
I beg relief there’s none in sight ~
So I turn my thoughts to a time without pain.
When life deals me an awful blow
And I feel I’ve reached an all time low
I seem to have lost my inner glow
There’s nowhere to go, no where to go~
I get down on my knees and ask for direction
When my heart is hurting 'cause I've lost my son
And I think to myself “ I don’t want to go on”
I picture each grandchild one by one
And how they too must strive to go on~
I thank God for what once was
When my little light has lost its shine
And hides behind a faceless mime
I hear a voice from another time
Assure me “soon, all will be fine”
And I carve a smile for what will be
So I’m on a journey and I don’t like the end
I want to wake up and dream once again
Of a place full of rainbows and colors that blend
Where all animals smile 'cause they know I'm a friend
I bring one home to love and give care.
Inventing A New Way To Deal With Pain
If you do a search on the internet for "How to cope with pain," you'll find more articles than you can possibly read. Everything from the right painkiller to visualization will come up. And many of these will be helpful and work well.
But what may work for one person may not work at all for another. It depends on the person as well as the level of pain. One thing's for sure...none of us enjoy being in pain ( uh...well, most of us.)
And are we talking about emotional pain or physical? Since I'm the one writing this hub, I get to choose. So I choose both.
Now I'm not a witch doctor or a psychic. I'm just a woman who has been in a whole lot of pain both emotionally and physically. And sometimes, I don't know which came first or whether they both collided on me all at once.
I'm not here to talk about my woes (I already voiced all of that in my poem.) My intention is to introduce a new ( at least I think it's new ) way to deal with pain. Remember the old saying " necessity is the mother of invention?" Well, I was desperate to find a new way to deal with my own pain which was driving me crazy.
I have already stated ways for dealing with pain at the end of each verse of my poem, in case you didn't notice. But I'd like to elaborate on this a little more. So please indulge me.
Pain has a way of clipping our wings and keeping us from being able to fly ... and if left unresolved for very long, you can almost forget that you were ever created to fly in the first place.
WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack
What is Pain?
I've been told that the mind is the most powerful tool we have. I've recently had an opportunity to put this theory to the test. For the past few months I've had pain...lot's and lot's of pain. I still have pain. Some pain is temporary and some is chronic.
Marriam Webster describes pain as: a state of physical, emotional, or mental lack of well-being or physical, emotional, or mental uneasiness that ranges from mild discomfort or dull distress to acute often unbearable agony, may be generalized or localized, and is the consequence of being injured or hurt physically or mentally or of some derangement of or lack of equilibrium in the physical or mental functions (as through disease), and that usually produces a reaction of wanting to avoid, escape, or destroy the causative factor and its effects.
In other words, pain hurts. It interferes with actions. It interrupts our state of being. Pain - stay away from my door.
Steps to Overcome Pain Using Your Mind
As I said before, our levels of pain and ability to cope with pain are different. That being the case, it is possible that what has worked for me may not work for you. But it won't hurt to try.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Take a deep breath using the abdomen. The purpose for breathing deeply is to put your body in a relaxed state. Increased tension equals increased pain. So take several deep breaths and as you do invite the pain to leave your body.
- Place your pain in a different part of your body. By moving your energy and focus to another part of your body the pain can be re-directed.
- Take your mind to a time when you were pain free. Allow yourself to stay in that place and enjoy a pain free body.
- Adjust your attitude. When my pain was the worst, I became angry and impossible to be around. I finally decided to stop being angry and start being grateful. When I had pain in my feet I began to think about how lucky I am to have feet. Some people would give anything to have their feet back even with chronic pain. I began "speaking" to my pain. I even gave thanks that I had a body that could feel pain.
It wasn't long before I learned that by changing my attitude I could change my level of pain. Resistance only adds to pain. I decided to let go by putting a different spin on how miserable I was feeling. It worked.
To overcome pain with your mind may take some practice. Especially if you resist or tend to be skeptical. And I'm not for one minute suggesting that you replace prescriptions from your Doctor or his instructions with the above methods. I am NOT a Doctor. I do suggest visiting your own Doctor when you are plagued with pain.
These suggestions are meant to be an aid in reducing pain. They have helped me and I also hope they will help you.
Of all the things we can feel with our minds and bodies, severe pain is the purest, for it drives everything else from our awareness and focuses us as perfectly as we can ever be focused.
DEAN KOONTZ, Dark Rivers of the H
How do you cope with pain?
© 2012 Audrey Hunt