Pain vs. Suffering

Feb 1, 2015 | Mind, Personal Development, Question Submission, Spirit

Question from a reader:

“What about suffering that involves physical pain?  My husband is in terrible pain following extensive surgery. Isn’t that suffering? How does he change the response to pain? He is on board with what you wrote above about choosing how to look at all events as neutral and changing how we react to those events.”

Obviously we are talking about physical suffering vs. emotional suffering, which are two similar but different things. To use a very famous quote…

Pain – particularly physical pain – happens and it always will. It serves an evolutionary purpose to let us know when the physical body is in danger.

But just like emotional pain, you can also attach to physical pain and make the experience worse than it actually has to be. 

Think about it-

When you stub your toe, the typical reaction is that suddenly every ounce of awareness you have in your body is focused on that single point. Now you’re not just mildly aware of pain, you are fully aware, and that amplifies your experience of it.

Energy goes where attention flows…if you are focusing on your physical pain, you are going to be more aware of it. So in order to decrease the physical sensation, you have to learn to train your mind to go where you want it to go, and not be reactive. It’s the same technique you use with emotional reactions, just with a slightly different application.

When I am in physical pain, I use meditative techniques to help me focus elsewhere until it passes. Deep breaths from the belly (not the chest), with heavy exhales. Focus on the breath, not the pain.  I also use a visualization where I imagine my body as a net and the pain as water flowing through it. I find that this often helps lessen the experience.

Of course, it’s all going to depend on the nature of the pain and the injury and the individual ability to really focus their mind. We developed pain killers for a reason!

Here’s a meditation specifically for chronic pain management. If this guy’s voice doesn’t resonate with  you, do a quick google search and see what else is out there.

signature

 

 

 

 

 


Got a question you want me to answer in a blog post? 

If you have a general question about spirituality, metaphysics, personal development or how those concepts apply to a specific experience or situation and you'd like me to address in a blog post, you can submit it here. When submitting your question, please be as specific as possible. If your question is in reference to a specific blog post, please include the link. 

This does not apply to questions that you would ask during a psychic reading. Please book a reading with a reputable intuitive - you can find my list of recommended people here. I also offer single card tarot readings [GET DETAILS].

 

**NOTE*** This is not the comments section. Keep scrolling! 

4 Comments

  1. So, the question is, at what point do we focus our mind elsewhere to not focus on the pain; versus inquiring ourselves on why the body gave us such feedback; or inquiring on the nature and quality of the cause action / event / behavior?

    Reply
    • Well, in this particular instance, the pain is due to surgery. So focusing on that pain isn’t really helpful, because it was more or less elective. The place to focus your energy would have been on what was causing the thing that required surgery to begin with. That’s where you have to dig for the emotional aspects of it.

      Reply
  2. Bless you and thank you. I am happy to report that with a lot of deep breathing, visualization and (most importantly), a trip back to the doctor to get to the bottom of the pain, he is on the road to recovery! I totally see and understand the difference now…what you said makes perfect sense. Thanks Ashley.

    Reply
    • You’re welcome 🙂

      Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Should We Never Get Angry? | In My Sacred Space - […] I read another article the other day about the duality within the conscious community, and this statement in particular…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook      Pinterest      Twitter      Google Plus      Bloglovin      Instagram

most popular posts
[wpp]

My first reaction to the reading was WOW. Your words captured a theme woven into my life right now. The reading has emboldened me to take back my power and inspired me to research some books, get back to meditating and provided a focus.

Dina

New York

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This

Share This Article

Know some people who should read this? Share it now.

Shares