Pain versus Suffering

Pain is the short term sensation that we experience when we are not in alignment with the harmony of our biology, chemistry, emotions or mental image that we have of the world. Suffering and trauma on the other hand is pain that we think we have no control over, that makes us feel we are stuck or blocked, we have no hope or chance of improvement.

Considering the key to life is all about movement, growth and expansion, feeling stuck can be like a slow death. Suffering in the physical and emotional body is however optional, you cannot control the pain that you experience, but the way you perceive that pain and how you react to the situation is in your power. Make the clear distinction between pain and suffering, pain is inevitable suffering is optional.

I am talking here from my own experience, as for the last 6 months I have been recovering from a herniated disk, and for the ones that don’t know anything about this condition, I can vouch about the intensity of pain one feels. In my case the thing that flipped the scale towards healing faster, was my attitude about the situation, I absolutely knew that it is going to heal, I pushed myself physically to not be stuck in bed and avoid movement, I had a nonnegotiable meditation and mindfulness practice, that helped me a lot to be grounded in my body, and kept me away from the thinking vortex that can drag you down with worry and impossible projections about how things will unravel. I researched as much as I could about my condition to have a realistic understanding about how things are, and got confirmation from my doctors and physiotherapist.

I can wholeheartedly say that chronic pain is not a life sentence, there are many practices and exercises (non-medical) that can improve the life quality and lifestyle of the person experiencing the condition. The main condition is never to give up or stop ‘moving’. Change perspective and take responsibility for your own healing, find a support person or group that can understand and sustain you through your condition, as much as supportive your family and friends are, you need a person or group that have experience in this condition.

There is no bigger block then the fear of disappoint when you are dealing with suffering, the idea that you dare to hope and the rug is being swept right under you, but you can do it, anything is better than being stuck. Take action, nothing major just small baby steps into doing something different, start a yoga class, a meditation practice, take walk, talk to a friend, find a coach or therapist.

Remember, I am holding every Monday morning, an online meditation class that you can join, details on my Clean Mind facebook page.

All the best

Ioana

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