Being Mindful: the Undefeated Mind

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Taikō Josetsu is usually considered as the father of Japanese painting.
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“Because studies had shown that simply becoming mindful of one’s emotional response to pain decreases its unpleasantness and improves functioning, and because meditation had been shown to reduce the unpleasantness of acute pain by almost 60 percent (making meditation by some measures superior even to morphine), she first began teaching him how to meditate.
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She instructed him to focus specifically on attending to his breathing and on acknowledging any and all negative internal reactions without judgment, thinking the latter would be especially useful in helping him learn to accept his pain.
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Interestingly, she told him, meditation had also been found to decrease the activation of several of the brain’s pain centers, hinting at the possibility that the pain-sensitizing derangements found in the brains of chronic pain sufferers might actually be amenable to repair.
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Further, other research showed that when chronic pain patients were trained to reduce the activity in their anterior cingulate cortex by receiving real-time visual feedback from inside a functional MRI scanner, they were able to reduce their pain by as much as 50 percent without specifically intending pain reduction as their goal , offering evidence that conscious control of nonconscious brain activity is not only possible but also might represent another way to control pain.
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In addition to recommending meditation, she emphasized how chronic pain differs from acute pain; that unlike acute pain, chronic pain doesn’t represent harm.
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She stressed the need for him to abandon the short-term strategies he used to treat his pain, strategies that interfered with his ability to work (for example, remaining still or not going outside).
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on December 14, 2015 at 12:32 am

    what you write makes no sense and no difference, i am completely fucked and been totally fucked over and will kill this body thanks to those murdering evil bastards!

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