THE PAIN PARADOX from “Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness”. Part 2

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Yet doctors were also open to the idea. Each of them had patients they couldn’t cure and who were resistant to conventional treatment approaches. Doctors and their patients had little to lose.

 

The first MBSR studies thus began with those who were suffering from chronic pain.

 

Kabat-Zinn wanted to see whether they could mobilize their own internal responses to the suffering they were experiencing.

 

 

We invited them, paradoxically,” he said, “to put the welcome mat out for whatever sensations they were experiencing,

 

 

just to see if they could attend to them moment by moment and ‘befriend’ the actuality of their experience, even briefly.”

 

 

The results were successful. Patients found that their relationship to pain shifted positively when they practiced mindfulness.

 

At times, their pain even disappeared.

 

 

Patients also reported discovering that the vexing sensations that lived inside them were transient and shifting.

 

Rather than being constant throughout their day, the pain was shifting over time—a huge realization for those who felt perpetually burdened by their bodies.

 

 

Mindfulness was helping people relate to their pain differently.

 

 

For some, it was even opening a door to a freedom they had forgotten or had previously not known.
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