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Limiting Pains impact

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This came up in the mindfulness group. A painful knee injury was disrupting a life.

First thing we do is use our breath to focus. We take our breath into the center of our pain. In this instance, take your breath inside that knee and hang out for twenty slow breaths.

Without judgment or bias we feel all the pain. We notice it’s strength, it’s qualities, sharp, deep, intense, burning, etc. Does the pain have a color, a shape, a temperament, or an emotional content.

Next, we concentrate on our strongest focus object. For me it is my breath using my model.

Build your intensity, follow your breath, notice how this focus has diminished the quality of the pain. Bringing intense focus elsewhere robs pain of attention, thus lessening its strength.

How we react or refuse to react to our pain impacts its power!

Ask yourself these questions.

Is my pain constant in intensity during the day or does it fluctuates?

Are there things that influence your pain, behaviors, thoughts or emotions?

Am I afraid of my pain? Do I avoid all activities because of pain.

Does pain damage me?

Does pain have emotion. Is it angry at us, punishing us, Mad at us, or is it a neurological reaction.

Pain can be a warning of future damage, if we keep up certain activities. Pain may alert me, my hamstring will suffer damage unless it is rested or given therapy.

Chronic Pain exists but does no damage until it reaches a severe intensity.

My chronic pain does no permanent damage to my being. Chronic Pain does deplete some of my energy daily but that is the extent of it.

I do not fear it or give it any attention. This post has given it more energy than it has received in days.

If you have chronic pain, your ability to limit its impact, directly relates to the quality of life.

Find a way to exercise aerobically to bring out our endorphins.

We can increase or diminish our pain with our attitude and behavior.

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Worst things in life!

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Miles Pilling: http://mindfulphotos.org
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As Mark Twain so aptly put it,
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“Some of the worst things in my life never happened.”
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That would mean all the worry, the future predictions of gloom and doom were invisible, invented, air.
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Look at the time we invest in doubt, worry, delusional fear fuelled by thoughts and attached emotions.
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We fear what we predict and avoid the consequences like they are real.
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How much of life is wasted on this?
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Again, the greatest impact on our life is the decision where we place our attention.
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Decide to give attention to thought, grasp doubt and worry, or let go to be in this moment.
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The difference can be as stark as suffering and happiness!
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Thought, almost nothing: Joseph Goldstein!!!!!

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“What is a thought—
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that strange,
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ephemeral phenomenon
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that can so
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dominate
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our lives?
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When we look directly
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at a thought,
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we see that
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it is little
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more than nothing.
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Yet when it is unnoticed,
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it wields tremendous power.”
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~ Joseph Goldstein ~
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Thought, almost nothing, ephemeral, air without action.
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