Believe it or not, if you suffer from any type or chronic pain or if you ever feel any type of pain, one of the best things you can do is to welcome it.
The basic premise is that when we resist or avoid pain, we can amplify it and create more suffering for ourselves. By accepting pain, either physical or emotional pain, and allowing ourselves to experience it fully, we can lessen our overall suffering and move through it more effectively.
Our natural instinct is to avoid feeling pain, but the more we push ourselves away from it, the longer or stronger it persists.
Feeling pain and trying to get away from it triggers fear and anxiety, which creates more pain. If we welcome the pain and allow it to be there, the fear and anxiety goes away. The pain transforms and becomes less intense, and the more we welcome it and give it space, the more it goes away.
Pain is a signal that something is wrong and needs attention, so in times of pain we must consciously shift the attention to ourselves and observe the pain without judgment, allowing ourselves to fully experience it without resisting it, and recognizing and releasing the sensations and emotions associated with it.
Next time you are in pain, close your eyes, relax your shoulders, breathe deeply and slowly, and embrace the pain. Feel it and ask yourself: Could I welcome this into my space? Practice this for five minutes or as much as you want and observe what happens.
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