I’ve got some good news and some bad news: Have you ever noticed that when times get tough the pain goes crazy?
I remember the worst pain I ever felt was my migraines. They blindsided me, they nauseated me, and they brought me to my knees — and my bed.
I began to notice that daily headaches quickly became migraines when I was worried, stressed, or anxious. That was pain manifesting from my thoughts . . . from my head! I knew I would begin to experience pain and nausea when I got stressed, and yes indeed — I sure did.
I also found that when my mother was very ill I was hobbling around due to the pain and stiffness in my knees. That was a response to fear, grief, and stress. My thoughts created emotions, which led to chronic pain.
Your thoughts and emotions can and do have a huge impact on your chronic pain
This is no way to live, being at the mercy of a thought process that is spinning out of control from fear, anxiety, and dread. That’s the bad news.
I’ve mentioned before that I have come to believe that chronic pain is “all in your head” — and what I mean is that it emanates from our thoughts and emotions. I believe that 80 percent (remember that rule?) of the EXPERIENCE of chronic pain is an emotional response to a thought, a belief, or an experience.
This is not to say that chronic pain is not real and that the experience of chronic pain is imagined. Saying that chronic pain is emotional does not mean that it is not real, valid, or intense. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I’m referring to the way the brain processes information, and the combination of the physical sensation of pain and the emotional response to the pain. This is what creates the pain experience. The discomfort that you know is real. You feel it, live it, and cope with it.
Let’s look at ways to deal with this to make the pain more manageable — and of course my goal is to eliminate it by addressing the root cause of the pain.
A gift for you: a meditation that soothes the mind and calms the pain
Here is a 3-minute breathwork meditation for you to practice and enjoy. I love teaching meditation as it is such a powerful approach to healing and balancing the body, heart and soul. So get comfortable and access the breathwork meditation below:
Meditation is a great first step in your healing. Chronic pain does not need to rule your life. There is help available! Whether the pain is mental, emotional, physical, or spiritual, help is available you can move beyond pain and live a life of ease, freedom, and joy.
When I started working with Bev, she was completely overwhelmed with pain and could not manage to find the source of the problem. Looking at her life and her lifestyle, it was clear that she was under enormous stress. Bev began a meditation practice that included breathwork, qigong, and a walking meditation practice. She discovered that she was much happier and she could grab the pain before it got away from her. With a few other simple changes, it wasn’t long before long Bev was enjoying life, and only occasionally reached for a painkiller.
Over time she became pain free, she had moved beyond pain and into a full, happy life that brought her much joy. Her first step was meditation.
Ready to move beyond chronic pain?
Chronic pain refers to the pain that continues long after a trauma or injury. The nerves continue to send signals to the brain that results in more pain, ongoing pain, and eventually it becomes a feedback loop, meaning that the original message of injury continues to communicate to the brain. This is the chronic pain. Chronic pain may be experienced as depression, anxiety, PTSD, phobias, fatigue, a sore joint or tissue; it is mental, emotional, physical or even spiritual.
Are you ready to move beyond pain? To live your life feeling free to move and enjoy each and every day? Chronic pain doesn’t need to rule your life — you can take control. Great news: I can help!
Nancy is a highly skilled teacher, mentor, and guide who helped me in my personal quest for living a pain free and happy life, in better health.
She is compassionate and caring and has a wealth of information to offer on qigong, meditation, nutrition, spirituality, and every aspect of wellness.
I really appreciated her focus on mindfulness, as we often overlook that key component of our physical pain, mental and emotional health. Thank you Nancy! —Maureen