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I would like to share an article I wrote before joining this community. It is a bit long winded as is all of my articles. Hopefully your time will not be wasted here. I hope that some part of it may be useful for you All.
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Tormented x 2
Is it possible that meditation can help us with pain management?
How is this possible?
And what exactly is meditation?
Meditation is our natural state. It's a state of being. Not being this or that. Just simply existing and flowing with life however it flows.
As a byproduct of our worldly life we have attached so many ideas and beliefs to the world in which we live; the objects which occupy it; along with our experiences of It. We label, define, describe, judge and have desire, aversion or indifference towards every object that appears to our senses.
We must realize that those characteristics; the way we define objects is of human creation. All things visible, invisible, known or unknown have had labels attached to them. Even when something is completely unknown to us. We call it unknown. Unknown is also a label. Even referring to it as an object is also labeling. Anything said is mind created. It does not exist outside of this little mind.
All things naturally exist without name, definition or description. We attach names, definitions and descriptions to them. We, because of a need to communicate about our world have defined all which appears in it.
Why is this important to know? Because our suffering is mental. There may be physical pain in the body But the real suffering is from the minds incessant judgment and commentary about the pain and sickness. So when we are in physical pain there is great discomfort. And that discomfort is increased many times by minds commentary and storytelling about pain or illness.
For example. Why me? I've always been a good person. I always try to help people. Why Is God punishing me? I'm spending too much time hospitalized. It's causing my family to suffer. It's causing financial problems. All income is dependent upon my husband or wife because my chronic pain doesn't allow me to function in a normal job. My kids cry because they see me sick all the time.
Because of how mind thinks one is always worried, stressed, maybe there is even fear of death. So why is this? Mind's perception of the situation is the issue. There may be overwhelming physical pain in the body, but the mental anguish created in the mind due to this pain increases our suffering. So we are tormented times two. In the body and in the mind. But it is only perceived as torment by mind. Not by the body. The tormented attitude is all mind.
How we think or what we believe about our pain and sickness is what causes the mental anguish. If the pain was just in the body It would be more tolerable. When we are in pain there is discomfort. Then when the pain is gone there is no more discomfort. But when we weave stories around our pain and discomfort it's not like this. Even when there is no physical pain we suffer in mind because of past thoughts about pain, the possible resulting financial situations and suffering because of this pain and desire not to have pain again.
So the issue is dealing with the pain, not ignoring it, and remaining even minded. I tell you this from personal experience that it is possible. Meditation practice is training to accept what is by lessening minds incessant need to name, define, describe, judge, like and dislike objects. By doing this We become more even minded in our everyday life. Our life may shift 360 degrees. After all, we know our world through this mind right? All things must pass through this mind via the senses.
So It makes sense that our change in attitude; in perception regarding the objects of our perception will also cause a shift in our lives. We know the pain as pain and stop weaving stories around it. It is those stories that cause the perceived problems.
Even when that pain is debilitating If we are even minded, our body may not function as it use to but our mind can be at peace about this situation. Our functionality may be reduced but we can still live a good life. Living a good life is mental not physical. We could be in perfect health with an apparently endless supply of money flowing from our pockets and still be miserable. We don't have to live miserably. Misery is a choice. That misery is not caused by issues in the body. They are caused by the epic tales we weave around those issues; the resulting pain and Our life as a whole.