A friend asked:
“Sam, I’ve somehow developed chronic pain. Tietze’s. Many people say agony connects us to the living world, but I don’t feel that way. It has made me stronger and pushed me a long ways in my spiritual journey.. but I am becoming rather unafraid to die and am feeling a potent disconnection from my physical reality. In a way, I’ve never been happier. Do you have any recommendations for coping with pain? I am only 20 years old and I feel absolutely ancient. A 2 hour class has become too long to sit.”
Chronic pain can be treated in a number of ways. First consult your physician and get a pain management program in place. This may include medication, physical therapy or other techniques such as bio-feedback or hypno-therapy.
Yes, meditation has been found to be very effective in the reduction of chronic pain. In a recent article in the acclaimed peer reviewed journal “The Journal of Neuroscience” researchers concluded that mindfulness meditation after only EIGHTY MINUTES of training reduced pain levels to a greater degree than opiates.
Also self hypnosis also known as “auto-hypnosis” has been shown to work miracles in the treatment of chronic pain.
Self Hypnosis Routine and Suggestions:
1- Pick a time, and place when you won’t have any distractions.