Monday, February 18, 2013

Meditation for pain

In yoga we're always talking about how we have to let go of attachments when we're meditating. But what if pain is the distraction?

As hard as that sounds...we have to let go of that too.

Picture this...maybe you're experiencing physical pain. And day to day in are always thinking about your knee and how it hurts...maybe you've already been told you have to get surgery, maybe you are not sure but you're kind of freaked out that maybe its that bad. The more you're thinking about it, the more it might be hurting. In meditation...maybe you can sit comfortably in a chair so that you're knee doesn't hurt. Prop yourself up in the most comfortable position and instead of being the guy with the knee pain, for the next 15 minutes, you can just take a break from that. Take a break from wondering what happened to your knee, or wishing you hadn't played basketball so much without resting, or wishing you hadn't been so careless that day you climbed a ladder to fix the curtain rod.

And then there's emotional pain...maybe people have really hurt you, things have gone really bad no matter how nice, caring and giving of a person you have been. Sometimes you don't think about the past, but sometimes it creeps up on you and there it is....that hopeless pain in your chest that is keeping you from moving on, keeping you from having good relationships or keeping you from focusing on your job. You're attached to your pain. Easier said then done to let it one knows what is about but you. But...imagine that for the next 15 minutes in get to have a break from it. The more you give yourself time away from the pain, it just might get easier for you to begin a healing process from it, if you haven't already.

We all have different kinds of pain, and the most painful part of it is that no one can understand your pain that is unique to you and what happened to you...holding on to your pain sets us off of our balance. It prevents us from opening up our hearts, our minds and causes blockages in our Chakras.

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