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Meditation For Pain

Meditation For Pain

Our reactions to external events localize in our bodies. We create emotions, which create physical pain. When we understand that simple fact, we can learn to change the way we respond to outside events.

We can choose the way we react to incidents in the world. If we react with anger, hostility, depression, anxiety, or another intense emotion, our bodies follow along and create the necessary hormones and muscle contractions and other physical manifestations that eventually cause us actual pain.

Therefore, we must always remember that these effects are our responsibility in the sense that we can change our reactions in ways that are less personally harmful. We can become free of emotional drama and turbulence.

Meditate for a moment on the concept of personal responsibility for emotional reactions. Once the pain has been located and acknowledged, and after you’ve taken responsibility for it, you can release the pain.

Place your attention on the part of the body where you are holding the pain. With every exhalation of breath, have the intention of releasing that tension that you are holding. For half a minute, focus on releasing tension and pain with every breath. Let it go. Breathe it out.

The next step is to share the pain. Imagine that you could speak to the person who was involved in the incident. What would you say to that person? As you consider this, remember that the person was not the true cause of your pain. You had the emotional reaction that manifested in physical pain. You have taken responsibility. Knowing this, what would you say to that person?

Whatever you say to share the pain you experienced will help to cleanse the experience from your consciousness forever. Share what you felt, share how you feel now, and share how you intend to deal with such feelings in the future. Take a moment to celebrate that you have used this painful experience to transcend to a higher level of consciousness.

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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9:28AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks

2:10AM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

Thank you :)

6:59PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you for this great article.

2:56PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

thank you

12:18AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thanks for the information!

4:01AM PDT on May 3, 2012

thanks for sharing

2:44PM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Anything is worth a try. It just might work for you.

11:02AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

i find it hard to relax, so yoga is hard for me

12:11AM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

thanks

2:50PM PDT on Mar 28, 2010

Healing the pain is to accept that that which contributed to it was self-created in order to heal something else, as well. Reaction only continues the pain one is experiencing. To allow for growth and true healing remedies, just let your desire to heal control your actions. This a step to conscious living.
Remember Life itself, is a meditation.

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