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Pain vs. the Idea of Pain

Pain vs. the Idea of Pain

The mind, being everywhere, is non-local, and through the process of attention we localize it. So if we want something to become our life experience, we put our attention on it. If we don’t want something to become our life experience, we take our attention away from it. In fact, the whole mechanics of creation is just that: a certain quality of attention of the self to itself.

Whatever you put your attention on grows stronger in your life. When people experience pain, they try to avoid it or they want to escape from it. And the more they try to do that, the more their attention is on the idea of pain. The idea of pain gets magnified, and of course that creates more pain.

So if you have a headache and you want to get rid of it, then simply be with the headache; be with the pain. Don’t analyze, don’t interpret, and don’t try to judge the pain. Feel the sensation with your full awareness. Put your attention on the sensation, and you’ll see that it dissipates.

Pure consciousness is a healing force, so when you put your attention on the sensation, consciousness gets into it and saturates it with the healing force of life. If, however, you put your attention on the idea of pain, then the pain will become more pronounced.

Adapted from Power, Freedom and Grace by Deepak Chopra (Amber-Allen Publishing Inc., 2006).

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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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9:58PM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Tx

5:08AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thanks

2:34AM PDT on Apr 9, 2013

Thank you :)

7:56PM PDT on Apr 8, 2013

Actually, there are perfectly legitimate reasons for using aspirin and an occaisional NSAID. They actually reduce the inflammatory cytokines involved with pain duration.

See when you are in pain, your body produces "senders of pain"(inflammatory cytokines) to your nerves. They eventually do subside, but they really are unnecessary to endure if the pain is a headache. An aspirin will save you alot of thinking or not thinking about the pain you are experiencing.

8:22AM PST on Dec 2, 2012

thanks.

8:00AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

thanks

10:16AM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

2:21AM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

thank you, it's so true.

4:38AM PDT on Aug 29, 2012

Thanks for the article.

1:28PM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing!

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