Pain of any type can make us forget even our best and strongest intentions. Does chronic pain drag on your immune system and bore away inside you until it seems like your inner joy is lost forever?
When pain wakes you from sleep in the middle of the night, or you toss and turn and can’t get to sleep here are some ways you can use your mind to bring you relief. You can use your mind with your breath, your mind with colour, and/or your mind with sound.
When you use your abdomen to breathe it increases your endorphins- your natural pain killers.
Here are some ways you can use your mind and your breath to release the pain and ease your situation.
1. Breathe with Your Abdomen.
When you inhale your abdomen rises and when you exhale you pull your abdomen in slightly. Breathe out longer than you breathe in. This brings the energy down into your abdomen and makes more space for the pain tension to release from where it is.
2. Keep track of Your Breathing.
Notice what your breath does when you breathe.
- When you inhale through your nose, notice it going past the hairs on your nose into your throat.
- Do more breaths, then notice and follow your inhale through your nose, throat, into your chest.
- Finally, notice the energy inhale of your breath as it goes through your nose, throat, chest, and down into your lower abdomen. This last, seems such an easy activity, you doubt it will ease the pain. Try it. Keep your mind on your noticing your breath. You may be surprised.
3. Breathe in Freshness.
Focus your mind totally on your inhale to your abdomen. You will exhale naturally. Focus on the word ‘freshness’ or on anything you like when it is fresh i.e. a spring morning, smell of fruit directly off the tree, yourself after your shower and so on….
4. Breathe in Space.
Breathe the word and thought ‘space’ into your pain. Exhale as you notice the pain spreading out. As more space is created the pain will be released out of your body.
5. Nourish Your Energy.
When the pain has released or diminished, rub the palms of your hands together and place them on the area that was painful. If you cannot reach the area with your hands, use your mind to imagine your hands warming and nourishing the body area.
Enjoy your breathing. It changes your life.