Pain is Trying to Tell You Something
At the first sign of pain, many of us tend to reach for quick-fix solutions like acetaminophen and ibuprofen. However, many prescribed medications and over-the counter drugs merely mask the pain, and never really address the cause of it. Additionally–and more concerning–prolonged use of these medications can lead to stomach ulcers, liver problems, and other health issues.
There is, however, a safe and healthy option that will address the root of the problem without harmful side effects. This solution begins in your mind.
Pain: friend or foe
Our bodies are constantly sending us messages. Sometimes we choose to listen to them, while other times–especially in the case of pain– we tend to avoid them all costs. And why wouldn’t we? Pain can be an intensely unpleasant experience that we want to escape from as soon as possible.
However, pain is not your enemy. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Pain is a healthy response by a trusted companion which sends you vital information. If you change your relationship with pain and embrace it as a valuable friend, you can work with it to find out what your body is trying to tell you to do.
Getting to the route of pain
Your body is always communicating with you and pain is the body’s language to let you know it’s time for a change.
The first step in listening to your body is to ask your pain what its message is for you. Sit quietly for a few moments and become aware of your body then simply ask:
What do you want?
What are you telling me?
What can I do to give you what you need?
It is surprising that in many cases, these questions will be answered immediately. Don’t worry if the answer does not present itself right away–be patient and stick with it. Once you have an answer, you can then begin the process of getting to the route of the problem and giving the body what it needs to move towards better health.
What can I do to ease my pain?
After you have listened to your body, you can try this pain-relieving method.
If your pain had a colour, what colour would that be?
If your pain had a sound, what sound would that be?
If your pain had a texture, what would that feel like?
Now that you have given your pain a colour, take a moment to relax in a quiet space, close your eyes and try to alter that colour. For example, if the colour you have designated for your pain is bright yellow, then in your mind’s eye, try to dim the intensity of the brightness or change it altogether to a more relaxing, soothing colour of your choice.
You can alter the sound of your pain by turning the volume down or experimenting with different sounds. You can try varying the melody and rhythm or replace it with a more pleasant, calming sound.
The texture of your pain might feel jagged and sharp to you. To change this, imagine your pain morphing into a flat, smooth surface.
Understanding that your pain has a positive intention is an important first step in naturally controlling it and getting to the root of the issue.