Thinking your way out of suffering…

Portland Mindfulness Therapy

Pain.

We don’t like it.  It’s unpleasant.  It disrupts our concentration.  It saps our energy.  It can, if we let it, make our lives unlivable.  And at the same time, we cannot avoid it, if we live long enough.

Pain may be the single most helpful asset to a mindfulness meditation practice.  Granted, that’s not much comfort if you’re in pain, especially if you don’t practice meditation.  Even if you do practice mindfulness, it can be very challenging to apply this practice to pain.  We tend to equate mindfulness practice with pleasant feelings, despite how wildly inaccurate that equation may be.  When we’re in pain, we simply don’t want to feel our feelings, because, well, they suck.

It is the fundamental suckiness of things that led Shakyamuni Buddha to his realization of the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism.  Now, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to see some logic…

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