The gifts of illness

Please click on the following link to read my article on Elephant Journal: “The Gifts of Illness,” I wrote about illness from an unconventional perspective, as something that offers us a way to wake up and develop compassion. The gifts in the article include: tolerance, mindfulness, transcendence, contemplation, moving toward embodiment, letting go, and compassion.

What to do with severe pain

We all get it at least once, except for those rare individuals who are born without the capacity to feel pain. Those people tend to die young because they don’t get important messages from their bodies. There are folks who get pain once in a great while, maybe they get an infection or burn themselves on a hot stove. There are folks that experience flares of pain from various health conditions, be it an old injury or a chronic disease. And there are also folks who live with pain almost every day. Pain becomes blended in with their every day experiences of life.

I’ve experienced all three categories and fortunately I only experience pain once in a while these days. When I feel pain, I have different strategies for dealing with it and I choose my strategy based on the level of pain.

If the pain is severe–a level of 7, 8, 9, or 10 out of 10–I mostly choose the following core strategies:
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