Friday, March 28, 2014

"Finding Pleasure in Being Present." by Celeste Cooper

 “There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.” 
~ Lord Byron

Day Twenty-three

It comes as no surprise that when we are sedentary, our mind shifts on its own, and the first place it targets is our pain source. This makes it difficult for us, so let's allow our mind to take a vacation from daily stressors and productivity. Our brain needs calm just like our body.

We should acknowledge our pain because it too deserves tender loving care. Body awareness through mindfulness allows an unbiased assessment. We acknowledge pain's presence, but we step back from it by relinquishing our role as a critic. When we are able to do this, the parts of our brain that are normally ramped up from negative pain dialogue begin to experience neutral feelings about pain.

There is a plethora of information on the techniques of mindfulness. Books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Bernie Seigel, Neville Goddard, Martha Beck, Thich Nhat Hanh, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and other mind-body experts can be helpful. Find information on prayer and meditation practice in the Winter Devotions of the series.  Today, I will recognize my pain without judging it, understanding it takes practice.

Excerpt from Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain, SPRING DEVOTIONS found here.  

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"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain ProAdvocate

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