“You may break,
you may shatter the vase, if you will,
But the scent of the roses
will hang round it still.”
~ Thomas Moore
The benefits of deep breathing for those in chronic pain are profound, far surpassing what many of us might imagine.
It is a pain management tool, finally, that gives us an immediate, healthy, empowering response and method-at-our-fingertips to deal with a life lived in constant pain.
For many an immediate way to deal with chronic pain…no Doctor’s, Specialists, pills, appointments, insurance, money, in any situation or environment, any hour of the day constitutes, hands down, a miracle…
“You know, Hobbes,
even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.”
~ Bill Watterson, Creator of Calvin and Hobbs
Chronic pain, especially in its debilitating forms, leads to significant changes in one’s life. Mobility, activities, the ability to work and play can all be seriously impacted and as a result we, our inner self, changes as well.
The grief of the loss of our former selves and, for many, the sense that few understand our experience can have serious consequences. Crucially, our relationships are dramatically altered. We are often no longer able to meet and get together with others as easily as we did in the past, physical mobility, and mental states play a role (depression and anxiety are common “side-effects” of Chronic Pain) and too, some people, sadly, simply do not have the patience, understanding and/or compassion needed to maintain relationships with the chronically ill.
“Every tomorrow has two handles:
We can take hold
by the handle of adversity
By the handle of faith.”
~ Heaney Ward Beecher