In the circle we experience perfect symmetry, integrity, unity and completeness. This sense of wholeness is also something associated with the ideal state of well-being, of external and internal balance and harmony.
Mandalas (the Sanskrit word for circle) are found in cultures across history, from Tibetan Buddhist’s sand-designs to Native American medicine wheels to European Cathedral’s circular stain-glass windows, and all have been utilized as a path and symbol of spiritual connection, centeredness and too, to foster and guide us towards well-being, in the largest sense of the world…
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One of the things we know about the body, beyond doubt, is that movement, exercise, is crucial to the well-being of our entire system. The body is designed to move…
lying down or sitting for too long can have manifold negative effects on many body systems: the spine,
our vital organs and even our brain, all of which do not function nearly as well if you’re living a highly sedentary lifestyle.
But living with Chronic Pain can make movement of any kind near impossible…
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and I speak from experience,
that even in the midst of darkness,
It is possible to create light
and share warmth with one another.”
~ Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor
What is Chronic Pain?
Basically, as defined by Stanford University’s Dr. Sean Mackey, it meets the following criteria:
- Lasts longer than 3-6 month, or beyond the “expected” time of healing
- Serves NO physiological purpose
- Takes a toll on the individual and those in the sufferer’s life (from family members to society at large)
- It can be a symptom of another disease, but it can also be a disease in and of it’s own right
- The disease of Chronic Pain fundamentally alters our nervous system
- We’re learning that, like the disease of diabetes, Chronic Pain as a disease needs to be approached and managed as a chronic disease
- There are an estimated 100 million sufferers of chronic pain in the U.S. (a range that covers those who can self-manage at home and are still very functional to those who have a catastrophic level of pain)
- Costs are estimated to be over $ 1/2 a trillion per year in the U.S. (more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined)
(As explained in an excellent informative video found here.)
Stanford University’s Pain Medicine web-site also has a wealth of information on and resources for those living with Chronic Pain.