Sacred Partnerships

There is nothing like speaking to another who lives with chronic pain. There is an immediate sense of understanding and shared experience that you cannot find with others, no matter how empathic and compassionate they may be.

I always feel better, certainly in respect to a sense of community, as opposed to the more frequent sense of singularity and in many other ways, after speaking with someone who shares the chronic pain journey.

It is especially revelatory when one comes across individual’s who are finding a positive path to manage their pain.


The following is a poignant writing on living and traveling when faced with great challenge, a common experience by Dr. Paul Fleishman, a writer and psychiatrist. He has written The Healing Spirit and Cultivating Inner Peace. He won the Oskar Pfister Award by the American Psychiatric Association for his “important contributions to the humanistic and spiritual side of psychiatric issues”.

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Why Things Hurt by Lorimer Moseley

This is a great TED Talk by a remarkable Neuroscience Researcher, Lorimer Moseley, from Australia. He travels around the world as a keynote speaker on pain, and has written three charming and highly readable books on the science on pain. He and brings so much humor to the subject and is a wealth of current information about pain, how it works and what can be done about it. He does it all with a twinkle in his eye and a ready laugh.

He is a great gift to the cause of exploring, remediating, researching, investigating, addressing and bringing compassion, understanding and light to the whole topic of pain.

This presentation is a must-see for any one living with pain.


To Begin

We so often begin the day, our perceptions, our responses, a trip, a task, if you live with chronic pain, with the experience, the awareness, of pain. We routinely no longer even recognize the moment, the immediate, overwhelming sense of pain from which we approach all of life.

Holding pain in our bodies, a unique ” pain signature” for all individuals, can include such characteristic pain responses as a shortening of breath, tightness around the chest, the heart, and in the jaw, and an overall rigidity, the sense of guarding of one’s “hold” of the body. Such manifestations of pain, unfortunately, serve to compound the experience of pain.  The entire cycle is far from the best of beginnings.

However, in each initial moment, in those beginnings, much positive, health inducing, change is possible if we learn to recognize our “Pain Signature” and relax this reflexive protection, tensing, of our bodies. We do this through learning to practice the skill of mindful body scanning.

It is a positive and powerful strengthening step to take the time to investigate, explore, and become easily familiar and aware of our unique “pain signature “.

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