Control Your Pain by Living in the Now

Control Your Pain by Living in the Now
Christine Tender Points I read Eckhart Tolle's classic book called "The Power of Now" many years ago. Although I considered it sound advice at the time, I guess I'd always thought of "now" on a larger scale. For example, I could tell myself today not to worry about next week until next week got here. Or I might talk myself out of currently being upset about something that happened the day before. However, I recently reread the book and discovered how beneficial this thought process can be when applied as it was meant to be applied — to each second. This is especially true for pain control. The book was teaching this message all along. I just wasn't ready to learn it when I read it the first time. An essential component of living in the now is to slow down your mind and move your focus inward. One technique I use to accomplish this is to consider all five senses. I ask myself what I'm hearing, smelling, seeing, and tasting in the current moment — in addition to what I'm feeling. This gives me a better sense of what's happening, right now. Then, I picture my body surrounded by a bright golden light. As I inhale, I picture the light coming into my body. With each breath, I inhale a bit more, until I feel fully engulfed. At that point, I feel like I'm truly "in my body." I try to focus totally on feeling, and not have any visual images. The surprising thing is if I do this when I'm in pain, I sometimes realize that I'm not in pain at that very moment. My pain is rarel
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