Control Your Pain by Living in the Now

Control Your Pain by Living in the Now
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 rarely constant, rather, it ebbs and flows. If I do feel pain, I go back to the other four senses. Sometimes, even in the brief time span of one deep breath, the pain recedes. The present moment will then be without pain. If at that time you can convince yourself that nothing else exists apart from the present moment (ano
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