"Becoming disabled demands learning how to live effectively as a person with disabilities, not just living as a disabled person trying to become nondisabled." http://goo.gl/sIwD27
Great article (sister!) on how being able to recognize our emotional experience actually affects how we experience and can respond to it. I believe this applies to perceptions of our physical experience too.
Loving the teachings of Vidyamala Burch . Listened and breathed with along with her meditation on breath yesterday as part of the online Mindfulness Summit. I love that there are always new things to learn, even with something as simple as the breath. Peace.
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I appreciate this account of life with chronic pain by Theresa Johnson, who shares raw, genuine reflections during a hard moment, along with self-compassion and wisdom that she manages to draw forth, despite struggle. While figuring out what helps is important, it's also vital to be able to let go of trying to figure it all out . . .
These helpful tips for easing stress are also very relevant to easing pain. (Plus the stress that increases pain!) It's about finding what helps you, and then practicing . . . Which are you already doing?
Hearing from someone who really gets it is so validating. Hearing from someone who has found acceptance and meaning with a new rhythm, ... also inspires !
Really helpful strategies for chronic illness, succinctly expressed...
This is the practice I have. And I mean practice. Part of it is catching myself when I start revving up for that fight against what I wish was otherwise, but can't change. Peace comes with some breaths and turning my mind back to acceptance. Over and over again. Others?
For me the trick is in finding the little ones all around me. Small things that don't require hard. But just to stop, breath, and notice... Others?
Appreciating simple experiences helps us discover our real goodness. Pausing to see a beautiful color and hear a beautiful sound brings us back to our own basic goodness. That little "ah" moment of peaceful lightness refreshes our spirits. What are your peaceful moments of lightness?
- Nice to find this page. I've had chronic pain of different types, f...rom childhood; inherited ulcerative colitis, migraines, nerve damage from being rear ended at 50 miles/hour at a stoplight and fibro that began after my twins were born. I had double sciatica, for several years, from a fractured sacrum. (fell down the stairs, at work, while pregnant with those twins) That no longer counts, except as providing knowledge and empathy for others, because I was able to recover thanks to a wonderful chiropractor and yoga. I'm also an Aspergers and have the tendency to high self standards. Even with all this ( and more that is not relevant) I worked, put myself through college , dumped an abusive first husband and raised four kids. Two of my kids are AS ( not a bad thing for those of us on the spectrum, I think) and my two boys inherited the Ulcerative colitis.( a very bad thing :() I fervently hope that my kids did not inherit the tendency to fibro. Thank you for taking the time, and trouble, to maintain such a website. Leslie
- now i know i'm not alone...thanx for understanding our chronic pain & offering comfort