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3 ways to ease pain and stress with your mind

When you feel pain or stress, your first inclination is likely to try to avoid it or “kill it.” However, a growing body of research shows that we can use our minds to “turn towards our pain” in a way that can ease it.

“Mindfulness” based meditation techniques may be effectively used in place of or in combination with pain medication. Let’s explore three components of pain and how you can use your mind to intervene in all three.

When you feel pain, the experience arrives first as a physical sensation. It’s likely that you will then have an emotional reaction to that sensation such as fear, irritation, or frustration. Then, you might tell yourself a story about what your pain means, such as “Maybe I have a terminal illness,” or “It’s my own fault for doing such and such.”

These are the three layers of a painful experience– sensations, emotional reactions, and thoughts or “your story” about it.

You can use mindfulness to step into all three of these layers and shift your relationship to your pain. Not only might this help to ease your suffering, but it may also stimulate your body’s healing resources to resolve the cause of your pain. Applying mindful attention to your body can change how you feel and facilitate healing.

So what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is consciously paying attention to what is happening in the present moment with an accepting, non-judgmental attitude. It is “witnessing” what is happening without being swept up in, overwhelmed by, or getting lost in the experience. You observe your inner experiences–your sensations, feelings, and thoughts–as “events” that move through you.

Through mindfulness, you realize that all experiences come and go. In fact, as you become mindful of pain, you may find that it shifts and possibly even resolves. Whatever happens, you will change your relationship to pain so that it is less likely to “take you over” and “rule your life.”

You can practice mindfulness in three steps:

First, you can observe the story you are telling about your pain. Much of the story you are telling may not be true. It may come from memories of others suffering, from your own past experiences, or just be imagined and “made-up” future possibilities. It can be helpful to separate the facts, things you really know about your painful experience, from imagined outcomes based on your fears or self-judgments.

Second, you can observe your emotional reactions to the pain. Notice if you are aggravated, afraid, or even angry about having this pain. Again, see if you can observe your emotions without identifying with them or being swept away by them. It can be helpful to label your feelings to get some observational distance. You can simply identify them with the word that feels most appropriate–fear, resentment, irritation. . .

Finally, you can apply mindfulness to the raw pain sensation itself by gently and lovingly paying attention to it. First, take several deep breaths to relax your body as well as you can. Then, feel around the edges of the painful area–just noticing the raw sensations, breathing into them, and noticing any ways they shift or change.

If you are able to get somewhat comfortable with this, next, see if you can enter into the middle of the painful area and breathe in and out of it. Allow your breath to bring a sensation of spaciousness and a feeling of nurturing acceptance into the pain. You may also find it helpful to “ask the painful area to speak to you.” Is there any message the pain has for you? You may be surprised at what you discover.

Mindfulness is a practice that you get better at the more you work with it. You can apply it anywhere in your life to become more present, discover clear insight, and facilitate positive resolutions to any issue you face.

Best wishes in your personal practice!

Kevin Schoeninger The Mind-Body Training Company

P.S. Many people who begin with traditional meditation find that my Qigong Meditation program takes them to a whole new level. You learn to relax very deeply, feel your internal energy, and shift your inner state into a powerful positive vibration. Not only does this feel great, it also serves as a launching pad of calm powerful energy that will supercharge any existing mind-body practice and empower you to create the life you desire. Check it out here:

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1) Weekly Messages from your Mentor, Kevin Schoeninger, life coach, meditation instructor, and trainer with 30 years’ experience working with clients. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge, genuine compassion, and a sincere intent to support your ideal possibilities and encourage you on your path.

2) Every month, Kevin brings you 4 “Weekly Messages” for you to listen to or read each Sunday (or anytime that works for you) — the very best material in the field of personal development and spiritual growth refined and curated for you.

QUESTION: How often do you read a worthwhile book about meditation or spiritual practice? (Notice this question does not imply there’s anything wrong with who you are right now! Each of us is Divine already, after all.)

You’ll get a wide range of material from month to month — from ancient wisdom to the latest research, along with a healthy dose of inspiration….

It’s just like getting a call from Kevin personally every week giving you an “executive summary” of everything that’s important and relevant for you right now…. …And then showing you personally how to easily use it in your life, with grace, power, and love! [<– a bit dramatic, but ok! ]

3) Access to this community of like-minded souls who will support you. Our members are people like you, who are sincere about living their dreams and highest purpose. (To interact with your fellow members, you can ask questions and share your experiences in the Comments section under each Weekly Message.)

As we explore this material together, you’ll realize that you are part of a consciousness movement that is greater than our individual selves. We come to SGM to make spiritual practice a powerful force in our own lives and in the world around us!

4) Full email access to Kevin through the “Ask Kevin” link on our members’ website. Kevin has been doing this for 30 years now and it’s rare that he’s surprised by a question! Ask away — that’s what he’s here for!

(The only other way to have access to this depth of wisdom and support would be to hire Kevin personally to work with you one- to-one!)

5) Access to our Guided Meditation Toolkits. Each grows an aspect of your energetic vibration, a quality you wish to embody, or an experience you wish to manifest in the world. They are:

  • Clear Quiet Mind Toolkit
  • Healing Your Heart Toolkit
  • Radiant Health and Vital Energy Toolkit
  • Stress Relief Meditation Toolkit
  • Spiritual Growth Accelerator Toolkit

6) Access to the “Mastering Meditation Super-Course,” which will help you meditate effectively using any style of meditation that you choose. Meditation is a powerful practice to release stress, consciously relax, clear and focus your mind, deepen your spiritual connection, and manifest the experiences your soul desires. So, check out this series and ask me any questions you have!

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Thank you,

– Kevin & Matt
The Mind-Body Training Company

P.S. When you join before Monday at 11:59pm EST, we’re also throwing in one of our “back issues” for free — the April 2017 edition: “The Power Of Practice”. You’ll find it waiting for you on your Members Bonus page.

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Kevin and I hope you’re loving the “Weekly Messages” we’re sharing! If you want more, today I have great news.

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Spiritual Growth Monthly is our online community for meditation and spiritual practice, so if you’re not passionate about this, you may want to stop reading right now! 😉

SGM is here to remind you of your best intentions every week, give you cutting-edge insights and tools, answer your questions, and provide a supportive community to encourage you.

Here’s exactly what you get as a member of SGM:

1) Weekly Messages from your Mentor, Kevin Schoeninger, life coach, meditation instructor, and trainer with 30 years’ experience working with clients. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge, genuine compassion, and a sincere intent to support your ideal possibilities and encourage you on your path.

2) Every month, Kevin brings you 4 “Weekly Messages” for you to listen to or read each Sunday (or anytime that works for you) — the very best material in the field of personal development and spiritual growth refined and curated for you.

QUESTION: How often do you read a worthwhile book about meditation or spiritual practice? (Notice this question does not imply there’s anything wrong with who you are right now! Each of us is Divine already, after all.)

You’ll get a wide range of material from month to month — from ancient wisdom to the latest research, along with a healthy dose of inspiration….

It’s just like getting a call from Kevin personally every week giving you an “executive summary” of everything that’s important and relevant for you right now…. …And then showing you personally how to easily use it in your life, with grace, power, and love! [<– a bit dramatic, but ok! ]

3) Access to this community of like-minded souls who will support you. Our members are people like you, who are sincere about living their dreams and highest purpose. (To interact with your fellow members, you can ask questions and share your experiences in the Comments section under each Weekly Message.)

As we explore this material together, you’ll realize that you are part of a consciousness movement that is greater than our individual selves. We come to SGM to make spiritual practice a powerful force in our own lives and in the world around us!

4) Full email access to Kevin through the “Ask Kevin” link on our members’ website. Kevin has been doing this for 30 years now and it’s rare that he’s surprised by a question! Ask away — that’s what he’s here for!

(The only other way to have access to this depth of wisdom and support would be to hire Kevin personally to work with you one- to-one!)

5) Access to our Guided Meditation Toolkits. Each grows an aspect of your energetic vibration, a quality you wish to embody, or an experience you wish to manifest in the world. They are:

  • Clear Quiet Mind Toolkit
  • Healing Your Heart Toolkit
  • Radiant Health and Vital Energy Toolkit
  • Stress Relief Meditation Toolkit
  • Spiritual Growth Accelerator Toolkit

6) Access to the “Mastering Meditation Super-Course,” which will help you meditate effectively using any style of meditation that you choose. Meditation is a powerful practice to release stress, consciously relax, clear and focus your mind, deepen your spiritual connection, and manifest the experiences your soul desires. So, check out this series and ask me any questions you have!

All of this for only $27 per month! Just 90 cents per day – that’s less than the cost of a poisonous daily newspaper! 🙂

Obviously this is not designed to be expensive, but enough to encourage people who are serious about expanding your consciousness, raising your frequency, and becoming the best you can be!

Come on. Give us a try and join us.

If you want insight, guidance, and support to realize your Greater Potential and live the inspired life your soul desires, click the link below and take the next step:

Join us, become a member of Spiritual Growth Monthly, and we look forward to welcoming and supporting you.

Thank you,

– Kevin & Matt
The Mind-Body Training Company

P.S. When you join before Monday at 11:59pm EST, we’re also throwing in one of our “back issues” for free — the April 2017 edition: “The Power Of Practice”. You’ll find it waiting for you on your Members Bonus page.

http://www.mindbodytraining.com/spiritualgrowthmonthly/joinus/step1/

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