Advil? Pah. Meditation is the real pain killer. This breaking scientific research proves it. There’s nothing quite like meditation for pain relief.
Suffering from chronic pain quite simply ruins your life.
You feel lonely, you feel afraid, you feel desperate for any miracle that will end the suffering. But the more you try to distract your mind from the pain, the more one thought hammers on your brain: It hurts.
Pain is partly physical, partly mental.
As Budda said, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
You might not be able to completely end the pain. But what you can do is reduce the suffering.
Pain is both physical and mental
Pain affects you both physically and mentally. Even a type of pain that seems wholly physical (like a broken arm) can also manifest mentally.
That’s why placebos work.
In World War II ,Dr Harry Beescher was treating soldiers for wounds. One day he ran out of morphine, so he switched to a saline solution. It was a switch that should have been obvious. Saline solution should not possibly be as effective at treating pain as morphine. Otherwise, why would doctors in hospitals give you morphine when you’re in pain…? (why, oh why?)
But 40% of the soldiers that Dr. Beescher treated said they didn’t feel the pain after being treated. (You can read more about this on How Stuff Works)
This wasn’t magic. And it wasn’t some miracle salt that Dr. Beescher was using in his saline solutions. It was the power of placebo.
A placebo is when you are healed simply because you think you are being healed. If, for instance, your mother tells you that chicken soup will get rid of your cold and it works, it has worked because you believed it would (because chicken soup actually does nothing for a cold).
Science has proven that placebos are as affective as medication. What matters when you are medicated is that you believe you are being healed.
So, there is a very real mental component to even the most physical pain.
Pain can also be caused directly by emotional problems
Take a look at this fascinating chart. It shows how emotional problems cause pain in the body.
“According to author Louise Hay and scientist Bruce Lipton, physical symptoms are merely tangible evidence of what is going on in your unconscious mind and how you are REALLY feeling deep inside. Author Calvin Banyan explains that your emotions play a crucial role in ensuring your needs are met. If feelings are ignored, your subconsious mind must find another way to get its message across and help you see that your deeper needs are being ignored
Symptoms are the way your body alerts you to to this. There is a scientific explanation why all mammals show physical symptoms when they have an out-of-balance emotional state …”
You can read more about this on Enlightened Feelings.
If physical pain is caused by the mind, then the mind can heal the pain
Physical pain is caused by emotional suffering. And that means that emotional healing can cure physical pain.
One of the best ways to heal emotional pain is by meditating.
When you meditate you silence the mind and give your mind a chance to heal itself. This cures emotional suffering and in turn cures physical pain.
This is why meditation has been proven to help with headaches and other types of pain.
Essentially, the healing powers of meditation start from the mind and then extend to the body. This is very important. Because meditation is so beneficial for your mind it is even used on cancer patients.
Today, we are starting to learn that meditation stops pain. And there are a number of great meditation resources you can use for help with your own pains.
There are very many resources that you can use to get help with your pain.
For starters, I highly recommend that you take a look at my free guide to all different types of meditation.
And I recommend that you pick up a copy of my premium guide Journey To The Buddha Within. It will teach you everything you need to know to end pain.
But what other resources can you use?
One of the most famous advocates of using meditation for pain is Goldie Hawn.
Yes, Goldie Hawn, that cute actress who was in so many chick flicks in the 90s, is now teaching you how to use meditation for pain relief.
Goldie Hawn has created a program called MindUp, which helps children to deal with stress and anxiety. She’s also put out a book called10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce St ress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives, in which she teaches readers to use mindfulness meditation for pain relief.
Goldie Hawn’s belief in mindfulness meditation for pain relief is based on more than blind faith.
A significant body of scientific research has proven that mindfulness meditation helps patients to deal with the pain of illness. Thanks to these studies, mindfulness meditation is now taught in hospitals around the world.
So, how does mindfulness meditation for pain relief work?
Pain comes in two forms. There’s primary pain and secondary pain. Primary pain is the information sent from the body to the brain. When we are injured or ill, our body transmits information to our brain telling our brain’s that we are in pain.
Secondary information has to do with the way the mind process pain. If we are dwelling on pain, we can say that we are amplifying the primary pain: we are taking the information of pain and intensifying our suffering. Mindfulness meditation enables us to do the opposite: to limit the effect primary pain has on our minds.
So, how do we do a mindfulness meditation for pain relief? Take a look at my complete guide to all the different types of meditation to see all your options.
But my advice is that you start with a body scan meditation. Here’s how.
How to do a Body Scan Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief
Lie on the floor with your hands on your stomach. Shut your eyes and take a few minutes to relax. Imagine that your body is sinking into the floor.
Concentrate on your breathing. Specifically, focus on the sensation of your breath coming and going between the space between your lips and mouth.
Be aware of the way your breath feels around your body. Get in touch with the sensations around your body.
Begin to focus on your feet. Notice any sensations there. Now gradually move your focus around your body, from your feet to legs to pelvis, stomach, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, face and head. If you notice any tension or pain, imagine your breath entering that place and relaxing your body.
Once you have finished scanning your body, return to focussing on your breathing for five minute.
That’s it! This simple mindfulness meditation only take ten minutes but will significantly help you to overcome pain and physical tension.
Please help share this simple cure to pain so we can help millions of people around the world to find relief. Thank you.
And be sure to read this article about all the ways meditation helps you.