Today is GARDEN MEDITATION DAY!!! I want to discuss pain management. I’ve tried several different methods to manage pain, one of them being meditation.
I tend to be ultra conservative when it comes to pain management. I avoid pain killers prescribed by healthcare professionals. I don’t like feeling brain fog. I need to be sharp to write effectively. Meditation, prayer and time alone with God seem to take me away from the pain and get my mind focused elsewhere.
Stress and pain are closely intertwined. When your body is tense and stressed, the key to getting relaxed and releasing the tension is meditation. I was advised against two types of meditation by my doctor since I was the victim of domestic abuse. Hypnosis and transcendental meditation. Both of these involve the complete clearing of your mind, basically giving another person (or whatever) control. In hypnosis you are trusting another person and in TM you are just clearing your mind completely. I’m not comfortable with that.
The Buddhist’s “mindfulness meditation” requires that you focus as opposed to empty your mind. I am a Christian, so I choose to focus on God’s Word and in particular, the Psalms. There I find strength, joy and peace. I also find that quiet time and prayer are beneficial for me. When I’m in a proper frame of mind, it helps me have a better attitude even when my pain level is quite high. I also find that a cup of hot tea and some Green Hill music playing softly helps.
Remember, we are talking about chronic pain which means the pain never subsides, but is continuous. If there is something that can break up or interrupt the pain with even a bit of relief, that is welcome! If you can find something to make you feel even a little better, it is worth doing. Nothing will ever take the pain away completely, but meditation can help. Choose your meditation wisely. Make sure you trust the one you give control of your mind to.
By the way, I do not believe in yoga either. The Om is another invitation to empty your mind, which is attractive to many Christians, but I believe while your mind is empty anything can get in there. I know I may stand alone in that opinion, but it is what I believe. There are wondrous ways to relax with the Lord. Invite Him to help you de-stress. He hears every prayer and no prayer is insignificant. Not even the one that says, “Lord, please help me to RELAX!” Yes, I have prayed that one. He hears it. Wink! 😉