Monday, April 9, 2012

Reflections On Back Pain!

I managed to *wrench* my back this week -

Seems like I do this every year or two as a nice reminder of how intimately connected our bodies and minds really are!

I must say, pain has a very *focusing* and *centering* quality to it...
Fr. Thomas Keating says that when we are in great pain - or in deep emotional distress - sometimes it helps to *sink into the feeling like we were getting into a hot tub.*

The idea is that some types of suffering cannot really be *overcome* - they must simply be accepted, and that true humility is accepting reality as it is.
By giving ourselves *permission* to feel the pain, it may be possible to release at least a part of it.

We'll see!

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