What if Pain is Your Security Blanket?

Sometimes in our practice we get stuck at the detachment part. Instead of really being present with our pain we may instead dismiss it, then we mistake our dismissal as detachment. If there’s anything that persists, like physical pain, you must consider the possibility that you are resisting being fully present with that pain. You might wish to continue only being partially present with your pain so that you can avoid other feelings. That persistent pain becomes a mask for your awareness. As you resist being fully present, you avoid feeling other things, new things that you have never felt before.

Maybe pain is a security blanket for some of us. Perhaps it’s because feeling physical pain is a habit. To find out if this is the case for you, test it. Spend time focusing on what’s going on inside you. Where do you feel pain? Do you feel anything else? Emotions , energy, lethargy? Express that by focusing on each of these things inside you with intention. Give each of these sensations your full attention seperately. You may express each sensation by taking a physical posture, or it can be an internal experience.

The benefits of doing this exercise is that you may find that the pain subsides. It’s shocking sometimes to find out that your pain wasn’t as real as you thought it was. You were simply avoiding feeling something new and different. Now you can become more aware of the feelings, thoughts, and perceptions that you have been hiding from yourself.

Published by Renée Martel

I am a yoga teacher, and an electrician. I write a yoga blog, and I teach yoga classes online. My other blog is called End Lockdowns. In a democracy we accept that people have different opinions, and we allow those opinions to be voiced. My opinion which is that lockdowns are not scientific, and do not create healthy communities. The medical community at one point knew that informed consent was an important value. Currently the medical community has been split and there is a vocal part of it that thinks there are no issues with coercion and force in medicine. The part of the medical community that believes in mandating medical procedures and segregation is currently promoted through social media and other big tech. We are seeing a huge shift in wealth as a result. Poverty does not make people healthier. I do not think using force and coercion in medicine is a health promoting way to function. In the future, this will fail. It is only a matter of when. "Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other." Yogacarya Sri T Krishnamacharya 

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