There is a simple reason why mindfulness meditation techniques to relieve pain fast are so effective.
And that reason is that pain is best understood as a mental state concerning the body, an objective sensation terribly twisted by the brain. And that’s why these psychological interventions sometimes work better than scalpels: They help us to untwist our thoughts.
Jonah Lehrer, writing in the Wall Street Journal, calls it ” thinking away the pain”. I beg to differ just a bit with Mr. Lehrer, because mindfulness meditation is not about thinking, but rather about moving away from thinking into bare awareness of sensations …. and though thinking, emotion, memory, images, all will arise during your mindfulness meditation …. it is allowing all these mental phenomena to arise and pass away … that is at the heart of mindfulness meditation.
To Relieve Pain Fast
Pain is a huge medical problem. According to a new report from the Institute of Medicine, chronic pain costs the U.S. more than $600 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity. Back pain alone consumes nearly $90 billion in health-care expenses, roughly equivalent to what’s spent on cancer.
Despite the increasing prevalence of chronic pain—nearly one in three Americans suffers from it—medical progress has been slow and halting. This is an epidemic we don’t know how to treat. For the most part, doctors still rely on over-the-counter medications and opioid drugs, such as OxyContin and Vicodin. While opioids can provide effective relief, they’re also prone to abuse, which is why overdoses from prescription painkillers are now a leading cause of accidental death.
But there are glimmers of progress in the war against pain.
New therapeutic approaches don’t target body parts or nerves close to the source of the problem. They don’t involve highly technical surgeries or expensive new drugs.
Instead, they focus on the mind, on altering the ways in which we perceive the pain itself.
While this research demonstrates the therapy’s practicality—it typically took less than two hours of training to see a marked improvement—it’s not the first time that scientists have demonstrated a connection between meditation and reduced sensitivity to pain. Previous studies have shown that experienced Zen meditators have significantly higher pain thresholds and that meditation training can reduce the anxiety associated with intense discomfort. Read more of this Wall Street Journal article about meditation techniques to relieve pain fast.
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