Thich Quang Duc
Case Study, Pain

As The Buddhist Monk Burned He Never Moved A Muscle, Never Uttered A Sound! And why It Can Help You Control Pain!

Yes! you did hear me right, as a protest to the way the government was treating the Buddhist religion!

Thích Quảng Đức sat down in the middle of the road on a cushion that had been placed on the road by two other Monks.

Then! To everyone’s amazement, the two monks poured petrol over Thích Quảng Đức head and set him alight.

Now if that was you or me or anyone else, we’d rolling around in agony and experiencing pain beyond belief!

But! He never moved a muscle, never uttered a sound, but in contrast to those around him who were sobbing and crying and in total shock!

I can hear you saying, “Mark have you completely gone completely mad” I have only got a bad back!

Now, of course, I do not expect you to go and sit on your driveway or road and set yourself on fire to prove you can block out pain.

But what I would say, there are a many ways you can learn from Thích Quảng Đức control of massive amount of pain and discomfort.

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What you are going to learn from this post

  1. How Thích Quảng Đức managed his discomfort whilst on fire.
  2. Discover how you can control your pain and discomfort like Thích Quảng Đức.

How Thích Quảng Đức managed his discomfort whilst on fire.

The first thing to say here is that a lot of people feel they know how this monk managed the pain.

I will share the pain management techniques they believe Thích Quảng Đức used.

In my opinion, all the techniques are possible but one is much more likely than any of the others because of the sources closeness to Thích Quảng Đức.

The first suggestion is from a question answered on Reddit:

There are schools of meditation that teach that there is a difference between pain and suffering. Pain is what you feel, but suffering is in your reaction to the pain. If instead of having a strong, negative reaction to the pain, you simply accept it, you can experience pain without suffering. “Simply accepting” in general is easier said than done.
Source: Corysama Reddit User

Now… I feel Corysama has some really good points here. Pain and suffering are very different as Haruki Murakami explains in his famous quote “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

This is extended upon by Shinzen Young in his book ‘Break Through Pain’ who shares his philosophy of suffering and pain with an equation.

So… What is The Pain Equation and how can it help with pain?

Simply put it states that suffering is equal to Pain times Resistance ( S=PxR ).

To suffer we need to 2 things; Pain and Resistance.

So let’s say Thích Quảng Đức didn’t resist the pain and just accept the discomfort, meaning the resistance is low or even at zero.

What would his amount of suffering have?

According to The Pain Equation zero as well. Even if his pain was 100 the suffering will be zero, leaving him with just the sensation of discomfort to deal with.

The next answer was from a Quora user
This act is obviously not beyond the range of human endurance as he, a human being, could do it. How was he able to accomplish this feat? Three words: motivation, detachment and dhyana.
Source: Flavio Costa Quora User

Motivation
Dictionary.com describes Motivation as providing a reason to act in a certain way.

Thích Quảng Đức motivation was religious freedom from persecution and oppression from the Catholic Vietnamese president Diem is clearly documented in a letter he left before this act of self-immolation(killing oneself as a sacrifice):

Before closing my eyes and moving towards the vision of the Buddha, I respectfully plead to President Ngo Dinh Diem to take a mind of compassion towards the people of the nation and implement religious equality to maintain the strength of the homeland eternally. I call the venerables, reverends, members of the sangha and the lay Buddhists to organize in solidarity to make sacrifices to protect Buddhism.

Detachment
A little like the non-resistance we discussed earlier, detachment required Thích Quảng Đức to observe and let any feelings and sensations fulfil their purpose of being felt.

The Monk, I expect, did this by having a deep understanding of impermanence(nothing lasts), much like the saying ‘this too shall pass’ that states everything will end so there is no need to be attached.

Thích Quảng Đức, unlike the people watching, had overcome The six root unwholesome factors (mūlakleśa) of:

  1. Raga – attachment
  2. Pratigha – anger
  3. Avidya – ignorance
  4. Māna – pride, conceit
  5. Vicikitsa – doubt
  6. Dṛiṣṭi – wrong view

 

Dhyana
Dhyana is a deep understanding and practise of meditation where the practitioner attains, when at a high level, a perfect equanimity(calmness and composure, especially in a difficult situation) and awareness, presumably like Thích Quảng Đức.

Originally the practice of dhyana itself may have constituted the core liberating practice of early Buddhism, since in this state all “pleasure and pain” had waned.
Source: Quora

The Fourth Jhāna (Dhyana) states — “The other half of bliss (happiness) disappears, leading to a state with neither pleasure nor pain, which the Buddha said is actually a subtle form of happiness (more sublime than pīti and sukha). The breath is said to cease temporarily in this state. The remaining qualities are: “a feeling of equanimity, neither pleasure nor pain; an unconcern due to serenity of awareness; unification of mind, contact, feeling, perception, intention, consciousness, desire, decision, persistence, mindfulness, equanimity & attention”
Source: wikipedia.org

The Final View come from one of Thích Quảng Đức’s friends
Thich Nhat Hanh is now one of the world’s most well-known Zen Buddhists and interestingly, lived with Thích Quảng Đức at Long-Vinh Pagoda for around 12 months.


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Hanh described Đức to be ‘A very kind and lucid person, and that he was calm and in full possession of his mental faculties when he burned himself.’

In a very interesting letter to Matin Luther King, Thich Nhat Hanh helps us understand how Thích Quảng Đức managed the discomfort of burning alive.

Here is the letter for you to read, it is very moving to me and help me understand the mental and mind required to withstand so much pain.

The self-burning of Vietnamese Buddhist monks in 1963 is somehow difficult for the Western Christian conscience to understand. The Press spoke then of suicide, but in the essence, it is not. It is not even a protest. What the monks said in the letters they left before burning themselves aimed only at alarming, at moving the hearts of the oppressors and at calling the attention of the world to the suffering endured then by the Vietnamese. To burn oneself by fire is to prove that what one is saying is of the utmost importance. There is nothing more painful than burning oneself. To say something while experiencing this kind of pain is to say it with the utmost of courage, frankness, determination and sincerity. During the ceremony of ordination, as practiced in the Mahayana tradition, the monk-candidate is required to burn one, or more, small spots on his body in taking the vow to observe the 250 rules of a bhikshu, to live the life of a monk, to attain enlightenment and to devote his life to the salvation of all beings. One can, of course, say these things while sitting in a comfortable armchair; but when the words are uttered while kneeling before the community of sangha and experiencing this kind of pain, they will express all the seriousness of one’s heart and mind, and carry much greater weight.

The Vietnamese monk, by burning himself, say with all his strength and determination that he can endure the greatest of sufferings to protect his people. But why does he have to burn himself to death? The difference between burning oneself and burning oneself to death is only a difference in degree, not in nature. A man who burns himself too much must die. The importance is not to take one’s life, but to burn. What he really aims at is the expression of his will and determination, not death. In the Buddhist belief, life is not confined to a period of 60 or 80 or 100 years: life is eternal. Life is not confined to this body: life is universal. To express will by burning oneself, therefore, is not to commit an act of destruction but to perform an act of construction, i.e., to suffer and to die for the sake of one’s people.
Source: Sid Kemp – Quora User

The main points I take from this letter (see full copy here) are:

  • Thích Quảng Đức saw the situation in a different perspective, not as suicide but as way to reduce suffering for others.
  • He had not only practiced with the mind he had also prepared with the burning and discomfort
  • Determination and will were key to managing the pain.
  • Acceptance and being in the moment was very important. The purpose was to burn, not die.

Discover how you can control your pain and discomfort like Thích Quảng Đức.

For me the 5 key messages to take are:

  1. Accepting the discomfort
  2. Non-Resistance
  3. Be in the moment with no expectations
  4. Feel the discomfort and pain
  5. Determination to become more comfortable

By accepting and not resisting, just like the monk, we can let the feelings and sensations of discomfort flow.

With acceptance, we will not attempt to change how the moment is causing stress and tension stopping the feeling and sensation moving through us.

Be in the moment with complete acceptance and non-resistance as you truly are.

But Mark, you may say, I don’t know who I truly am yet.

Let me share a meditation and visualisation I discovered which have helped me understand a little bit more about how Thích Quảng Đức may have managed his discomfort and most importantly a technique you can use to help you manage your pain too.

It starts with developing and finding our observer to become aware. This first part of this Psychosynthesis Exercise will help us discover our awareness.

So here goes:

Stage 1

  1. Sit quietly and comfortably. Look around you and become aware of all that you see.
    See it in all its detail, as clearly and as vividly as possible. Take a few moments to do
    this…. Now close your eyes, and breathe in slowly. As you inhale, take in this vivid,
    visual awareness. Then exhale and, as you do so, ask yourself “WHO IS
    AWARE?”
  2. With your eyes closed, imagine that you are drawing a white circle with chalk on a
    blackboard. Look at the circle…be aware of it…(pause)…Then take a deep breath,
    and as you exhale, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  3. Still with your eyes closed, imagine that you are drawing a white circle with chalk on
    A blackboard. Look at the circle…be aware of it…(pause)…Then take a deep breath,
    and as you exhale, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  4. Now let the circle fade away and, breathing rhythmically in and out as you have been doing, stay with the awareness of yourself as the one who is aware…. (pause)…
    Really experience being yourself…Try to get as clear a sense as possible of this
    Experience. Take all the time you need to do this.

Source: synthesiscenter.org

So we now know how to find our awareness and observe the next stage and part will help discover who we truly are:

Stage 2

  1. Again sit quietly and comfortably. Look around you and become aware of what
    you see in all its detail, as clearly and as vividly as possible. Now close your
    eyes, and breathe in slowly. As you inhale, take in the awareness. Then exhale
    and, as you do so, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  2. With your eyes closed, become aware of what you hear. Listen to the sounds, or
    to the silence around you…(pause)… Now, take a deep breath, and as you exhale
    slowly, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  3. Still with your eyes closed, imagine that once again you are drawing a white
    circle with chalk on a blackboard. Look at the circle…be aware of it…(pause)…
    Then take a deep breath, and as you exhale, ask yourself “WHO IS AWARE?”
  4. Let the circle fade away and, breathing rhythmically in and out, stay with the
    awareness of yourself as the one who is aware. Really experience being yourself. Take some time to do this.
  5. Now try to get as clear a sense as possible for what it is like to be yourself…Try
    To become aware of the stability of the self, its permanency. Try to experience it
    as the stable state of consciousness that is always reliably there. You will find
    that while all else changes, it remains. It is available always, as a source of
    stability and of clear perception in the midst of change.
  6. With the awareness of being your unchanging self, turn your attention to your
    body…(pause)… Your body changes. The sensations of your body are different
    now than they were a few moments ago…and they will be different again a few
    moments from now. Your body itself is different now than it was when you were
    a child, and it keeps changing as you grow older. But yourself does not change.
  7. Now, focus once again on the awareness of being yourself, the one who is aware.
    And as that unchanging self, become aware of your feelings…(pause)… Your
    feelings also are changing all the time…even the depth with which you feel
    changes. But yourself does not change.
  8. Focus once again on being yourself, the one who is aware. And as that
    unchanging self, become aware of your mind…Your thoughts change with great
    rapidity. They jump from one idea to another…and, as you grow, you use
    different ways of thinking. But yourself, your true nature, does not change.
  9. Focus once again on being yourself. Then become aware of your body, your
    feelings, and your mind. Be aware that you have these three aspects…they are
    yours…they are your valuable means of expression in the world, and you have the
    capacity to direct and regulate them at will. But they are not you. You are yourself, the one who is aware…

Source: synthesiscenter.org

What this exercise teaches us is how we can observe and watch the ever changing sensations of our discomfort moving through our body.

I imagine this is how Thích Quảng Đức on a much higher level managed any discomfort, by observing the subtle changes in the sensations.

What we must do is commit and become determined to develop our skills in observing and we too will be able to have more control over any discomfort that comes into our life.

What we have learned in this post:

    • Thích Quảng Đức practised to learn how to manage the discomfort.
    • He had the perspective of that he can learn from the pain and help others.
    • We can learn to observe and not to attach to the sensation of discomfort.
    • Resistance causes suffering. If we accept the situation and let it flow we are left only with the sensation of discomfort which we can observe and change with mental techniques.
    • We can manage our pain by choosing the right behaviours but we must have the motivation and really want to do it.

I hope you found this post helpful and if you have any comments or would like to extend upon what point raised please do comment below or get in touch.

Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 2 of 2

In the first part of this post about Morris Goodman, The Miracle Man we looked at:

  • Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why we need to take total responsibility for our own recovery

In this second part we will discuss:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

This will continue to help us discover how Morris walked again after many doubted he would even be able to breathe on his own, let alone walk.

So let’s get started…

How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…

The first thing I want you to do is to get a pen and paper and find some quiet time. (Non-negotiable)

there are massive benefits to getting your thoughts out your head and onto paper, it makes it official!

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

Now, write at the top…. What do I want?

Do not over think it! Just get it down on paper!

Quick tip, make sure you write your goal in the present tense….

If you are really struggling, try to think of what your life would be like if you did not have any fear, pain or any other challenges you are going through right now.

Once you have written down your goal, leave it and come back to it the next day. You may see that something does not fit or you may want to add some more.

Repeat each day until you are completely happy with your goal.

Breaking down your goals…

Now that you have your written goal, we are going is to break it down into easy manageable steps.

And the best question to ask, what is the first step?

Just imagine, Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth! Walking up to the track and is no starting line.

Now, I am sure you would agree, even Usain Bolt could not cross the finish line (the goal) if he did not know where to start (the First Step)

Starting with today, what can I do today that will move towards my goal? Again, write it out in the present tense.

Then continue to write out your goals for the end of the week, then onto week 2, week 3, week 4, then onto the next month.

Keep on going until you have reached your end goal, as I have mentioned before, go at your own pace. There is no time limit.

However, what I would say, if you are in the zone, keep going!

You now have a plan! A goal to work towards!

It has been shown time and time again, that, you are more likely to reach your goals if you have a plan.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” Antoine de Saint Exupery


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Now that you have a plan, take action! It is just words on a piece of paper if do not take action!

Now you have the goal, it is time to bring out the big guns, your own mind!

How To Use the Astonishing Healing Power of Your Own Mind to Achieve Your Goals…

Let’s us start off with our friend, Morris Goodman,

I cannot think of a better example, of the astonishing healing power of the human mind.

Study after study has shown the mind cannot tell the difference between what is imagined and what is real.

Morris supports this when he states that…

“All I had to work with in the hospital was my mind and once you have your mind you can put things back together again.”

Morris also states that he could not let anything come in to his mind that would distract him from his goal and vision.

To me this is a very telling thing to say because it demonstrates his focus and desire to achieve his target. He had one thing on his mind and that was to walk out of the hospital by Christmas.

Now, let me ask you this! If power of the mind can heal a man, that had broken his back in two places, could not breathe without a machine and could not speak.

Just think what it could do for you?

You already have had proof on how your mind affects your body!

  • I am sure you have shed a tear or two in your lifetime, the emotion sets of reaction in the body, which produce tears when we cry!
  • Also, we blush when we are embarrassed.
  • We have that gut feeling that something is not quite right.

 

Now that you know you have the power, how can you use it to aid your own recovery?

Well, in 2 words…

Creative visualisation!

Morris Goodman used Creative visualisation, to visualise his goal with himself walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

He felt the feelings of what it would be like to achieve that goal as it was happening in this very moment!

The feeling of fresh air as he walked out the door and the pride as he knew at that very moment he had achieved his goal.

You now have a goal too, and just like Morris… you are going smash it! You are going to live life on your terms. It is time to start living!!

How to visualise your goal…

Ok! Take your written goal and just try to think of what it would be like if you achieved your goal.

What would it feel like? Write it down! Get into the details and Use all of your senses

  • What are you feeling? (emotions)
  • What can you see?
  • What can you hear?
  • What can you smell?
  • What are you touching?

To get the best possible results with creative visualisation we need to get into a relaxed state.

To enter in the relaxed state use the body scan meditation in chapter 2

Once you are totally relaxed, open your eyes and take a look at your goal and your list above. (This will not affect your relaxation)

Now start visualising your goal, try to use all of the senses!

  • Try and make the vision as clear as possible.
  • Feel the emotions!!!
  • What can you smell?
  • Make the sounds clear!
  • What are you touching? Is hard! Soft! Smooth!

 

If you’re like me!

You are struggling to nail down the emotions, I find a smile while you are visualising the goal really helps.

Try it right now! Close your eyes and relax, then simply smile.

It feels different, doesn’t it?

Of course, you may find it difficult to relax the first time you try visualising.

But the more you practice the better results you will have.

Like Morris Goodman and the thousands before you.

you will be absolutely astonished by the results!

You have seen proof on how Morris Goodman used the power of his own mind.

Now it’s your turn and really prove to yourself that you too, can live a life that is free from suffering and discomfort.

Let us take a little recap.

  • At the beginning we talked about accepting where you are right now and how to overcome resistance.
  • Then moving on with a better choice that helps your recovery.
  • Then we talked about taking full responsibility for your own recovery and the choices you make.
  • Even if you choose to take your doctor’s advice, you can still take responsibility for your own recovery.
  • How to set a goal and break it down into manageable action steps
  • Then, finally we went through how you can use the power of your own mind to reach your goals

 

I really hope these posts made you realise you do have a choice.

  • You can read it and do nothing!
  • Or read it and take action that changes you life!

 

Also, I would love to hear what’s going on in your life and if this post has helped you in any way.

Just put a comment below and I will answer a quick as I can!

Further Reading:

Morris Goodman
Case Study, Healing, Recovery

The Miracle Man… Doctors said “You Will Never Breath on Your Own, Speak or Walk Again” Well He Did!!! Part 1 of 2

Yes that’s right! Morris Goodman walked unaided, straight out the main entrance of the hospital.

Even though Morris was completely paralysed and his 1st and 2nd vertebrae were broken, he had no doubt about his recovery even when Doctors told him that he would not breath on his own, speak or walk again.
He states that it does not matter what they thought of me, the only thing that mattered is what I thought.

Morris realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made, and not the doctors, so he chose the most positive behaviour to aid his recovery.
He set his own goals and knew each individual targeted goal he would require to achieve his ultimate aim of walking out of the hospital by Christmas.

What are Your Goals?

How do you want to live Your Life?

“If you don’t have a dream or a goal how is it supposed to come true?” Morris Goodman Click to Tweet

I would argue that Morris naturally had the correct mindset to recover but that does not mean YOU cannot learn and develop a similar mindset to aid your own recovery.

This remarkable video demonstrates the tremendous mindset of The Miracle Man – Morris Goodman.

Here is what you are going learn from the miracle man…

  1. Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  2. Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery
  3. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  4. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

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Why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…

Ok, let me ask you this, and really be completely honest with yourself! How are you feeling Right Now in this very moment?

  • How are you resisting?
  • Are You Feeling angry?
  • Frustrated or are you tense?
  • What is your body telling you?

Are you tense in the shoulders?…neck or stomach…are you clenching your fists?…Is you breathing shallow? Or maybe you have a headache!
What are you thinking right Now?

  • “Why me?”
  • “I wish it would just go way!”
  • “This is not how life should be”
  • Or just simply “ I am pissed off with it all”

Now you have a choice….You can accept it or resist it?

“What you resist will persist.” Buddhist Quote Click to Tweet

Let me explain,

The aim with the feeling of pain or discomfort is to observe it and not resist it.

Read that last sentence again. I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it is so important you understand and really take it in!

So what does that mean?

To put it simply, you just need to take a step back and take a real good look at your life.
Remember the pain and discomfort is only a part of your life. It may be a big part, but it’s only a part!

Now, take a deep breath and calmly say to yourself “I choose to accept whatever is happening to me right now”

Now ask yourself… “What is a better choice for me right now?”

Examples of better choices and resistance coping skills…

Laughter…

Laugh as much as you can, Ok you are not feeling your best but that doesn’t mean you cannot laugh. Watch a funny film, a comedian you know is funny or look up some funny Youtube videos.
The animal and children videos are my favourites; I can’t stop laughing at some of them, you know what I mean, that gut wrenching laughter where you just can’t stop.

Family and Friends…

Spend time with loved ones and friends that understand and support you on your path. Just being around the people you love is amazing, especially children, they make you laugh and are always doing something to keep your attention.

Acts of kindness…

At least once a day do an act of kindness to either someone you know or a complete stranger. It may just be a simple comment about someone’s appearance. Just do was feels right for you.
Gratitude…

Each day write down a list of things you are most grateful in your life. You could start with being grateful for your family and friends, a roof over your head or your pet that gives you so much pleasure. Once you start you will find it hard to stop.

Just think of the examples above as choices, nothing more nothing less. You do have choice!

  • Choose to resist it and focus on the pain with all the negative thoughts.
  • Choose to accept the pain and move on to more positive thoughts.

Ok, let’s move on.

Taking total responsibility for your own recovery…

Firstly, let’s take a look at Morris Goodman, he realised that he controlled his destiny and would live with the consequences of the choices he made

He took total responsibility; He did not let anyone stand in his way, not even the doctors.

The only person that can take responsibility for your recovery and your own life is YOU!

Take these examples…

  • In the west we would go to our doctor and ask how can YOU help me with my condition?
  • Now, in the east we would go the doctor and then ask how can I help myself to ease the pain and discomfort.

Can you see the difference? With the eastern example, we are taking responsibility for our own recovery.

Now, I am not saying that you ignore your doctor’s advice! But what I would say, you can still take full responsibility for your own recovery and help avoid other health issues in the future.

issues in the future.

Examples of taking full responsibility for your own recovery…

Eating well…

Having a healthy diet is one of most important things you can do to help you recover from pain and discomfort, and also helps prevents further problems in the future.

As you know there is so much advice out there on dieting and which are the right foods to eat. But my favourite is just so simple. It is from Louise L Hay,

“If it grows eat it …if it doesn’t grow don’t eat it”

How simple is that! If you just follow this simple advice from Louise L Hay to help your recovery, you will find that your energy levels will rise and you will look and feel healthier.

Exercise and fitness…

Keeping fit and healthy is another major part at taking full responsibility for your own recovery.

Of course we all have our own personal limits and challenges. But that does not mean we all cannot keep active. Even, if that is just 10 to 30 minutes.

Here are few examples…

Walking…

Start off at your own pace for about 10 minutes a day. When you find it getting too easy, increase to 15 minutes… then to 20 minutes… maybe 30 minutes. Do whatever feels right for you!  You will be simply amazed by the benefits.

Yoga, Pilates and T’ai Chi

Whatever challenges you’re going through in your life right now. Yoga, Pilates or T’ai Chi will have massive benefits, not just on your body, but also your mind.

You may have to do little research which one is best for you. As a guide, try to focus on the one that looks at Meditation, breathing and posture.

Gentle stretching and strengthening exercises

These can be as simple as turning your head to look over your shoulder or stretching your arm towards the ceiling. My advice is to have a chat with a physiotherapist to find which exercises suit your personal needs.

Your only responsibility is to stick with exercise plan. The physiotherapist can give you plan and give his advice, but you are the only one that can execute it.

Swimming…

I think this is a great choice! Whatever you may be going through, swimming is great for fitness and pain management. You can get amazing benefits at any fitness level or ability.

Just being in the water itself is enough to start with, as your body has to work harder to move around in the water.

Here are a few more.

  • hydrotherapy
  • Gentle aqua aerobics
  • Water polo
  • Walking or running in water

If you are not sure, take a visit to your doctor or your local swimming pool and take a look at what they have to offer.

Meditation…

Meditation is great way to relax and let go of the negative self-talk and reduce pain and discomfort.

Mindfulness meditation is one of the most popular, and has been shown in clinical trials to reduce chronic pain by 57 per cent.

That’s huge!!

Even some hospital pain clinics are now using mindfulness meditation to help their patients cope with a wide range of conditions and diseases.

Such as, Cancer.. heart disease… and Arthritis. It is also used for back problems, migraines and fibromyalgia.

Basically, whatever you may be going through, Meditation can help you far more than you could have ever imagined.

Now that you know what mindfulness meditation can do, let’s show you how it can help YOU!

The Body Scan Meditation…

If you have never experienced a body scan meditation before you are in for a real treat!

You do not have to expert meditator to feel the benefits. And you can start seeing results quickly.

Ok, let’s start,

Find a quiet place to lie down or sit, just do whatever feels right you. Turn of your phone and make sure you will not be disturbed for 20 minutes.

When you are comfortable, take 3 deep breaths in through nose and out through mouth. Then start to focus on your breathing, feel your chest going up and down.

If it feels natural try to take the breath right down into your belly.

Get into a rhythm…In and Out…In and Out…In and Out, as you start to relax.

You may start thinking negative thoughts or start to feel pain and discomfort, just smile and move your focus back to your breathing.

Now you are relaxed and still focusing on your breathing, you are going to focus on relaxing individual parts of your body….

  • Starting from your scalp then moving down to your forehead
  • Around your eyes
  • Cheeks
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Continue working your way down your body to your toes.

By now you are totally relaxed, now with each out breath try to relax even more and just enjoy the feeling of being relaxed and in the moment.

When you are ready start to come back to full awareness, do this at your own in your own time. Just wait until you are fully back to awareness before carry on with your day.

And of course, Practice…Practice…Practice

The more you practice the deeper you will relax each time you do it.

The best time to practice is in the morning just before you get up as you are already relaxed from a night sleep.

I really hope you enjoyed the body scan meditation.

Now, as I mentioned before, taking total responsibility for your life and your recovery is a choice, nothing more nothing less!

If we take a look at Morris Goodman, he had accepted where was at that moment and took total responsibility for his goal, to walk out of the hospital unaided by Christmas.

Even though the doctors said he would not be able to breathe, talk, let alone walk out the front door of the hospital.

That brings us nicely to the end of this first part in which we have looked and discussed:

  • Find out why acceptance is the key to your own Recovery…
  • Why you need to take total responsibility for your own recovery

In the second part of this post, which can be read here, we investigate:

  1. How to set your own goals that speed up recovery…
  2. How to use the astonishing Healing power of your own mind…

Until then take care.

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