This article deals with pain management with meditation. It will introduce you to the techniques and the practice of using meditation as a form of natural pain relief.
In medicine pain relates to a sensation that hurts. If you feel pain it hurts, you feel discomfort, distress and perhaps agony, depending on the severity of it.
Pain can be steady and constant, in which case it may be an ache. It might be a throbbing pain – a pulsating pain. The pain could have a pinching sensation, or a stabbing one.
Meditation Techniques For Pain Management
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This is a very personal topic for me as for the last 5 years I have lived with the cancer and had to learn to deal with pain being part of my every day life.
Constant pulsing pain caused by my advanced cancer made me irritated and impatient. I have tried everything from opiates to cannabis oil.
The opiates, I have been offered Tradomal, take away the pain, but make me very sick and dizzy leaving me unable to drive or consume my favorite glass of red wine.
I also worry about the side effects such as dependency and all those harmful chemicals in my body!
The medicinal cannabis oil works in taking the edge of the pain, but does not help when I am really struggling. I also cannot carry it with me everywhere despite my prescription as it’s illegal in some countries.
Since I started to meditate daily, my life has turned around and I have learned the techniques to control my pain, so it no longer controls me and my actions.
I also use several Ayurvedic herbs and techniques to help me with pain management. You can read about my experiences here:
If you, just like me live with pain, join in my personal journey to learn to do pain management with meditation.
Living With Pain
There are many people in the world who like me live in constant pain. Living with daily pain is frustrating and causes a lot of mental problems such as irritability, anciently and depression.
The psychological effects caused by lack of pain relief can be so severe that they lead individuals into desperate actions, such as suicide and even murders in sudden violent bursts of anger.
Besides chronic pain, there is also acute pain, which can be caused by an injury to nerves, muscles, bones or tendons, medical condition such as cancer or kidney infection and child birth.
Pain is also very individual and can be only truly explained by the person who is experiencing it. Every individual has a different pain threshold, or in other words tolerance for pain, which means that the same cause for pain can experienced in totally different way by two different individuals.
Western medicine spends millions of dollars in developing new medications to provide pain relief for the sufferers. However most of the times the stronger the numbing effect, more serious the side effects, such as drowsiness, vision and coordination problems.
The most effective pain medications are opiates, derivatives of the opium plant, most known being Morphine and it’s synthetic forms. It acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to decrease the feeling of pain. Opiates are also highly addictive and cause both physical and mental dependency.
So how can Meditation bring Pain Relief? There are several different ways the meditation can bring you relief from pain. I will introduce you to the these methods and provide my own guided meditations that you can use to help you along!
By Distracting Yourself From The Pain
This approach is a very good one, when the pain hits suddenly and without warning. You could be at work, shopping in town or having a fancy dinner somewhere. The pain can catch up with you anywhere and there is no escaping.
Depending on the situation there are several different techniques you can use. I will introduce you to 2 of them that I have personally found most effective:
- Quick Pain Meditation – Can be done anywhere and doesn’t require any preparation or special positions
- Daily Pain Meditation – Learn how to distance yourself from the pain and draw your concentration on other things.
- Mantra Meditation – Has to be learned, but after wards can be done anywhere and doesn’t necessarily require any preparation or special positions
The two techniques above are best when used together. My article
Meditation For Chronic Pain Relief
will take you through both and you can listen to my personal guides meditation to learn the technique I was thought by my yoga master.
The third technique takes some time to master and I will be posting a video about it in later on in my meditation series. Mantras are very powerful in clearing the mind and releasing the pain. They can be sited out loud or inside the head.
By Learning Deep Relaxation techniques
An other method, which will help you in fact feel less pain. You learn how to relax your body, paying special attention the parts that cause you pain.
My Deep Relaxation Meditation teaches you a technique that is especially good when you are failing to fall asleep from the pain or if you are suffering pain caused by tension and stress, such as lower back or neck pains.
In the long term, you will notice that your pain is not as sharp as it used to be and you can slowly start to combine the deep relaxation meditation with gentle exercise for maximum effect. Read about the benefits of Yoga in my article:
By Practicing Breathing Techniques
Pranayamas, the ancient breathing techniques are very important part of both yoga and meditation! The correct way of breathing can bring you a lot of relief from the pain and certain methods can substantially reduce acute pain!
I will be posting my own videos into some of these powerful secrets later on in my yoga series, stay tuned!
My Guided Pain Meditation
These meditations are provided for learning purpose and they provide you the techniques to use for each 3 types of meditation I have mentioned in my article!
The idea is that you learn to use the method I teach you in order to relax yourself in the situations where the pain wave hits and you feel like drowning. You of course can still continue to use my guided meditation if you feel you benefit from it.
In order to use either of my meditation below, you need to make yourself comfortable. I do not recommend doing this meditation in bed for the first time, but you can certainly use it later on in the evenings to help you fall asleep!
If you have a yoga or exercise mat, roll it on the floor. If not, you can also use a blanket to soften the floor. I often lay on my bare cork floor, it’s warm and comfortable.
You will need a light blanket, as your body temperature tends to drop as you enter a deeper stages of relaxation. You also want to dim the lights and if your intention is to fall asleep, you should meditate in dark.
Make sure there are no distractions, no kids, no phones and no TV. It helps to set the mood to use an incense, a scented candle, or a essential oil infuser.
Special word about pets. Often they are a distraction, but some people prefer to include their pets into the meditation. My dog is used to me meditation since he was a puppy and often joins me in my sessions.
Just make sure what ever you are using has a relaxing and calming effect. My top pick for pain meditation is the soothing Sandalwood essential oil quit smoking pills zyban.
It might also be relaxing to listen to some music, you hear me play it during my meditation, some beautiful blue whale songs.
However for some people it is distracting and they prefer to meditate in silence. You will learn your personal preference soon enough and can take action accordingly.
I have also provided mp3 files, which you can download if you want to store me meditation into your smart phone to listen to it for instance in the evening or after a yoga session.
For this relaxation we are going to use the yoga position Sawasana, also called a corpse pose, a position where the person lays on the yoga mat, back against the floor.
The feet are spread hip wide apart and arms are separated from the body, hands being placed about 10cm from the body. The position is demonstrated below.
You should cover yourself with the light blanket, leaving the feet and the fingers free for movement.
My meditation is taking you to the depths of the ocean, join me in my dive with the blue whales!
I hope you have enjoyed my guided meditation! I would love to hear from you and your experiences in living with pain and how mediation has changed things for you.
Please also take a look about my article about using Ayurveda to help your with pain management. I would also appreciate it greatly if you give me a follow on my new YouTube channel and leave me a comment about your favorite alternative pain management techniques!
I you want to learn more about the roots of meditation, you can read my article about Yoga Sutras.
ॐ Love and Peace,
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