Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pain Helps Our Cells Communicate With Our Brain

Pain Helps Our Cells
Communicate With Our Brain

Has your body ever hurt and ached for what seems like no reason at all? Have you gotten up in the morning and exclaimed "my body hurts, I must have slept wrong"? Have you ever considered your job to be a pain in the neck while you are suffering through neck stiffness? While I could go on and on with examples, this hopefully helps you begin to see how our pains are connected to our brain.


Pain does help our cells communicate with our brain. If you think that is just a little too far fetched, than please read the first paragraph over. If that is still not convincing, start noticing the things you say when you feel pain. For when you see pain for what it is and you listen to how you react to it, the important story will be told.

On page 157 in the book, My Stroke Of Insight, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor makes the following statement. "Pain is the tool our cells use to communicate to our brain that there is trauma somewhere in our body. Our cells stimulate our pain receptors in order to get our brain to focus and pay attention."


Dr. Taylor is absolutely correct! We all experience pain at some point in our life. Sometimes we have become numb to it and so we go through life acting as if we do not have pain. If you're not feeling pan, you really aren't feeling your entire body. It does not mean you have to experience difficult pain each and every hour, but in order to feel life, you will experience pain.

The trick to dealing with pain as Dr Taylor so eloquently writes, is to surrender into it. Observe it, embrace it and be with the pain. Reaching for pain pills to stop it, or allowing fear to over run your life, isn't going to ultimately do much other than suppress the pain. There is a big difference between suppressing the pain and actually moving beyond the pain.

Sometimes we don't fully understand what the message of the pain is about and in some ways, that may not be as important as just surrendering into the pain. When you surrender into the emotion and feeling of it, you'll find your answer by observing and staying open.

While all of this may sound too difficult to do, it really is an effective way to become fully alive in your body and deal with pain. Pain is truly meant to be communication between our cells and our brain. It helps us discover what it means to be human and it helps us evolve as humans into a deeper consciousness.

The next time you are feeling pain, instead of reaching for the pain pills or aspirin and Tylenol, try something different. Try to stop and just spend time feeling and observing the pain. Yes, I know this is different than you have most likely been taught. Allow yourself just to be the observer and identify the shape, size, weight, color or any other descriptions that you can create to depict the pain.  Find the language that helps you identify the pain you feel in your body.

When you have allowed yourself to be with the pain and watching it from a detached viewpoint, then try tensing up the muscles for a few seconds and let it release. You might want to repeat this a few times giving yourself several moments of rest in-between each tense and release moment. Give yourself time to assimilate the information that your brain is taking in from your body and cells. You can add some relaxing and refreshing warm bath water or a warm shower to this exercise and see if the tension and pain doesn't just wash away.

All of this may sound too good and too simple to be true. However, if you keep playing with your pain and seeing it for what it is, you will find there is so much power in your brain to change things in your body. Remember, pain helps our cells communicate with our brain. It is not our enemy. It is our friend.

Learn more about discovering the power of your mind by clicking this link.

To read Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's Book, My Stroke Of Insight, click this link.




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