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Practice Compassion

June 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

I invite you to try a new practice each week. To enjoy life more, you can decrease the negative or increase the positive. Unfortunately for those of us with chronic pain, we sometimes can’t lower that negative experience. So these practices will be designed to increase the positive!

Our bodies are painful. Our health care is frustrating to us – mix ups at the pharmacy, waiting in the doctor’s office. Our treatment isn’t relieving our pain. All of this, in addition to the regular big and small glitches in life, contribute to our irritation and lack of patience. And those feelings are normal!

The practice of compassion can be a way to help ourselves be more peaceful and help others by not passing on our irritation and frustration. Especially for those of us in pain, being compassionate towards our bodies means holding our bodies in love and care, being patient with our body’s pace of healing, and trying to accept continuing pain as being our body’s response despite it doing its best. I invite you to try this Buddhist meditation:

May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I awaken to the light of my own true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing for all beings.

May you be at peace.
May your heart remain open.
May you awaken to the Light of your own true nature.
May you be healed.
May you be a source of healing for all beings.

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