Why Smart People Use Meditation For Pain Relief [And How]

meditation for pain relief

Advil? Pah. Meditation is the real pain killer. This breaking scientific research proves it. There’s nothing quite like meditation for pain relief.

Suffering from chronic pain quite simply ruins your life.

You feel lonely, you feel afraid, you feel desperate for any miracle that will end the suffering. But the more you try to distract your mind from the pain, the more one thought hammers on your brain: It hurts.

Pain is partly physical, partly mental.

As Budda said, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”

You might not be able to completely end the pain. But what you can do is reduce the suffering.

 

Pain is both physical and mental

 

Pain affects you both physically and mentally. Even a type of pain that seems wholly physical (like a broken arm) can also manifest mentally.

That’s why placebos work.

In World War II ,Dr Harry Beescher was treating soldiers for wounds. One day he ran out of morphine, so he switched to a saline solution. It was a switch that should have been obvious. Saline solution should not possibly be as effective at treating pain as morphine. Otherwise, why would doctors in hospitals give you morphine when you’re in pain…? (why, oh why?)

But 40% of the soldiers that Dr. Beescher treated said they didn’t feel the pain after being treated. (You can read more about this on How Stuff Works)

This wasn’t magic. And it wasn’t some miracle salt that Dr. Beescher was using in his saline solutions. It was the power of placebo.

A placebo is when you are healed simply because you think you are being healed. If, for instance, your mother tells you that chicken soup will get rid of your cold and it works, it has worked because you believed it would (because chicken soup actually does nothing for a cold).

Science has proven that placebos are as affective as medication. What matters when you are medicated is that you believe you are being healed.

So, there is a very real mental component to even the most physical pain.

 

Pain can also be caused directly by emotional problems

Take a look at this fascinating chart. It shows how emotional problems cause pain in the body.

 

 

“According to author Louise Hay and scientist Bruce Lipton, physical symptoms are merely tangible evidence of what is going on in your unconscious mind and how you are REALLY feeling deep inside. Author Calvin Banyan explains that your emotions play a crucial role in ensuring your needs are met. If feelings are ignored, your subconsious mind must find another way to get its message across and help you see that your deeper needs are being ignored

Symptoms are the way your body alerts you to to this. There is a scientific explanation why all mammals show physical symptoms when they have an out-of-balance emotional state …”

You can read more about this on Enlightened Feelings.

 

 

If physical pain is caused by the mind, then the mind can heal the pain

Physical pain is caused by emotional suffering. And that means that emotional healing can cure physical pain.

One of the best ways to heal emotional pain is by meditating.

When you meditate you silence the mind and give your mind a chance to heal itself. This cures emotional suffering and in turn cures physical pain.

This is why meditation has been proven to help with pain relief  and other types of pain.

Essentially, the healing powers of meditation start from the mind and then extend to the body. This is very important. Because meditation is so beneficial for your mind it is even used on cancer patients.

 

 

Today, we are starting to learn that meditation stops pain. And there are a number of great meditation resources you can use for help with your own pains.

There are very many resources that you can use to get help with your pain.

For starters, I highly recommend that you take a look at my free guide to all different types of meditation.

And I recommend that you pick up a copy of my premium guide Journey To The Buddha Within. It will teach you everything you need to know to end pain.

But what other resources can you use?

 

 

One of the most famous advocates of using meditation for pain is Goldie Hawn.

Yes, Goldie Hawn,  that cute actress who was in so many chick flicks in the 90s, is now teaching you how to use meditation for pain relief.

Goldie Hawn has created a program called MindUp, which helps children to deal with stress and anxiety. She’s also put out a book called10 Mindful Minutes: Giving Our Children–and Ourselves–the Social and Emotional Skills to Reduce St ress and Anxiety for Healthier, Happy Lives, in which she teaches readers to use mindfulness meditation for pain relief.

 

 

Goldie Hawn’s belief in mindfulness meditation for pain relief is based on more than blind faith.

A significant body of scientific research has proven that mindfulness meditation helps patients to deal with the pain of illness. Thanks to these studies, mindfulness meditation is now taught in hospitals around the world.

 

Using meditation for headaches.

The World Health Organisation’s official statistics show that 47% of the world’s population suffers from at least one headache per year. Headaches are one of the most common pain disorders. Migraines are on the rise too, with more than 11% of people suffering from them.

Perhaps it’s should be no surprise that headaches and migraines are becoming more and more common. After all, one of the most common causes of headaches is tension and stress, and the causes for stress and tension seem to become more and more every year.

No doubt you’ve experienced a tension headache at least once in your lifetime—if not, please let us know your secret in a comment below.

Pressure And Stress Are Leading Causes Of Headaches

The pressures and stress of modern society lead to an increasing amount of tension.

At times, that tension begins to manifest itself in mild to moderate pain and in a sensation of tension around the head. This makes it difficult to focus.

The headache itself presents more stress, which leads to increased tension, making the headache worse. And so it continues until the headache is so bad that you simply cannot function.

Pain medications have always been extremely popular, and of course do have their place (sometimes you simply need the headache gone and gone now). But pills have never been the healthiest solution. A much better solution is found in mindfulness and meditation.

Mind body techniques, including mindfulness and meditation, have been scientifically proven to help alleviate the symptoms of headaches, migraines, and other pains. A report in Psychosomatic Medicine magazine recently revealed that individuals who practice meditation are significantly less prone to headaches.

Jon Kabat Zinn, a doctor and meditation teacher, coined the term “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Kabat Zinn and a team of scientists researched the effect of mindfulness meditation on health. Subsequently, mindfulness based stress reduction has been used increasingly to treat a number of health complications.

 

 

One of Kabat Zinn’s studies showed that individuals who practice MBSR techniques have 1.4 fewer migraines per month than the average individual.

Those headaches that MBSR practitioners do experience also tend to be shorter and less severe.

These results are in conjunction with many other MBSR benefits, which include a 30% improvement in everyday activities like sleeping, sex, and cooking; improves positive moods; decreases negative moods; and improved overall health. You may like to read our complete coverage of all the health benefits by meditation.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is an adapted form of traditional Buddhist meditation (and there are many other Buddhist types of meditation for headaches, so take a look at that link).

When practicing MBSR the individual focuses on non-judgmentally accepting the pain in their body. The aim is to perceive the pain precisely as it is: as pure energy. This acceptance of pain has been proven to significantly reduce suffering, perhaps because a large amount of physical pain is psychosomatic.

Mindfulness and meditation help alleviate pain because they make us aware of the mental construct of that pain. To put that more simply. A great deal of the pain we experience is in our minds. Meditation makes us aware of our minds and of the pain the mind is creating. Once we are aware we are then able to escape that self-created pain.

 

So, how does mindfulness meditation for pain relief work?

Pain comes in two forms. There’s primary pain and secondary pain. Primary pain is the information sent from the body to the brain. When we are injured or ill, our body transmits information to our brain telling our brain’s that we are in pain.

Secondary information has to do with the way the mind process pain. If we are dwelling on pain, we can say that we are amplifying the primary pain: we are taking the information of pain and intensifying our suffering. Mindfulness meditation enables us to do the opposite: to limit the effect primary pain has on our minds.

So, how do we do a mindfulness meditation for pain relief? Take a look at my complete guide to all the different types of meditation to see all your options. 

But my advice is that you start with a body scan meditation. Here’s how.

 

 

 

 

How to do a Body Scan Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief

 

Lie on the floor with your hands on your stomach. Shut your eyes and take a few minutes to relax. Imagine that your body is sinking into the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

Concentrate on your breathing. Specifically, focus on the sensation of your breath coming and going between the space between your lips and mouth.

 

 

 

 

 Be aware of the way your breath feels around your body. Get in touch with the sensations around your body.

 

 

Begin to focus on your feet. Notice any sensations there. Now gradually move your focus around your body, from your feet to legs to pelvis, stomach, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, face and head. If you notice any tension or pain, imagine your breath entering that place and relaxing your body.

 

 

 

 

Once you have finished scanning your body, return to focussing on your breathing for five minute.

 

 

 

That’s it! This simple mindfulness meditation only take ten minutes but will significantly help you to overcome pain and physical tension.

Please help share this simple cure to pain so we can help millions of people around the world to find relief. Thank you.

And be sure to read this article about all the benefits of meditation.

 

 

If your doctor prescribed painkillers then you need to hear the eye-opening news about opoids.

 

Opioids (medications that relieve pain) have become one of the most abused drugs in the country. Researchers at Stanford University Medical Center decided to investigate the truth behind prescription pain killers after it surfaced that more than 52 million people over the age of 12 are taking the medication.

The researchers investigated precisely how pain killers are made available to people. They made some shocking discoveries.

“The bulk of opioid prescriptions are distributed by the large population of general practitioners,” said Dr. Jonathan Chen, the study’s lead author. “Being a physician myself, I am acutely aware of the emotional angst that can occur when deciding whether to prescribe opioids to a patient who may have simultaneously developed a chronic pain and substance-dependence problem.”

You can read all about the study in this press release. But to let you in on the research, the team at Stanford University examined claims for prescription medication made since 2013. Their aim was to reveal the truth: that doctors are overprescribing opioids.

The researchers discovered that many general practitioners are intentionally overprescribing the medication.  They discovered that 10 percent of opioid prescribers accounted for 57 percent of opioid prescriptions and 63 percent of all types of drug prescriptions. Bear that in mind if your doctor prescribed painkillers.

This news is particularly concerning because of the nature of opioids, which serve to reduce the brain’s interpretation of pain signals. This makes them highly addictive. It also means that they are one of the main drugs that the phrmaceutical industry sells. More than $3 billion are made through sales of opioids every year. And there is mounting evidence that shows that not only are opioids addictive but highly dangerous too.

About 45 people a day, more than 16,600 people a year, die from overdoses of the drugs, including methadone, morphine, and oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone combined with acetaminophen (Lortab and Vicodin). And for every death, more than 30 others are admitted to the emergency room.

There is a very real chance that someone you know has been given opioids that they do not need to take. They may be at risk of becoming addicted and they should know that an overdose on opioids can potentially be fatal.

 

So, here are the facts about opioids and pain killers :

If your doctor presribed painkillers they’re not alone. Doctors are over prescribing opioids across the country.

  • $3 billion is made on opioids every year
  • Opioids are highly addictive
  • Use of opioids can potentially be fatal.

 

 Meditation is the best way to stop pain

Put down the pills. Start meditating instead.

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