Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby Ben » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:25 pm

It was in Burma in the early 1950s, Akuma.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Pain relief: meditation better than drugs, study finds

Postby manas » Wed May 09, 2012 12:59 am

Hi Ben, all,

I've had a few experiences with overcoming pain through meditation, that here might be a good place to share. Not sitting in half-lotus or anything, I mean I was reclining back comfortably, with a cold compress on my head. But I did two things. First, I tuned into my breath, to calm myself down a bit (the pain was intense and I wasn't calm). Once I was more relaxed, I turned my attention to the pain itself. I gently guided my awareness into every aspect of the sensations, trying to find their centre, their essence. Needless to say this isn't easy and it hurts a heck of a lot, I'm not going to sugar-coat it. Anyway, the only way I could do this was to surrender to the pain - to not wish it gone. This was very difficult, because the acquired habit we all have is to reject pain. But I saw this as an experiment, something that I knew would not last forever. So I worked and worked to sincerely accept the pain, to stop trying to push it away, stop wishing it to be gone. It's a 180 degree turnaround, that instead of awareness trying to escape the sensations, it actually 'goes in deeper and deeper' and willingly explores them.

So I'm exploring it. What is it, really? Throbbing...pulsating...(this all happens over the course of half an hour or so)...go deeper into what hurts the most (in peace) - there, what is that? And while I was trying to find it's centre, it's 'essence' or 'substance', I started to perceive it as heat. It was like, the pain had changed into something else. This was amazing. Anyway, I kept going, into that...and over a period of time it began to dissipate, fade away.

It doesn't always work this way for me, and there can be this trap where you do the meditation thinking, "ok pain I accept you" while in the secret back of your mind you are thinking, "ok I accept you now hurry up and dissipate!" So it isn't always easy to do, because ime one has to be sincere in the acceptance. And sometimes it doesn't go away in the time-frame I would like it to...I just have to 'let it be' for what can be up to half a day, if need be lying down in bed half asleep. But I must admit that since then I have not taken a pill for a headache, I deal with it naturally - cold compress on the forehead, glass of water, lie back, relax, breathe...and if need be, just a good lie down.

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Then the Blessed One, picking up a tiny bit of dust with the tip of his fingernail, said to the monk, "There isn't even this much form...feeling...
perception...fabrications...consciousness that is constant, lasting, eternal, not subject to change, that will stay just as it is as long as eternity."

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Postby Moggalana » Wed May 09, 2012 7:33 am

There is an interesting podcast with neuroscientist Tim Gard at the Secular Buddhist Association about pain attenuation through mindfulness and how this effect of mindfulness differs from the placebo effect or other pain management techniques.

http://secularbuddhism.org/2011/12/23/e ... ndfulness/

If I remember correctly, some of this has also been discussed in the previous episode:

http://secularbuddhism.org/2011/12/17/e ... ndfulness/

There is another one (but I haven't listened to it yet):

http://secularbuddhism.org/2011/04/15/e ... editation/
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