Pain can be ally, educator

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None of us want pain in our lives. We spend an enormous amount of time, energy and money trying to avoid it. And yet, have you ever considered that the pain you are experiencing could possibly be your greatest ally and educator?

This may sound strange, but if you think about it, all pain, be it psychological, emotional or physical, is pointing toward something which we need to change in our lives. If we can learn to be present with and curious about our pain, rather than running from it or ignoring it, we can discover a host of valuable information which can point us in a new direction.

Sometimes, the reason we are in pain is obvious. Slouch while you’re working at your desk and your neck and shoulders will hurt. Haul newborn calves out of the mud and snow around the clock, after being relatively idle all winter, and you can expect some back pain. Stay in a relationship or job which causes you distress and you can count on psychological or emotional pain in the form of depression, anxiety, apathy or anger. Asking yourself why you are in pain in these situations typically produces an answer which is readily apparent.



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