How mental pain creates physical pain


How many times have you wondered, “Why do I hurt?”  Pain is created in so many ways, but they are all a manifestation of something which you have experienced mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually.  When it comes down to it, your body is a product of all of these influences.

Now, some pains come from sources we absolutely understand.  If you just spent an afternoon chopping wood and your normal routine is sitting on your rump, you probably hurt in places you forgot you had!  Your muscles are used to the patterns you lay down for them, day after day, and they respond to those routines.  The grow and stretch to allow for the daily use you give them.  Unfortunately, if your daily use isn’t very much, that’s all they’re used to moving and stretching and they can get quite irritated when you want to suddenly change their world!  In fact, I have watched many clients alleviate pain and discomfort simply by stretching and reminding themselves of their range of motion.   When you stop moving you may begin to feel trapped.  Simply moving and consciously being aware of a huge range of motion can reverse the trapped, helpless and cringing mindset which can bring on the pain.

Sometimes pain is less straightforward.  If you have ever been deeply distressed, grieving or depressed, then you probably have experienced a deep, body ache.  The important thing to remember during these times is to approach yourself with compassion and gentleness, but also with clarity.  What is hurting, specifically?  Don’t just let yourself get away with vaguely hurting all over.  It is easy to blow yourself off and just wallow in the pain, but it won’t get you anywhere except into more pain.  Your body is trying to tell you something.  Tension happens when coping mechanisms are being used.  Pain happens when coping mechanisms are being overwhelmed.  It may help you to process what you are going through by getting specific.  Don’t overwhelm yourself.  This is not about listing every symptom and scare yourself into believing you’re dying!!  It’s more about the idea that you can create space for yourself, in loving compassion, even in times of great sadness or conflict.

Chronic pain often follows a similar pattern.  You need to seek clarity and balance in situations like this.  What emotions are you feeling when you think about your chronic pain?  What situations seem to cause it to flare up?  Now, before your get overwhelmed, start asking yourself about the other end of the spectrum.  Do you remember a time when you didn’t notice that you hurt?  What were you doing?  What were you feeling?  It’s easy to get sucked in by the negativity of chronic pain.  You may even feel like you’re drowning in your own pain, confusion and distress.  Take it a step at a time.  Consciously create a positive moment where you know exactly what is going on and what you are doing about it.  It can be something as simple as picking up a glass of water or some other action which you don’t think will hurt.  Consciously ask yourself, “Does this hurt?”  If it doesn’t, celebrate!  You did something that didn’t hurt.  Congratulations!  Build more of those memories, so that when your mind tries to take you down the sad walk of how you always hurt, you’ll have an argument to disprove it.

Everyone is unique and so your pain is going to be unique to you.  There are solutions.  There is a path to health, but you have to be willing to explore your self in order to find the steps.

I hope this has helped you understand a little bit more about the link between mental and physical pain and what you can do to overcome it.  Want more information?  Schedule an initial consultation today with Master Healer Meade Neumann and become a conscious creator of your own health!

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