One of the readings from earlier this week quoted Dr. Sarno as saying "If only we could learn how to live instead of how not to die, we would be much healthier and happier." I recognize that so much of TMS work is focused on "how not to have pain", which feels like a cousin, of sorts, to "how not to die." And it is amazing. Yet, the other headline is that pain distracts us from learning how to live with joy and hope. By thinking about the life I want to live, I demote pain. I've found the TMS poem by Drs Schubiner and Lumley to be a nice and (mostly) lyrical way to help me think psychologically when pain shows up. The TMS poem encourages us to... Notice what has been hidden; Understand what has been a mystery; Speak what has been unsaid; Confront what has been avoided; Accept what needs to be accepted; Forgive what needs to be forgiven; Change what needs to be changed.