I did a gratitude post the other day, as my embracing of mind/body health has really transformed my health and my entire life. Today, I had a revelation about TMS which may or may not resonate with some of you. I'm actually grateful when I get TMS now, because it's a sign that I'm not at all comfortable with something. Over the weekend, my family have been through some quite traumatic events. I won't go into the detail, but for those who were close to the events, it will leave lifelong memories. Yesterday, I thought I was ok with everything. But last night/this morning I had terrible back pain when trying to sleep. It no longer worries me the way it used to. Last time my TMS flared up, I took the attitude "Bring it on! Come on... show me your worse" and it was gone within a day. However, this one was trying to get my attention. It's taken me all day, but I've figured it out and am feeling FAR better now. I know Dr. Sarno says the purpose of the pain is to distract you from emotions you don't want to face, but now I'm no longer intimdated by the pain, I can see there's actually a balanced equation there: "emotions you don't want to face" cause TMS, therefore whenever you have TMS, it's a sign there are emotions you are not facing. TMS isn't evil to me; it's my body telling me it's uncomfortable with my position on something important. It tells me when I need to stop and think about things. If it didn't speak to me like this, I'd just keep bottling up emotions. My body can't handle that any more. It needs me to live life on a clear head, and resolve internal conflict. Has anyone else reached a similar conclusion?