Hello all, Hope you are doing well today. While listening to Dr. Sarno talk about how our minds use the physical pain to distract us from something emotional we would rather not (or, perhaps, can not, in more severe cases) deal with or pay attention to, I had a thought. Let me first say, I am not disagreeing that the physical pain can be a method of distraction. I just thought perhaps there was at least one other purpose as well... Could it be, at least sometimes, that the exact opposite is occurring? That is, the physical pain is our body's way of getting our attention, so we DO address whatever emotional difficulty/difficulties is/are swimming around in the subconscious mind? It's not like our body and mind can leave us a voice mail or send us a text asking us to please resolve that thing we don't want to think about. Perhaps sometimes this is our subconscious mind's way of telling us that we'd feel much better if we just faced up to certain unpleasant things. Thoughts? Peace.