I wonder if any of you have experienced this... For the past couple of weeks I've been practicing the "face, accept, float, let time pass" program of Claire Weekes. This has helped me a lot, especially since I discovered that what I really need to do to feel better is RELAX into the pain. This is counterintuitive. Usually when we feel pain we tense up into it. According to Weekes, this causes the pain-fear-pain cycle to continue. We are just adding to our already stressed-out nervous system. It's very hard to learn how to relax instead into pain. But I have been practicing. Whenever I become conscious that I am tensing, I consciously relax whatever muscles are tense. Very often, I find that these are my stomach muscles (even though my main pain is in my foot)! I have realized during the last week that I very often, throughout the day, clench my stomach muscles tightly. Even when my mind does not seem anxious, I realize on some subconscious level I am, because I feel it in my body. I hope that learning to relax into pain and relax tense muscles will lead to a calmer me. Not just in terms of how I deal with pain but how I deal with life in general. I have always been a worrier and have suffered a lot from anxiety. Hopefully this practice will loosen me up a bit.