the left brain (the interpreter/ego) is set up from the beginning of our lives as a problem-solution MACHINE! it will inevitably seek pleasure and avoid pain. it's its nature. in doing so, we tend to leap into negative stories (unconsciously), and by the time it takes for that leap to occur (nanosecond), emotions of insecurity and fear have already arrived and our nervous systems kick in. i believe the simplicity in this - and every "problem", for that matter - is to establish a quick mental verbal switch (awareness) that catches the story before it unwinds into a habitual narrative, and reminds us that it is indeed ONLY a story in that moment about a future we can not know. ANYTHING is always possible in the next moment, so to focus on the infinite negative possibilities is not helpful even tho the left brain thinks it is just being prudent/cautious and protecting us. waking up to our human nature is a process that takes practice, more for some than others. the main thing i am learning is patience. i have made great strides in seeing my issues come and go and prove to myself every day that i am safe, i am on the right path, i don't need to monitor my body, it does much better when i leave it alone to do it's own remarkable things. i look at every recurrence of pain and discomfort as yet another opportunity to practice awareness, rather than a back step; something that is happening FOR me rather than TO me.