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Day 8 So far so good .....

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by Jill Pensom, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Jill Pensom

    Jill Pensom New Member

    I feel like I have learnt a great deal about myself since reading Sarno and following the programme.

    During the week I found the meditation part the most difficult. I've always found it trying to sit still (even before pain) although over the last few years blamed this on my pain. I felt being motionless worsened my pain as I focused on it and lacked any distractions. Therefore I always made sure I was on the move. I now realise that stillness forces me to connect with my emotions. I managed to meditate for five minutes and it was not as challenging as I thought it to be.

    I'm looking forward to going for my second swim tomorrow. Today I drove for six hours straight, no back cushion, no stretching and although I have a few niggles the pain is a shadow of its former self.

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  2. JanAtheCPA

    JanAtheCPA Beloved Grand Eagle

    I'm excited for you, Jill, this sounds like positive progress! I would definitely encourage you to keep working on the ability to meditate - whatever that ends up meaning for you - I think it's very different for different people, but a valuable skill no matter how its done. And I wonder if some self-compassion would be helpful for you. It can't hurt to start exploring that aspect - it turns out to be a missing link for many of us. Here's a thread where people are making recommendations:

    Keep up the good work and keep us posted!

  3. Stella

    Stella Well known member

    Hi Jill,
    I just never thought I could meditate. I never thought I could get my mind to shut up. My mind yaks, yaks & yaks. when meditating it just yaks slower.... still yaks. Be very proud of 5 minutes. I find meditation slowly reduces my pain until it almost disappears. You could do 5 minutes 3X each day if you wanted.
  4. PeterO

    PeterO Peer Supporter

    Hi Jill.

    Have been a long time meditator & find if I need
    to counter myself I lie on the floor (rather than sit)
    as it helps ground my thoughts, allowing myself to relax
    into the floor. Always I breath through my abdomen,
    counting the breath in & out...1...then in & out 2 up to 5
    and then begin again. Sometimes I imagine I am
    bringing up the breath through my toes.

    Another tip is to imagine yourself looking down
    at yourself from above. Almost remove you from
    the meditation. You observing you meditate.


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