Hello All - We’ve learned a lot after coaching people (MODERATED: identifying information removed due to previous failure to respond to legitimate concerns about deceptive marketing techniques) and we have seen some common denominators that determine success. One of the obstacles that we point out over and over again is the tendency to give your pain way too much power. Understandably, over time, chronic pain can seem to take on a life of its own. One of our client’s referred to his neck pain as his constant companion! This made us think of the popular Showtime series from a few years back: Dexter. If you're not familiar, this disturbing, yet captivating series followed thirtysomething Dexter in his role as forensics specialist by day and mercenary serial killer by night. Though he only targeted “bad” people who he felt had gotten away with terrible crimes – he enjoyed his “side work” a bit too much! Over time he began to refer to his vigilante style justice personality as his Dark Passenger. The same thing can happen with chronic pain and it takes a deliberate, dedicated effort to shake off this negative hitchhiker. It is essential to start visualizing yourself at the end of this journey - living a full life - without constant pain. To do this, you must see yourself as separate from your pain. It is NOT part of you. It’s a false, “dark passenger.” For many of us, it’s taken years or even decades to develop this false master of pain. But now, by accepting the mind-body connection to your chronic pain, we have the chance to fight back and win our freedom! The pain is unwanted and it needs to go. To do this, we must develop a healthier mindset and a healthier body. We can't keep doing things the same way that we've been doing them. It’s just not working. Winning requires us to change. Change is hard, but change is worth it. Remember the payoff is no more pain! It can be done. Say Adios to your dark passenger (pain) and start the pain free life you deserve to live.