“The intimacy that arises in listening and speaking truth is only possible if we can open to the vulnerability of our own hearts. Breathing in, contacting the life that is right here, is our first step. Once we have held ourselves with kindness, we can touch others in a vital and healing way.”
― Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart
A friend introduced me to Tara Brach recently. I listened to one of her utube videos and found her voice and her words very soothing. There are times when nothing helps with pain and at those times people like John Kabat-Zinn , Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron and others are the only source of respite. Sometimes I find it difficult to get into the right frame of mind to meditate, but when I eventually do , then I feel better and even the pain eases somewhat.
Everyone has their own way of dealing with pain. I spent so many years trying different treatments and procedures none of them take away the pain. Today I accept that, but still struggle with the ongoing issues, both mental and physical. Thankfully I have found through other people with chronic pain and the internet, that there are many resources out there.
Finding support for chronic pain both nationally and locally is another story, one for another day!