Open Focus – coping with pain

Monday, 4th July 2011

Reading Geneen Roth’s Lost and Found. Her struggle to choose how she reacted to losing all their savings in the Madoff ponzi scheme paralleled my struggle with pain. The same realization that I could choose my reality and that I should live in the NOW. That in this actual moment I could be happy, though in pain – as long as I didn’t think of the past (I have been in pain for years) or the future (I can only go downhill through pain) – in the actual now I was OK.

Then the logjam broke and the solution came quietly from a pamphlet my sister picked up in passing. It took 10 minutes and one trial of an Open Focus exercise and I no longer have chronic pain. I no longer plan my days round pain. I take no painkillers. Yes, I have to be careful of my back and it does hurt if I do too much, but I can disperse the pain. My persona Is no longer pain. (Later note: this lasted about two months until over-zealous physiotherapy which I could not get back from, but the hope and promise I had at the time is what I have written here.) More info on Open Focus.

My question is: what shifted to allow this solution? What changed in me to make it possible?

She talks of the “stillness beneath – and between the passing thoughts” perhaps the same as my “sunlit meadow beyond pain.” She said it always made her more grateful and kinder both to herself and those around her.

About UntraveledRoads

Fascinated by life, looking for answers to chronic pain and finding unexpected gifts. Interested in people, ideas, healing and humour. I am very happily married with three children and a kitten. As English born immigrants to Canada, we have family spread overseas, a daughter in South Africa and one in England. We also run a charity in South Africa to educate black, rural South African Women. Our first girl from a rural township has just graduated as an accountant from Johannesburg University and got a good job in a bank.
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  1. Pingback: Left Alone | Pathway through Pain – Journey to Joy

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