Rather than tell you why – the research is so clear on this – I would like to explore a “how” with you.
Here is a simple sequence you can follow anytime, wherever you may be.
Allow your eyes to close gently.
Center your attention on your breathing.
Now move your awareness to the part of your body or the thought(s) in your mind where there is discomfort.
Rest there. In peace. Gently notice what is there. Allow whatever you find to be what it is. Let it be. No fight. No struggle, be as curious as you can be.
Continue being with your breath. I use the term “being with,” as a way to gentle your focus. A gentle attendance will help your patient self come to your bodymind.
We are so wired and trained to react strongly and to want instant relief. It might be inconceivable that just listening to your bodymind could have any effect but it can be instant!
Breathe into and through the pain or mind worm as if this were the place where the breath actually enters and leaves your body.
Quietly and without force direct these phrases to your area of pain.
“I welcome you into my heart.”
“I accept you.”
“I care about this pain. I welcome you into my heart.”
“I accept what is happening right now.”
“May I be free from fear, may I be happy just where I am, may I be peaceful with what is happening.”
Allow the feelings of lovingkindness and compassion to flood your body and enrich your aura. Keep breathing, let all thoughts have compassionate attention.
There is great love in us all.