Mindfulness and Chronic Pain

By | December 3, 2011

Mindfulness and meditation do not require removal to the Ashram. In the coming year we will prove that it can be a useful part of modern western life.

Mindfulness is an integral part of traditional Buddhist practice. It emphasizes controlling the thoughts we dwell on, eliminating the baser thoughts such as anger and greed and concentrating on the peaceful and productive integration of our minds, bodies and environments. In the last couple of blogs we have explored the potential relationships between painful stimuli and conscious perception. Several modern proponents of mindfulness among them Dennis Lewis have spoken about the potential for controlling certain physical and psychological problems such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorders. While not currently a major part of our yoga practice, we hope to introduce mindfulness groups into our practice in the coming year.

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