Suppressing pain techniques

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Nwad
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Re: Suppressing pain techniques

Post by Nwad » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:28 am

Pain may be a very good support for satipatthana on feelings... If you undertand and see it well, when any other feeling arise you see that there is same qualities as pain but less intensive, so you stop interpret them as plesent or inplesent but just as they are...

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Re: Suppressing pain techniques

Post by Saengnapha » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:39 am

Nwad wrote:
Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:28 am
Pain may be a very good support for satipatthana on feelings... If you undertand and see it well, when any other feeling arise you see that there is same qualities as pain but less intensive, so you stop interpret them as plesent or inplesent but just as they are...
If pain weren't happening to you, there would be no pain. All these feelings are 'yours'. No manipulation is going to stop pain permanently. Old age is mostly pain. You can't divorce yourself from pain. Trying to do this is ultimately futile. It is part of the overall experience of the senses, the body. Separating ourselves from pain via the thinking process is divisive, you and pain. Choosing to separate is the problem, not the pain.

When an animal is in pain, they usually stop what they are doing, take a relaxed position. They allow the natural processes of the body to do its work without the interference of thought and manipulation. We can learn something from this. Pain represents something to be avoided. Animals don't avoid pain like people. They don't build up defense systems in their minds and all kinds of strategies to deal with it. They don't run to the doctor, either. I am not suggesting to not take medicine or not alleviate pain in some fashion if you must. It is a way of looking at pain that I'm suggesting and how we try to fight/avoid it.

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