Understanding pain as an overprotective friend

Understanding pain as an overprotective friend

Let’s say you’re sightseeing at the Grand Canyon.  You are with a trusted friend enjoying a scenic overlook when notice your friend is walking a little bit too close to the edge of the cliff. “Hey, watch out!” you say.  You can see that no one else is standing that close to the edge.  Your [...]

Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system

Understanding pain as your body’s alarm system

In my experience, the key to learning to work with your pain instead of against it is to learn to view pain as your body’s alarm system. In the global North, most of us are privileged enough to have very little experience with pain.  As children, we only feel pain when we’re at the doctor’s [...]