READ - What Everyone Ought To Know About Getting Out Of Pain.

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“Growth demands a temporary surrender of security”

  • Gail Sheehy, World-renowned author.

Pain. It is a rare physical phenomena that affects most people in their lifetime yet hardly ever in the same capacity. It is an experience that can simultaneously link and segregate us as individuals. It is a puzzle that has many pieces and combinations however can often seem impossible to solve. Now pain often feels difficult to deal with because we try to rationalise it, drawing linear conclusions to a physical sensation that is multifaceted. We try to control our pain using methods such as medication and rest but all this accomplishes is the generation of chemical stress markers in our system. So the one thing everyone ought to know about getting out of pain as quickly as possible is to surrender to it.

The Notion Of Surrender in Pain Improvement.

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Judith Orloff, M.D. in her great TED talk “The ecstasy of surrender” changes the power structure of how people think about the idea of surrender. She explains that rather than being the standardised notion of weakness or giving up, surrender is the sensation of giving yourself wholly to something. She asks the question of people in the audience, “Are you able to back off and not torture yourself with self-doubt” & “Can you let enjoyment in”. Surrender is visualised as flow (think a moving river or African dance), allowing things to come as they may and being aware that we must accept the things we cannot change and actively impact the things we can in order to grow. This is a mindset that is missing in our treatment of the physical experience of pain, where we try to control a process that is individual to ourselves and has no precedence, making the process of pain removal hard to predict.

Why is Pain a Block to Surrender?

It is rationally understandable that we try to control our physical pain when we experience it. Generally pain is a feeling that limits us from being able to perform at our best within our family or vocational environment, therefore we want to get away from it as quickly as possible.  We take medicine, rest, avoid the situations that we feel will make the pain worse, attempting to control the factors that “cause” our pain.

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Photo by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash

The problem with this course of action is that each of us have an internal healing clock, a personalised timer as to how long our physical mind and body take to heal. This clock is based on our genetic makeup and while impacted by the external choices we make (the things we can control), is not solely affected by this. As a result our external expectation of how long we should be in pain for and our bodies internal healing clock can often be out of sync.

By not accepting that our pain is present and that our body will take the necessary time to get better, we end up with an “Internal Healing Imbalance”.  This leads us to self doubt when we are not improving as quickly as we “need” and an inability to enjoy life as we are not experiencing it as we intend. These two mental blocks have been significantly researched to increase the stress hormone Cortisol within our system. With the introduction of Cortisol, our internal healing clock is pushed backwards and we start the dreaded chronic pain process.

The Simple First Step to Getting Out Of Pain.

So to stop this pain cycle and get you back to functioning optimally as quickly as possible it is important to eliminate the “Internal Healing Imbalance”. The only way to do this is to surrender to your pain, understanding that it is preset and that it is your bodies way of informing you that you must regain physical and mental balance. By removing the negative questions that your pain creates (What is this stopping me from doing?, Damn this hurts…will it ever stop?) and replace them with positive affirmations of how you will eventually be better (I understand that this is my body telling me I’m not physically 100% and that is ok as this is only temporary).

By doing this, your brain will release positive healing chemicals such as Endorphins and Serotonin which will reduce the physical pain you experience. By changing your mindset about how long it “should take to heal” and surrendering to the fact that your body is the finest machine ever created, the factors you can control such as good nutrition, physical activity and rehabilitation will have a stronger effect.

For more information on “Positive Energy”, watch “The ecstasy of surrender” TED talk by Dr Judith Orloff (I am currently reading her book Positive Energy which has been transcribed into over 25 languages). I would love to hear your comments as to how a “surrender” mentality and positive mindset has helped you in the past so post below to share your energy with the community. Feel free to connect with me at if you want more personal guidance as to get out of pain and back into life. 

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