PERSONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HEALING
When it hurts too much to meditate
wonderful. But sometimes, when the pain is too much, just doing
ordinary things might be all that you can manage. When that
happens, it's important to be able to let go of your meditation
practice, to not feel guilty about it, and to find out what helps you
to relax and brings you joy.
There was a period in my life when meditation practice was just too
difficult for me to do. I was full of despair. My body was
weak with nausea and lack of sleep. My mind only went round and
round, scratching the sore point, and I found sitting practice
excruciating. I knew that I needed to take my mind off of the
pain, because there was no way to think my way out of it.
What helped me was to focus on something else entirely - something that
was simple. In my case, that was typing. I had a lot of material that
interested me, and I thought it would be nice if it was retyped on my
computer and made into MS Word documents. Just keeping my mind on each
word as I typed them was very helpful.
I also found that taking walks and doing simple household chores was a
relief. By keeping my body moving, I was able to take my mind off
of the pain.
The other thing that helped me was reading children’s books that I
really connected with. The beauty and simplicity of the stories
gave me a warm and loving "home" to come back to. Slowly, my mind
was able to leave the cramped space it had been occupying and I
eventually was able to start to meditate again.
I hope you find this helpful.
- Irene Vliegenthart