My Mindfulness Story – Creating Gratitude in Pain

The experience of pain comes in both physical and mental forms. In my experience, I have found that they connect and fuel each other. 

When I experience emotional pain, or stress – I physically get tenser, tighter. My arthritis flares up, my body aches, I feel the emotional pain in my body.

Similarly, when I experience physical pain, for example pulling a muscle in my neck, it sparks emotional pain of anxiety, frustration and stress. Once those enter my consciousness, my patience is shortened and suddenly I am struggling to show up as the best version of myself.

The best way to interrupt the negative spiral that comes with pain, is to be mindful when it arises and transform it by seeking gratitude.

Gratitude is a pain disruptor.

Even in the depths of pain and suffering, there is always something to connect to gratitude.

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

– Brene Brown

Recently I was thrown into deep emotional pain. I felt the weight of the world on my energetic heart and I knew that it would soon begin to drip into my physical body. 

So I paused. I shifted into gratitude for my mindfulness practices that have given way to awareness of the sensations of my mind and body. Even though many of the sensations are uncomfortable, like anxiety and sadness, they are a gift in reminding me that I am alive. 

I then shift into more gratitude for the simple things, clean air, food and water, clothing, shelter…

This focus led me out of fueling my emotional suffering. It interrupted the cycle and allowed me to be present and shift my energy.

The pain didn’t go away, not right away. But it didn’t get worse. This practice shortened the duration of my suffering and allowed me to recover more quickly to return to the demands of my life as a better version of myself.

And even for that, I am grateful.

“The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.”

-Zig Ziglar

If you are working on shifting your mindset into gratitude and practices of mindfulness, please reach out and schedule a consult call here so I can support you in your journey. 

It has taken me over a decade of dedicated practice, and a lifetime of learning to get to this point of practice. I don’t want you to have to wait or search that long. Let me support you.

I am just an email or direct message away! Email me at robinswellnest@gmail.com and connect with me on Facebook and Instagram.

With love and light,
Robin

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