"And when I base my pain management on my spiritual life and in God, the coming together of physical practice, mental ease and spiritual depth results in much more than just managing of pain: it results in a better quality of life, and, I pray, makes me a better person."
That is a sentence from a previous post. I repeat it now because it's a nice segue to today's post. A few days after writing that sentence, I found myself commenting, on the blog of a friend, that I may not be working or accomplishing much because of the almost-constant migraine pain, but I can still strive to become a better person.
My spiritual life has always been about making me a more loving, joyful and peaceful person, regardless of my life circumstance. Why shouldn't pain management be about that, too? It's not that much of a leap, especially with Eckhart Tolle's help.
The best way I can think to explain what I mean is by a kind of rough syllogism:
- Love and joy are "inseparable from your natural state of inner connectedness with Being." ("The Power of Now", Tolle, page 29)
- Pain management that is based in spirituality brings me to my inner connectedness with Being.
- Therefore, pain management is about love and joy.
And that is how I become a better person through managing my pain: I become more loving, more joyful as I begin to feel that I am inseparable from Being, from the Divine.
Notice that none of this is about thinking. We cannot think our way into connectedness with God. Tolle says that love, joy and peace arise from beyond the mind (page 29), and so the mind has no power to bring us to that state of inner connectedness to God.
No more can I think my way into pain management. My mind wants to wail about missing that party or fume about yet another day stuck indoors with the blindfold on. It's human to think like this, but that excuse quickly wears thin as pain perpetuates itself. Maybe it's human, and understandable, but it's also counter-productive.
Speaking of pain, this migraine is bothering me. It's time to practice what I preach. I'll continue these thoughts in my next post.
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