Got Body Pain?
By Sura Kim • December 9th, 2012 • 5829 Views
What it Means and What You Can Do
Oftentimes, people tend to relate to their body as a separate entity. “This thing” that Ram Dass amusingly describes as “the spacesuit we were made to wear at birth.” An awkward, sometimes uncomfortable and uncontrollable “body suit” that we feel disconnected to. When people say “mind-body-spirit,” it’s as though they speak about them as three separate entities, when in reality they are all are one, each reflecting the other perfectly.
Learning to turn up the voice of the body is invaluable. One of the biggest ways your body will speak to you is through pain. It is your body’s way of telling saying that there’s a problem. In other words, “you need to make a change.” It could be less stress, a lifestyle change, or perhaps a shift in perspective. Too often people think, “I don’t have the time and money,” or perhaps they don’t know how to deal with their pain. Many people chose to ignore their pain, but choosing to live in a semi-state of denial can cost you in the long run. It’s your health. Pain is a symptom that something is out of balance.
Caroline Myss says that your “your biology is your biography.” All of your life experiences, including your traumas, unresolved issues and feelings are recorded and stored in your body. It’s a big memory bank. In Chinese medicine, disease is often seen as a result of emotional imbalance. Past emotions or experiences that haven’t been fully resolved can get stuck in the body, leading to tension or blockage, and potentially disease. While there can be many causes of cancer, a primary culprit could very well be, blocked emotions.
Opening the meridians and channels of the body through acupuncture lets the “qi” or life force energy through the body. Qi flow and balance creates true health. In yoga, when people stretch open a part of their body, it can also open a past emotional trauma, and a big release happens. It’s not uncommon to feel intense emotions or cry in deep poses. This release is very healthy and keeps the energy flowing in the body system.
Eckhart Tolle refers to the “pain-body” as synonymous with the ego, saying that we experience pain when we resist the present moment. He describes the pain body as the culmination of your childhood pain and trauma, an...