Meeting Chronic Pain with Mindfulness
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Many of the people who experience ongoing chronic pain also report feeling anxious or depressed some or most of the time. This is because pain is associated with not only with the physical sensation of pain but also the emotional and social response to it. Since the mind and body are connected, they effect each other in such as way that physical pain can be made worse when the mind responds with judgement, tension, avoidance, and rumination about the past or future. A large portion of our experience of pain is effected by our perception and thoughts about the pain itself. Our experience of pain can be significantly altered by adjusting our attitude towards it. There is an increasing body of research demonstrating that incorporating mindfulness practices into the treatment of chronic pain can reduce the negative effect it has on the person experiencing it. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, initially developed his 8-week program for patients with chronic pain conditions. He found that when the patients were able to uncouple their responses to pain from the actual sensations, they suffered less and their overall quality of life improved.
During this workshop we will learn a variety of mindfulness skills to help reduce the effects of chronic pain. The workshop is designed to be hands-on and experiential so that you will walk away with practical tools that you can start implementing right away.
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