I was reminded today that focusing on pain is easy.
While oftentimes focusing on feeling good takes more effort.
Probably because pain makes noise! But isn’t it ironic that 9/10’s of our body might feel just fine, even good, and yet that one muscle or nerve that is causing a pain signal to be occurring in our brain jumps to center stage of our awareness and has a spotlight on it! Or, most things in our world might be humming along well, but that one issue with that one child for instance, might be crowding out our awareness of all else.
The problem is that by focusing on the pain or the problem, we can create more of it.
Our muscles tighten, blood flow is restricted we fatigue and often the pain intensifies. Or, we get so focused on correcting a behavior problem that we don’t draw attention to what behaviors are adding joy to the family!
So here’s a challenge:
Every time you become aware of pain in your body or realize that you are feeling overly frustrated or challenged, gently turn your attention to what is feeling good, what is working well, or something about which you feel calm and confident.
And for a few seconds, 30 might be a good goal, focus on those things by thinking deeply about them and the ways they make life enjoyable and meaningful for you.
Of course, take care to do what you can to alleviate what may be wrong and get the help you or someone else may need.
But consider the power of intentionally shifting focus, even for a few seconds, to build more awareness of all that is right, and thereby grow a feeling of wellness and strength.
I am amazed by you! You are a force for good!