To summarize, essentially you are learning three skills:
1. Moving towards the pain with a kindly, gentle attitude, experiencing it as moment-by-moment changing sensations.
2. Then broadening out awareness of the moment to include and embrace pleasurable dimensions as well.
3. On the basis of this broad, rich and more spacious experience of the moment making choices about how you respond to what you encounter. Learning to ‘respond’ rather than ‘react’. This can enrich your experience of life enormously, even when living with pain/illness.
Vidyamala is a co-founder and director of Breathworks, a company offering ‘mindfulness-based strategies for living well’.
She runs courses in Manchester UK for people suffering from chronic pain and illness, teaching them how to optimize quality of life using meditation and other mindfulness-based strategies. She also is involved in running a training program for those wishing to deliver the Breathworks programme in other localities.
She suffered a spinal injury in 1976 and has used meditation and mindfulness to manage her own chronic pain for many years.
Vidyamala’s CDs of guided meditations — developed as part of her Breathworks pain management program — are available for sale in our online store.