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Our co-host, Jennifer, talks today about dealing with chronic back pain and how it affects her outlook and ability to be either proactive or reactive to life’s events.
(Her situation takes an interesting twist which will be revealed in a future podcast.)
The four Immeasurables are reviewed along with the power of humility.
She shares her increased empathy for those from her past who lived with chronic pain.
Chronic pain sucks the energy out of a person.
The corrosive effect of the six realms of reactivity (rage, greed, instinct, desire, jealousy, and pride) inhibits being joyful especially with jealousy, e.g., “Why can’t I have a better life like that other person?”
The use of a meditation technique, tonglin, to help dissolve reactivity is explained. It opens a door to being joyful by letting go of watching others and comparing. Loving-kindness can be restored. Energy is also saved, energy that can be distributed in a positive way.
The question surfaced, “How can we show others what works for us in terms of mindfulness?” We just look for the opportunity without forcing it upon others. Jennifer relates it to her consulting work in conflict resolution.
Working in this way helps one get out of their head and reduce suffering.
The challenges associated with push-back being generated by someone choosing to stay stuck are discussed. There is only so much we can do.
For ourselves, when we practice tonglin are acuity increases. We see more and are more present, even if the other person is resisting. We become free to just be ourselves.
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