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5 years ago  ::  Jul 27, 2009 - 10:32PM #1
sixth step phobia
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I recently had an experience of 10/10 pain that lasted about a week while in hospital


The first three days were the worst as they were reluctant to give me strong pain killers


During that time i had periods of almost mental breakdown (crying, rocking, begging and the like)


When i realized resistance was futile i tried meditating and accpting the pain and had periods of acceptance and space around the pain but then it would spike and i could not do it


Are there any zen stories around the phenomena of pain and the seemingly unavoidable suffering that the self endures???

Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought
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5 years ago  ::  Jul 28, 2009 - 7:55PM #2
RenGalskap
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SSP,

I don't know of any koans involving extreme pain. But thanks for reminding me that I'm human.
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4 years ago  ::  Nov 03, 2009 - 8:32PM #3
RenGalskap
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Someone recently told me that Uchiyama's book "How to Cook Your Life" contains a story about a serious foot infection that Uchiyama got during the post-war period in Japan. He had no access to medical care, so he had to deal with the pain without pain killers. He developed a meditation technique that did nothing for the pain, but reduced the suffering, if you get the distinction. He ends the story by saying that he'd be fooling himself if he thought that the experience prepared him for the next time he was in extreme pain.

Having experienced recurring pain myself, that sounds about right. Getting hit by a Mack truck doesn't prepare you for the next time the truck hits you.
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4 years ago  ::  Nov 09, 2009 - 6:03PM #4
sixth step phobia
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Its been four months now and i almost pain free again


One thing that is different and that i hope stays with me is the ability to appreciate a pain free body


Secondly it has alerted me to the unstable nature of the strucure that is my life and the inevitability of its demise


Thirdly that has rocketed me into a thirst for meditation as never before and i am having amazing results


Pain and suffering for me is the touchstone of spiritual growth, yet prolonged physical pain is just misery and morphine is an amazing creation 

Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought
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4 years ago  ::  Nov 10, 2009 - 1:17PM #5
RenGalskap
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Nov 9, 2009 -- 6:03PM, sixth step phobia wrote:

Its been four months now and i almost pain free again


I'm glad. :-)

Nov 9, 2009 -- 6:03PM, sixth step phobia wrote:

...morphine is an amazing creation


Truly.

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