If we are in pain or
suffering it is because we are not aware. When we ignore or
suppress pain or suffering in our body, it doesn’t go away.
Instead, it becomes stronger and deeper. Next time you are in
pain, try this. Attend to the pain by placing all your attention
on the part of the body where the pain seems to be.
Do not use the word pain as
you understand its meaning while doing this. Do not let your
judgment of what pain is, affect your attention. Express love
and gratitude for the part of the body, affected by pain. You
will notice a shift in your thought pattern and emotions. You
will see that gradually and totally your being becomes
transformed. You will see that the paining body, which is the
gap between the physical body and the mental body, totally
Your body may still feel
the pain, but there will be no suffering! Whenever our suffering
is attended to whenever our depression is attended to, we can
immediately see that it disappears. In all cases, it will
lessen. If we don’t attend to it, the pain becomes stronger
and deeper. Meditation upon pain can remove the suffering.
Doctors, especially oncologists, tell me that meditation
techniques have worked miracles in pain management.
When we consciously create
our awareness, attention and presence on the place where there
is pain, the pain will disappear. Pain is nothing but
unawareness. Centre your attention on the place of pain, create
awareness of the pain, acknowledge the pain, and create a
conscious presence for the pain.
Creating awareness to your
body and to your pain, is another way of living ‘now’ and
‘here.’ Every time we live in a fast-phased life when we
have no time to pause between moments, or even tasks, and bring
ourselves into present, we are not living in the moment. We kill
the moment instead of living it. When we think of the past or
the future, we kill the next moment and the next. We are killing
the moments as we live now As long as we don’t live now and
here, we do not live in the present moment. We kill the moment.
We kill life. We don’t live it. When we come to now, here, we
start living life. We start enjoying life. Unless we come to now
and here we can’t enjoy our whole mind. We will only live life
as a dead and dull mechanism. Being in the moment, living in now
here makes you alive and gives you a living.
Live here, now –now,
here, or nowhere. If we cannot and if we don’t live now, here,
we will reach nowhere. We will be nowhere.
By PARAMAHAMSA SRI NITHYANANDA