Pain Paradox: My take

“Nothings needs to be forced to stop, or change, or go away.”

How true!

Chronic pain is a different animal than acute pain. It is a constant companion originating from the same area.

I describe it as broken. My spinal cord is constantly sending signals of danger to my brain. Like a short in the electrical system.

I gained my relief from two practices, Mindfulness and aerobic exercise close to exhaustion.

Both of these tools move right into the center of chronic pain.

You can not be afraid of your pain or it will own you.

Avoiding everything that may cause pain is a recipe for suffering.

Mindfulness takes my breath and focus into the center of my pain region. The trick is to observe, relax and accept, not judge.

Being a former professional athlete, aerobic exercise in the face of pain had familiarity.

I would hike away from my house, up hills until the pain was intense, then with my music turned up and breath focused, I would walk another 20 minutes.


Within three weeks my chronic pain began to compress, lose power and even subside when I was intently focused on something.

If you get to the point where chronic pain fluctuates in intensity, you know you can impact its control.


Intense aerobic exercise secretes endorphins, powerful natural opioids.

I named my pain Mr. “P”, so I could battle an entity while exercising.


Pain is like the air, invisible but powerful. Hard to see another’s pain.

Mindfulness allowed me to accept my pain and then give it no energy, no thought, no judgment.


Our thoughts and judgments will decide if we suffer.


I have chronic pain, I do not suffer.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by jeanetteirene on March 5, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    This article on chronic pain is great. I am lucky to not experience chronic physical pain, however, my PTSD emotional pain has been a lifelong companion. Yet in these last years, while working intensely on healing it, I found aquarobics to be my first stepping stone out of PTSD chronic pain. I also was introduced to mindfulness practice as I was healing from being addicted to opiates, after a severe injury a month after my spouse died. Mindfulness played a key piece in recovery. Later, I added bike riding to my routine. I appreciate Marty’s share in this phenomena in dealing with pain, and I believe it works for both physical and emotional pains. Thank you Marty.

    Jeanette Orme, author of
    “Journey to a Safe Harbor, a Mind, Body, Spiritual Healing of Loss, Addiction and PTSD”

  2. I find that chronic, unremitting pain is the worst thing in the world. Those times tend to make me more suicidal than any other time.

  3. Very nice Jeanette

    Your journey is inspirational

  4. I was in a chronic pain group of 15 for about 7 months.
    Those who thought their pain was powerful, suffered and lived a victims existence.

    Pain is not emotional, actually it is neutral.

    We believe it is evil and despicable

    Took me a while to understand my relationship with pain

    We can change our relationship with pain

    Describing your pain as the worst thing in the world bestows great power on it

    Maybe examine that relationship

    I felt like that in the beginning

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