Natural pain relief is in the mind
Whether it is dull, aching or sharp, pain offers a reminder that it is time to face what you have not yet faced. These unresolved memories are what we refer to in Yoga as samskara. Samskara are stored in your body, creating a disruption of prana flow (see part 1 in our series on Ayurvedic pain relief: The role of prana), which results in physical and mental weakness. The places where samskara are stored is where pain arises.
The sensation of pain is a reminder of your true purpose in life -- to grow as a spirit by fully experiencing all parts of your life, good and bad. When you take on another person’s truth as your own, compromise your path or live against your nature, it will have an effect on some part of your life.
Samaskara can be obvious and easy to work through, or sometimes it can be challenging. If your life has been filtered through unresolved memories for a long time, you may not be aware of their existence except on the subtle, energetic realms where prana exists. Eventually the accumulation will catch up to you, whether through the physical sensation of pain or a dull numbness to life that leaves you wanting something else.
A meditation to relieve pain
One of the tools that inspired our Yoga student to remove her corset is our Intuitive Energy Practice. She learned three simple tools to use during meditation that allow her to release samskara and open up to who she really is. You can find a free download of the basic tools here, as well as several guided meditations that go deeper in the practice. The technique is simple and made up of three components:
- Ground into your body. Create an energetic cord from your first chakra (at the base of your spine) all the way to the center of the earth. Allow this grounding cord to anchor you in your physical body as you use the healing power of the earth to release.
- Release with a rose. Imagine a rose just beyond arm’s length in front of you and allow it to be sticky in nature. Bring the rose into your aura and through the chakras and body, collecting anything that is causing you pain, whether it is physical or mental. When it is full, destroy the rose by tossing a bomb at it or lighting a match beneath it until it is fully dispersed.
- Fill up with a gold sun. Visualize a ball of healing golden light above your head. Set an intention for this energy, whether it is awareness, connection, or truth, and bring this golden sun in through your crown chakra and into all parts of your body and aura. Feel the nourishment filling up every part of you, especially those areas where you just released.
When the pain is coming from a samskara that has many layers in your body, it can take some time to get to the root. Use these tools during meditation to tune in to the emotions you are experiencing. Allow what you are feeling to flow through you and not stick. It can come and go easily when you let it. Remember that your emotions are not who you are, they are merely a movement of energy. Experience your emotions, but don’t let them define your experience. Be an observer and notice what comes up and allow it to release.