Before getting started, I recommend the reading of The Divided Mind. It will elucidate some of the concepts covered here about emotion, pain and physical connections to our brains.
We left off on the last installment by posing some unanswered questions about how athletes can overcome physical pain that would put most of us in bed for rest of the day. Little is known about how they do it, but the more we can learn, the more we can benefit. While achieving athletic stardom may not be in the future of any of the readers of this blog, greatness can be.
Your own personal greatness can mean anything you want. If you suffer the combination of stress and back pain, your own greatness might be jogging.
If you have a demanding job or take on a lot of responsibilities in your family, at school or at work, TMS could affect you. It comes from unexpressed or repressed anger from the subconscious. I mention it, because it manifests in the way of pain when we try to do sports.
The obvious conclusion we draw is that the sport itself is responsible for the pain. If the sport is the cause, why don’t professional athletes get worse when they play through the pain?
As you probably guessed, the pain can be stopped by interfering with the way the mind sends pain signals to the body. It doesn’t matter what kind of pain it is. Tibetan monks do amazing things with their minds through their bodies. Master meditation experts have been known to have surgery without anesthesia because they know how to control pain. It’s all about emotions, observation and sensation.
Mastering pain is about mastering the brain. Learn more at mindbodyschool.com.