Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of The Pain Companion to review. The opinions below are completely my own. I am not being paid for writing this review.
The Pain Companion
The Pain Companion: everyday wisdom for living with and moving beyond chronic pain by Sarah Anne Shockley is a thoughtful and eye-opening book for anyone suffering with chronic pain. I found many of her insights equally relevant for those of us suffering from other chronic illnesses as well.
Sarah divides her book into four parts:
Part 1: Pain Moves In
Part 2: The Emotional Life of Chronic Pain
Part 3: Meditative Approaches to Physical Pain
Part 4: When Pain Is The Teacher
Things That Resonated With Me
In Part 1, Sarah talks about her journey with severe pain since 2007. She relates about how pain moves in, and appears to take control of everything.
Part 2 discusses all the emotions that pain brings with it. But it’s in Part 3 where Sarah’s novel approach to pain comes to life. She developed 11 meditative exercises to help her cope with her pain, and learn from it. She credits these meditations with reducing her physical pain more than any other treatments.
I was reminded of Lamaze classes (childbirth preparation) with some of these meditations. Her focus is one of changing the way we relate to our pain, and being kind to ourselves and our bodies.
Since pain lets us know when something is wrong with our bodies, it can teach us what we need to feel better. This is the basis for Part 4, that pain can teach us many valuable things.
There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this book, that I cannot possibly share them all with you. In fact, it’s so good that I will be adding this book to my list of Pain Resources. If you live with chronic pain, check out the author’s page here:
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