Waking up in pain every day is, well, it’s a pain in the butt. When you add Consciousness-raising layers of activity to the mix then Waking Up with chronic pain can feel like your worst nightmare, because your range of triggers increases.
Track your triggers
Living with chronic pain, or a condition like fibromyalgia, makes you really good at noticing what makes it worse. You’ll know your triggers intimately, and they are usually things like food, temperature, situations, people, activities and environments.
You’ll note your triggers and avoid them. Or you’ll notice, then make considered choices, because let’s face it: you’d still like to have a life!
Some things go unnoticed however, like changes in the energy field that surrounds and permeates the body. These more subtle triggers can include other people’s moods and energy, certain situations, the moon cycle, planetary alignments, even the changes in seasons.
What goes on here has a major impact on your body because they are often the secret cause of the mysterious flare ups that seem to come out of nowhere.
So, it’s a good idea to expand your radar, and start noticing things just outside your usual sphere of awareness, so that you can detect the patterns, choose your tactic and avoid or manage any likely fallout.
Expand your awareness
The expansion of awareness is what Spiritual circles call Waking Up. It’s a growing understanding that you are more than what you think you are, and that we are all interconnected and part of something bigger. That’s why one of the fundamentals of self-care is the self-realisation that you are a Soul having a human, bodily experience.
Waking Up is a two-edged sword when it comes to living with chronic pain. The more “awake” you are, the more sensitive you become, and the more likely you are to feel changes in the energy field as pain or fatigue in your body.
If you think you can avoid this by not becoming aware, think again. Waking up is no longer a choice; it’s something every human on the planet is being pushed into on many different levels. So, if you have really struggled this year, this is part of the reason why.
2020 has slammed into the collective consciousness with biggest Wake Up Call humanity has ever received, and we are all reeling. Waves of planetary energy have been pushing all of us to release old patterns, to step up our level of personal responsibility, and to up-level our awareness. We are being asked to raise our vibration and become conscious, responsible, mindful beings.
For people with chronic pain and fibromyalgia, this feels a lot like you’re stuck in the ring with Mohammed Ali. You almost recover from one blow and the next one has already landed, leaving you wondering what’s happened to all the good work you’ve done over the years to achieve a point of balance.
So, here are my suggestions for how to get yourself out of the ring and to a quiet breathing space.
4 tips for Waking Up with Chronic Pain
1. Release fear
Fear stimulates the stress response which in turn increases inflammation levels in the in the body (among other things) and amplifies pain. So, let go of fear as much as you can. Easy to say, hard to do, I know.
Also, the antidote to fear is love. Learning to cultivate space between what you perceive is happening and responding, gives you opportunity to choose how you want to respond.
Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools to develop this skill.
2. Stop resisting
Resistance blocks the flow of energy. In the body this causes stagnation and pain. But it also causes mood and emotional disturbances because we stubbornly hold on or refuse to change. This year is all about change, on so many levels. To reduce your pain, ask yourself:
- Why am I unwilling to change?
- How am I holding myself still?
- Where do I need to invite movement into my life?
Breath, relax, and go with the flow.
3. Learn to surrender
How do we surrender? Just let go, right? But how do you actually do that? Start, by being deeply honest with yourself. Acknowledge your own human limitations and vulnerabilities. Be realistic about your responsibilities too. What is truly yours? What are you carrying for someone else? What are you expecting someone else to carry for you? Diving into self-understanding creates spaciousness within you which in turns invites the energy of the Universe to flow through and with you, because you have developed a change in perspective that empowers you to trust.
As awareness grows your ability to stay present in the moment increases. Rest in the moment and just be, without judgement, expectation, or need to “make” something happen.
4. Have clear, honest intentions
This is the year where personal truth and the ability to discern truth both within yourself and around you has become a necessity. You’re called on to be really clear about your intentions and your motivations, because with all the change and upgrades going on, what you intend brings almost instantaneous results. The gap between thought, intention and manifestation has closed. So, be clear within yourself so that you are completely clear without.