Relaxing into Pain

This week I am discussing one of my favorite subjects when it comes to the borders of athletic endeavor - relaxing into pain.
Relaxing into Pain

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In this episode I am covering some of the key aspects around pain, discomfort and our relationship to managing it, including:

  • Our relationship to pain.
  • Pain is a tag we learnt from our parents.
  • Our judgment of pain.
  • Pain, is it felt or thought?
  • The practice of using awareness to become the conduit of pain, not the victim of it.
  • The practice of relaxing into pain.
  • The practice and the transmuting power of allowing discomfort, challenge and pain to be as it is.
  • The role acceptance of pain can play in finding flow.
  • Finding your solid ground from which to perform.

If you want pain and discomfort to cease then you first need to let go of it. We spend an inordinate amount of time judging ourselves to be the victim of it, when in fact, we make it so because we think that way.

We divide pain into likes and dislikes. We judge it so intensely that we don't give it the opportunity to flow though, like all energy, it comes and goes. In order to find flow and alignment with an athletic process you have to accept it as it is, the second you find yourself in resistance is the second you find yourself out of flow, you are no longer in your process, you are standing outside of it in judgment, you move out of the present moment and into past and future.

If we want to learn how to connect the dots of athletic process to its best effect, we need to explore the way we think and the damage it does, bearing in mind that most of what happens to us that separates us from our process is largely unconscious thinking patterns, its been going on for so long that we are not aware of it. Its an old program paradigm that needs an upgrade.

If you want the best from yourself then explore the parts of yourself that are most triggered or challenged.

There are not many things that challenge or trigger athletes like pain and discomfort.