Apart from it being a highly unpleasant physical and emotional experience, pain is very useful in our day to day lives. It’s a message from our bodies (emotional and physical) that something is amiss.

Pain is your body/mind’s way of communicating to you, and asking you for attention. The first thing we usually do when we experience pain or discomfort is cry, scream or get frustrated at that part of ourselves. And why wouldn’t we? It’s stopping us from living the live we want to live, it’s holding us back, we can’t go ahead and stick to our so called ‘plans’ we made in life.

What I’m here to tell you is that the pain you may be experiencing isn’t “good” or “bad”. It is simply a message from your body. It’s a sign from the part of you that cannot verbalise that there is imbalance in your body and your mind. It’s like a little toddler who can’t speak yet, trying to communicate to you that he/she is uncomfortable and is not okay. That little toddler needs you to listen.

Deepak Chopra discovered the mind body connection back in the 90’s and was shunned from the Medical community. In fact, he was called ‘crazy’. Today, we know that our thoughts and emotions carry vibrations that impact our biochemical, cellular, and overall physiological state.

The mind-body connection happens on both a physical and chemical level. The brain is the hardware that allows you to experience mental states that are labeled the “mind.” This concept of the “mind” encompasses mental states including thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and emotions. Different mental states can positively or negatively affect biological functioning. This occurs since the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems share a common chemical language, which allows constant communication between the mind and body through messengers like hormones and neurotransmitters.
— Deepak Chopra

In essence, pain is a combination of the physical sensations you experience, the emotions you feel, and the meaning you assign to it.

When it comes to pain, there’s a lot more than meets the eye. If you’re suffering from physical pain, the physical symptom is only the tip of the iceberg. It’s vital that you look at the emotional and mental patterns that have been formed underneath the physical pain that have caused your body to respond in “pain”. In other words, find what is making that little toddler uncomfortable.

Pain is here to help you. If your body did not respond in pain, you wouldn’t think to look twice at the way you’re currently living life. Pain makes you reevaluate everything. And if you take a moment and listen to the great wisdom that is in your body, you might understand what it’s been trying to tell you all along. The most common messages being: “Rest”, “Change your path”, “Take care of yourself first”.

Pain has been nothing short of a blessing to my life. It’s caused me to reevaluate the way I wake up, sleep, eat, rest, communicate, think and act. The only thing unpleasant about it was the fact that it wasn’t part of my “plan”. But listening to the pain, and understanding that it’s more than physical discomfort, I now know that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be in life. And how is it that I know this? Because here is where I am.