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Mindfulness, CBT and ACT for Chronic Pain

Always helpful, often necessary, but rarely sufficient
 

I have procrastinated in writing this blog.  It has taken me some time to come to a clear understanding of the role of mindfulness for people with chronic painful conditions.  I have struggled to align my belief in the power and usefulness of mindfulness in general with the results from experience and research on the actual effects of mindfulness when applied to individuals with chronic pain

The practice of mindfulness changed my life in the 1990s in many substantial ways.  It opened up doors to a better understanding of myself and the world around me.  When I became a teacher of mindfulness meditation in 1999, I was excited to be able to help others discover the value in sitting with an open, non-judging, and loving mind.  Given that the application of these ancient concepts had been so meaningful and useful to me, I assumed others would find similar results.  These assumptions proved to be correct.  People who took my mindfulness classes uniformly found it to be helpful, on a scale from moderately useful in coping with the stresses of life, to utterly life changing. 

Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/unlearn-your-pain/201412/mindfulness-cbt-and-act-chronic-pain


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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.

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With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

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Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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