Pain Relief

Mindfulness for Physical PainMindfulness for Pain Relief (5 weeks)

This specialty 5-week course is specifically focused on developing your inner resources for dealing with physical pain. We’ll be covering simple and effective techniques drawn from Zen and other East Asian traditions that will assist you in dealing with physical pain and the stress and difficult emotions associated with it. This course is not meant to be a replacement for any pain medication or pain treatment that you are currently taking. There is, however, a large body of research and testimonials which suggest that mindfulness practice, when it is used as a complement to modern medicine, can be a tremendously beneficial form of working with physical pain. This course is geared towards anyone interested in personally managing physical pain and to anyone generally interested in the subject of mindfulness and pain. 

Next Course on Physical Pain Relief: TBD

Mindfulness for Physical Pain - May and June - blue cliff zen center, eugene oregon

Details – Mindfulness for Pain Relief

Dates: TBD

Place: Eugene Friends Meeting House

Cost: $185 – no one turned away

Register: or 541-543-5049

Topics – Mindfulness for Pain Relief

Over the course of the 5 weeks we’ll be exploring a variety of topics including:

  • Ways of working with and perceiving physical pain

  • Techniques for dealing with difficult emotions, recurring story lines, and negative self-image associated with physical pain

  • Impermanence

  • Recent research on mindfulness and physical pain

The meditation techniques we cover include:

  • Deep Relaxation

  • A Zen Body Scan

  • Mindfulness of the Breath

  • Self-Compassion Practices (‘Kindfulness’)

  • Mindful Movement and Walking Meditation

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