Fibromyalgia: Living in high alert

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are”, Anaïs Nin

One of the common sayings in Mindfulness Meditation is that thoughts are not facts. In the chronic pain clinics we are told that hurt does not necessarily mean harm. B.K.S Iyengar, a yoga master, says to think light and feel light. But what are we to do when we are in a state of high arousal, waiting for disaster to fall, whether it be in the form of new symptoms or the same old ones we have become accustomed to over these many years? How are we to reduce the amount of anxiety and /or trauma we live with everyday?

There are many strategies that one could employ but key is to keep watch over our breath. Breathing is key to meditation, yoga and living with chronic pain. A state of mind is crucial to living a life of ease (somewhat) in spite of the daily challenges we face with this condition of fibromyalgia. We are told to be vigilant about our breathing and it is well documented that we are people who hold our breaths when thoughts become fearful. It is our minds that are in need of reassurance that the worst is not to befall us.

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Fibromyalgia and gentle yoga

” Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured”, B.K.S.Iyengar

Many years ago I regularly attended Iyengar Yoga classes with a very talented Halifax  instructor, David Thomas.q87556745869_9936 I believe that it helped me keep up with regular activities and my professional career. For the past two decades I have not done yoga even though I knew that the benefits would sustain me as I grew older. I lacked discipline and the pain and fatigue has increased considerably since then. I have very little flexibility.

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