Gratitude Heals Chronic Pain

I did not say, “Cures Chronic Pain.” I have permanent incurable diseases however; I am healed more every day by the actions I take.

This morning I sat in my room. I slowly wrote down things I was grateful for. The first two were about friends I saw this week. You know, those soul sister friends that when you are with them all your aches and pains fall away in their joyful presence. I went back to our time together and saw them, felt them and soaked in the beautiful new memory.

I am grateful for the focus I have had the last few days to work on my book Learn How to Thrive with Chronic Pain. My attention can get easily interrupted with the stabs, jabs, and flares that interrupt my days, so I am delighted when I can move through this.

I am grateful for the false Fall we are having in Portland, OR. The leaves are changing colors, the grasses and plants are going to seed yet the afternoons are still around 80°. I stepped outside and breathed in all the smells of the late summer and early fall and felt my insides relax.

Much is written now about making time to be grateful. Remember to look around daily and see the world, not through the eyes of your pain, but wonder. Force yourself to write down three things each day until this becomes a practice that you look forward to. And notice how your body relaxes as you find joy all around you.


Gail Sinclair, Master Hypnotherapist, Certified Nutritional Consultant, & Karuna® Reiki Master Teacher, works diligently to teach others how to work through the 7 Stages of Chronic Pain and Learn How to Thrive™. She lives with Trigeminal & Occipital Neuralgia, Rheumatoid & Osteoarthritis, & Fibromyalgia and continues to learn tools to turn her attention away from the persistent pain of her body.

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