3 thoughts on “Why Accepting Pain May Heal You: An Interview with Christopher Germer, Ph.D.

  • June 4, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    This is excellent advice and a common sense approach. I am not a scientist or a doctor, but I seem to remember reading that with physical pain, for example, the individual’s emotional response to the pain does effect the intensity of the pain itself. It makes complete sense that this would be the case when it comes to emotional pain.

    My own personal experience is that when I acknowledge an issue or problem in just a direct or non-judgemental way — IOW just sort of observe it and let it be — that this approach seems to work for me to take away the intensity or intractable nature of whatever difficulty I am experiencing. I also allow myself to be emotional rather than trying to shut down a seemingly negative feeling. This is sort of an ongoing practice that I am not always successful with. But I find that just trying to do it helps.

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  • June 5, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for this fascinating and helpful article.

    Part of the way through my reading this, I thought of Pema Chodron.I have learned from Pema Chodron to look right at fear rather than flee from it. So I am so tickled that you refer to her.

    I felt calmed and soothed just reading the self-compassion mantra. Thank you for that.

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  • June 7, 2010 at 4:16 am

    A new interesting article that has the same curious calming effect, like a balm, just through reading it and processing it in my system. Few writers have this special effect upon me and sometimes I wonder why! I Wonder if that is because my (un)subconscious mind is guided by peace or because the inkblot result was that and maybe I have my soul-mind open to that  Or maybe the authors have the same, conscious or /and subconscious, view of world. Anyway reading Elisha’s articles is like learning, step by step to accept myself more, with pain effects with all.
    Thank you.

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