Can Mindfulness Meditation Really Reduce Pain and Suffering?

painPeople with chronic pain and illness experience incessant pain. Moving hurts, ignoring it hurts, doing nothing hurts, everything hurts. Even taking the maximum dose of painkillers doesn’t take away the pain. The mind begins to suffer with questions, desperation, and uncertainty. It can add to the sensations of pain.

Mindfulness meditation is a novel way of fighting chronic pain and illness. Clinical studies have shown that meditation reduces chronic pain by as much as 57 to 90 percent. It soothes the patterns of pain within the brain reducing the intensity of pain.

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