Benefits: Gain an understanding of your pain-body.
So That You Can: Recognize it and take charge of your emotional health.
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Take Charge of Your Emotional Health:
A No Nonsense Approach
How much time do you spend focusing on your emotional health? Probably little to none, right?
Let’s face it, our society doesn’t promote emotional health very well. We receive countless messages every day encouraging us to focus on our fiscal health and our physical health, but where are the messages encouraging us to focus on our emotional health? Well, here’s one for ya! 😉
That’s exactly what we’re going to focus on today. Specifically, the one concept that may be the key to taking charge of your emotional health. A concept that you’ve likely never heard of. A concept that has the power to alter your reality in such a way that you’ll feel empowered to start living the fulfilling life you were meant to live.
Chances are, your reality is being controlled by habitual thoughts that are detrimental to your emotional health. For example, maybe you:
- Jump to conclusions about how events are going to unfold and about what people are thinking.
- Needlessly blame yourself for everything that goes wrong in your life and in the lives of the people in your circle.
- Catastrophize every perceived problem in your life and blow them out of proportion.
- Put unreasonable demands on yourself by thinking, “I should do this” or “I must do that.”
- Compare yourself to others and simultaneously magnify their positive attributes while minimizing your own.
Are any of these thoughts resonating with you? And, can you see how these habitual thoughts would prevent you from taking charge of your emotional health? Yes? Then let’s keep going.
A Reality-Altering Concept
You have a pain-body, and this pain-body changes your view of reality. It affects how you react to situations, how you treat people, and how you treat yourself.
Your pain-body causes you to act out of character. It pushes you to form opinions of people who you don’t even know. And, it keeps all the negative stories you’ve created about yourself alive — that you’re not strong enough, that you have nothing of value to add, or that you don’t deserve a life better than the one you’re living.
What’s your pain-body’s MO? Well, believe it or not, your pain-body is trying to protect you from feeling pain. But, in the process, it ends up stunting your emotional health, which is why we need to gain an understanding of this concept — of the pain-body — before we can take charge of our emotional health.
Today, we’ll gain this understanding by discussing:
- What your pain-body is,
- How to recognize it, and
- Finally, some actionable steps that will empower you to take charge of it (and, in turn, your emotional health).
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Your Emotional Baggage
You’ve probably heard this term before, right? It’s synonymous with pain-body — pain-body just sounds a bit more sophisticated. 😉
Pain-body is a term coined by the spiritual teacher, Eckart Tolle, who describes the pain-body as:
The remnants of pain left behind by every strong negative emotion that is not fully faced, accepted, and then let go of [that] join together to form an energy field that lives in the very cells of your body. . . . The energy field of old but still very-much-alive emotion that lives in almost every human being is the pain-body.
Tolle goes on to describe your pain-body as a separate entity dwelling inside your body. You can observe it; so it’s not you. It’s something separate that weasels its way into your subconsciousness and does its best to become part of your identity.
Why would your pain-body want to become part of your identity?
Your Pain-Body is a Misguided Threat
Recognize Your Pain-Body
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Sources & Inspiration
A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle, Penguin Books
Witnessing the pain-body & What It Can Teach Us, posted to YouTube by Eckhart Tolle on 3.04.20
How to Identify & and Stop Your Pain-Body | A New Earth | Oprah Winfrey Network, posted to YouTube by OWN on 4.27.14
The pain-body, posted to YouTube by Authentic Self Growth on 8.26.19
Shadow Work & The Emotional pain-body, posted to YouTube by Candace van Dell on 1.20.20
Dealing with the Emotional pain-body (Part 1), posted to YouTube by Candace van Dell on 9.14.17
Eckhart Tolle Concept of the pain-body Explained, posted to YouTube by Dr. David Maloney Psychotherapy on 5.23.19
The pain-body: The Hidden Secret Behind Self Realization, posted to YouTube by Kim Eng on 8.21.19
10 Unhelpful Thinking Styles Sabotaging Your Success, Adam Sicinski, IQ Matrix
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