Pain Meditation

A half-day workshop by Saara Rei

Photo by Tamandua

We all live with pain.
Pain can be a useful tool for recognizing physical and emotional limits, as well as an indication of a need for attention.
Pain can also be stifling, forming barriers that are no longer needed.

While the process of determining one’s own relationship to pain is incredibly complex and individual, the ability to recognize, face, and accept pain is necessary for determining its nature and appropriate resolution.

In this workshop, we will reflect on our own personal relationship to pain, both before and after being guided through a ritualistic sitting meditation, where we will use clothing pins to induce small amounts of pain on our own bodies. The pain brings a focus point for the meditation: when we are truly present, we cannot suffer. As suffering is a product of comparing our present state with a past or future state that is perceived as better. The clothing pins serve as our metaphor: we bring presence to the pain they induce through meditation with the intention of gaining new insights on how to recognize, breath through, and move past the pain in our lives.

This is a very individual journey, with very little physical interaction among participants. The purpose of the group is to support each other through this process through words and holding space for each others’ processes.

If you are interested in booking this workshop in a part of the world near you, then please send an email.