When we are unhappy with how things are, we may think about how we can change that situation.  For example if we feel lonely, we may join a club or group to meet new people.  Some situations cannot necessarily be changed in this way, for example when we are living with chronic pain;  a long-term health condition; or cancer which is not responding to treatment.  In these circumstances, when suffering is unavoidable,  we may be challenged to change ourselves- our attitude towards this suffering, to see a meaning within it.  This shift in attitude, an acceptance of it, can help us to live more fully with our suffering.  I have chronic back pain, with my acceptance of it I learnt to work within my bodily limitations rather than go beyond them and I am now physically able to do more and my experience of pain has decreased.  The meaning I attributed to my back pain was that I was doing so much I needed to stop and take care of myself, and the only way I could see that was by my body forcing me to stop, due to pain.  I learnt that in changing myself (my attitude) I changed my world and for the better.  If you too would like to learn how to manage your pain or long-term health condition, make an appointment with Kim-and you may get your life back too!

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