I am preparing for one of my “Healing through the Arts” workshops. The topic is Self Portraits which we will be making using both the computer and some basic drawing techniques of three dimensional shading.
When you are trying to get any form to look three dimensional, it must have a dark side and a light side. The merging of the dark and the light is what creates the realistic illusion.
The struggle with pain also has a dark and light side. The dark side is the reality of the ugliness, anger and disruption of life style caused by the presence of the pain. The light side is what we can individually control. And it is the middle ground between the light and the dark where there is the best life.
I know I have used some desperate techniques to try and ease my pain. I remember as a child pinching my hand as tightly as I could to inflict pain that took the focus off the pain I was feeling in my hips. Pretty crazy, but I was a kid, it just seemed like a good idea. And it worked.
Today we live in a much more educated society. We know a bit more about pain.
What kinds of mental tools do you use to control your pain?