Some Approaches to Physical Pain Through Meditation


Most of us experience physical pain at some point, due to injury or serious illness. Some people live with chronic pain which threatens their employment, their mobility, family life and relationships, mental health, or  even their wish to continue living.

In a small way, perhaps something here may help shift the kind of relationship with pain that exists, so that no matter the quality of physical sensation that arises, the freedom of life remains uncircumscribed.


Unlike the remainder of this page, am starting with a paid book because it is the best I have found: Heal Your Body, Free Your Mind.

The author Ramaji uses this technique, I have used it, I have taught it to others and it works quickly and effectively.


Meditation teacher Shinzen Young leads a guided meditation for pain (in three parts): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

He has an excellent article which has helped this author here: A Synopsis of Shinzen Young’s Book Break Through Pain


For an approach to pain through breath meditation.

Another pain article here.

The author wrote a pain article based on his experience of pain here.  


2017 is The Global Year Against Post-Surgical Pain ( some interesting pain control links on this page ) :


Some curious results concerning research into pain perception have come to light. These results suggest that pain has less to do with actual physical harm than with perception of harm by the brain.

Work of neurologist V.S. Ramachandran: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Specifically Fibromyalgia


Dr. John Sarno on back pain here.


Applied Pain Article here.


Dr. Lorimer Mosely on Pain: here, here and here.


These comments by meditators regarding their experiences of physical pain point in a similar direction:

Sometimes, when resistance ceases, the pain simply goes away or dwindles to an easily tolerable ache. At other times it remains, but the absence of any resistance brings about a way of feeling pain so unfamiliar as to be hard to describe. The pain is no longer problematic. I feel it, but there is no urge to get rid of it, for I have discovered that pain and the effort to be separate from it are the same thing. Wanting to get out of pain is the pain; it is not the “reaction” of the “I” distinct from the pain. When you discover this, the desire to escape “merges” into the pain itself and vanishes. Discounting aspirin for a moment, you cannot remove your head from a headaches you can remove your hand from a flame. “You” equals “head” equals “ache.” When you actually see that you are the pain, pain ceases to be a motive, for there is no one to be moved. It becomes, in the true sense, of no consequence. It hurts——period. ~Alan Watts

I had a kidney stone attack once. Said to be one of the most painful things you can experience. I went into deep meditation and fully embraced the sensation. Then it was seen visually as a white, glowing compact brick and it became quite interesting to investigate and didn’t “hurt” at all. It became a quite interesting sensation and the identification with it as “mine” just dropped. After just a few minutes of curiously investigating it it just dissolved. =) I’m bound to agree – pain is illusion. ~ Eva Charlotte Jonzon


Ken Malloy writes a blog about pain here./


Greg Goode has a pain meditation in his book THE DIRECT PATH : A User Guide, ps. 89 – 91 The book may be found here:

The photo is from here : Thanks to Fred Bluefox for this excellent photo !



  • This page is a work in progress, and will be updated .
  • The contents of this page are presented as observations and opinions which may provide a starting point for further investigation for readers inclined to investigate so they may look and see for themselves whether they find utility or not.
  • The subject material pertains to attention and perception; elements common to all of human experience, including meditation and physical pain.
  • The author is not a medical professional and does not provide medical advice. The results from meditative explorations vary from person to person. The author does not guarantee any particular outcome from the explorations presented here. Please consult a medical professional for medical advice. This material has not been reviewed by the FDA, or any other regulatory agency.


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Tagged: Pain, Pain meditation, Meditation, Pain Perception, Living with Pain, Working with Pain, Pain Level, Breakthrough Pain, Acute Pain, Chronic Pain

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