On Spirituality

While on vacation, I am finishing Abraham Twerski’s book, “On Spirituality”.
It seems clear to me that a major component to reducing chronic pain is ones abity to find meaning and purpose in life.
Martin Seligman has done much research to prove that having lots of money is not a significant factor to attain happiness. Of course, we need to take into account that one requires basic needs met, like food, clothing and shelter. But beyond that? Having much wealth can even contribute to ones chronic pain. I’ve read about this for those who’ve won the lottery and have experienced it with financially wealthy patienrs in my clinical practice since 1978
Both authors note that other factors like expressing gratitude (for Twerski, it is “barochot” or blessings in Hebrew) and doing acts of kindness (“chesed” in Hebrew) are far more empowering than having money. Twerski goes even further to write that one should always celebrate life (“simchah” in Hebrew), even for those more challenged than others, for it is not one for us, as mortal humans, to judge the reasons for which we are given certain medical conditions. As difficult as this may sound, for those if us who have chronic pain, we can try to accept our condition as a test of faith. As much as we wish to have ultimate control of our lives, we can never do so for we are not the pilots of our journeys. If we can act like the biblical Job, or even King David, through their sustaining faith despite experiencing much suffering, miracles can occur.
Since I started and completed my first book on “How ro Reduce Your Chronic Pain: A New Model to Restore Your Hope”, that can now be purchased on places like Amazon (Books in Print), Barnes and Noble and e-book (kindle, nook), I have concluded that having faith can bring much hope for people with chronic pain and their caretakers. This is even true for the medical community that stresses over wanting to help patients but realizes there is not one single medication or treatment that can eliminate chronic pain.
Twersky notes in his book that “chesed” or doing acts of kindness, and even celebrating life by doing good deeds, are significant contributors to enhancing ones faith and hope.
In sum, try to enhance you experiences of love and spirituality and you will reduce your chronic pain.

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