Mindfulness for Pain Practice: Soften-Soothe-Allow

A guided practice to bring awareness to the presence of pain or difficulty in your body, see if you can make a little space for it with a little kindness.

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Please find a comfortable position, sitting or lying down. Close your eyes and take three relaxing breaths. 

Place your hand over your heart, or another soothing place, for a few moments to remind yourself that you are in the room and that you, too, are worthy of kindness. Allowing yourself to settle into whatever posture you have chosen for your body, and to take a few slow, deep mindful breaths to settle the mind and body. 

And as your breath returns to a regular rate and rhythm, allow yourself to be soothed and comforted by the flow of breathing without having to breathe in any particular way. Simply allowing your breath to breathe itself. As you are ready, beginning to expand awareness to the entire body. Your body, sitting here, breathing. Allow your attention to lightly sweep your body from head to toe, and take note of whatever you notice is present. Coolness or warmth, tingling, numbness, tension, or even discomfort or pain. 

If you are aware of the presence of pain or difficulty in your body, see if you can make a little space for it in your awareness with a little…