No matter where you are in your fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis, you can probably identify some part of your body that hurts. We interviewed a specialist to learn about natural ways to help with pelvic pain, bowel or bladder dysfunction, and incontinence. She shared two different guided meditations.
Both meditations are included below. They are designed to help with any kind of pain, anywhere in the body. They help you tune into your body and its health. They also build new neural networks in your brain to keep it from focusing on the pain, thereby teaching it to respond differently in the future.
Meditation #1: Noticing Weather Patterns
- Notice what’s happening in your mind. What are you thinking?
- Imagine you are a weather forecaster on TV, and your job is to tell the weather of your inner thoughts. How would you describe the weather? (for example, is it stormy? Hailing? Snowing? Is there a tornado coming?)
- Ask yourself how you’d like the weather to be. (for example, would you prefer a sunny day? Warmer temperatures? Less wind?)
- Think of one thing you can do to change the weather in your head.
- Next, notice a part of your body that feels pain (such as your throat, back, pelvis, or anything else).
- Repeat steps 2-4 but about that body part instead. How would you describe the weather of that body part? How would you like the weather to be? What’s something you can do to change the weather there?
Meditation #2: Using Your Senses
- Notice a part of your body that feels pain.
- Pick a color to describe that pain.
- Describe that pain in more detail. What is its shape? How does it smell? What is its texture? How would it sound? How heavy does it feel?
- Notice a part of your body that doesn’t feel pain.
- Pick a word to describe how that part of your body is feeling.
- Describe that feeling in more detail. What is its shape? How does it smell? What is its texture? How would it sound? How heavy does it feel?
To connect with people who can relate: join our online community forum, and attend our virtual support groups on Zoom for people with or impacted by PF.
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