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How mindfulness can bring relief with chronic pain

One of the most important pillars of mindfulness is simply to acknowledge things as they are. You can’t do that if you’re denying your pain. Photo: Pexels

(Aryanna Denk/ Healthline) — If you live life with chronic pain, you’ve probably gotten some unsolicited advice.

“Have you tried meditation?” your hairdresser asks.

“Having a positive mindset changes everything,” says your co-worker.

Of course, this type of comment usually has the opposite effect. These well-meaning words can make it seem as though the pain is all in your head.

The reality is that a mindful approach to pain has nothing to do with denying your experience. It’s all about getting real with it, accepting it, and even embracing it. (…)