Understanding pain is the first step to resolving it. Whilst pain may be a physical symptom of distress, it’s often linked to underlying mental and emotional issues. Our bodies encode pain and perceptions together, meaning that a trauma or unresolved dispute can manifest itself in the form of pain days, weeks or even years later.
For this reason, many sufferers of chronic pain find that forgiveness serves to eliminate the root cause of pain for good. Let’s take a look at this phenomenon, and why it’s so important.
It’s becoming increasingly recognised that patients who hold on to grudges, or refuse to acknowledge and deal with emotions, tend to suffer for longer. Whether that’s in the form of physical pain or illness, these symptoms can be triggered by underlying emotional issues.
For example, if you were involved in a car accident as a passenger, and the incident was caused due to dangerous activity by the driver, you may harbour resentment towards them, regardless of whether they’re a friend, family member or colleague.
This could result in chronic pain that doesn’t subside even months after the incident, as your body remembers the emotions that came with the physical impact of the traumatic event.
It may not be immediate either; someone leaving an abusive or controlling relationship – or even stressful work relationship - could experience symptoms, such as migraines, months or years later when placed in a similar situation.
When looking at forgiveness, most people look for someone to blame. However, often the hardest thing to do is forgive yourself, whether that involves redefining your idea of failure, or accepting that you couldn’t have done anything to change the way events played out.
Returning to the car accident hypothesis; if you happened to blame yourself for making a mistake in the vehicle, you may struggle to overcome the physical symptoms of the trauma as the emotional consequences pile on top of them. This is particularly true when you feel guilt for causing pain or suffering to others.
However, it’s not always as clear-cut as traumatic incidents. Forgiveness, especially when it relates to yourself, could boil down to confronting your deepest spiritual beliefs. By understanding the issues behind your pain, you can begin to move forward as a healthier, happier and more open-minded person in the long run.
Our bodies are complex things, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the root causes of pain, especially in the case of chronic pain or symptoms that seemingly have no cause. However, by digging deeper into the possible emotional and mental issues that may have triggered a physical response, you can begin to understand and resolve the pain, permanently.
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