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Mindfulness in the Midst of Pain

Emily Porta

Pain is something we avoid. Of course we do! Who wants to feel pain? But in the avoidance of pain, emotions amplify and can consume us. Whether your pain is physical or emotional, even spiritual (yes, some of us struggle with that), denying it, fighting it or avoiding it actually worsens it. That is where mindfulness comes in. 

Sure it is lovely to meditate on lovely things, but when you meditate on your pain, you can truly begin to understand that it doesn't have to have a hold on you. Being aware of your emotions, accepting them and living through them allows us to feel free in the midst of our pain. 

Try it. If you have a pain, focus on it in your meditation. Notice how it changes...always changes...never the same. Notice its quality and observe every detail of it. In doing so, often the pain lessens or no longer seems so scary. Mindfulness will give you a chance to keep you head above water when you feel like you are drowning. Need help with this? Give me a call :) Would love to help you find a peace in your life, that can pass any understanding.

Do you just see couples?

Emily Porta

The other day, someone asked me what I do for a living. This is a common question really. We all have different ways we respond to this question, but typically I just say "I am a Marriage and Family Therapist." To which they then say, "oh, so you do marriage counseling?" And then, I can decide to flesh out my response or just politely nod. Right now, I want to respond a little more to that assumption. Being a Marriage and Family Therapist, means I help people that have been in families or marriages...so that means, anyone. I see individuals, teens, couples (married, cohabiting, dating, etc.), and families.

I wish my title was more something like "secret keeper." I hold the hurts, pains, frustrations along with the joys, celebrations, and successes that anyone can experience in life. It really is a privilege. A privilege that not everyone understands. But when you tell your secrets, it can bring healing and freedom. When you share your pain, you are a little less alone. And when you have an accomplishment, you have someone very proud of you. So if you feel like seeing a MFT is just for people with marriage problems or parenting issues, think again. Just ask. You might find someone who can share in your journey and help you find what you are looking for...hope, healing, peace, health...you know, the good stuff.