I have been attending these clinics where they teach you mindfulness meditation in an attempt to reduce chronic pain. I have not felt any benefit from this at all. I am not sure if meditation will help me and how it is supposed to help me. Even if I learn to meditate to the point of not feeling pain during meditation, how is that supposed to help me during the other 23 hours 40 minutes a day?
Anyone else been to this type of training and how did you find it to help with pain?
I would say that it, at the very least, might offer you the knowledge that, if things were very painful, that you would have a way to approach, and manage this, if even temporarily. Is not fifteen hours of pain a little better than sixteen? It is not something that is particularly useful at first, but does take practice to get to a place where it is beneficial. I would suggest that, even if it is not always helpful, that it can usually be brought in as needed, this alone is highly helpful.
Remember, also, that not all things are equally helpful to all people.
I've just started doing this. we were told that we need to constantly practice (1hr a day), not just every now and then, and that most people start to experience the benefits around 8weeks if they've been practicing consistently. so I guess you get out what you put in. as I've said, I've just started the course, but that's what my instructor has said repeatedly and he's been doing it for 20 years with consistent results. so I'm going to just see how it goes :)