Mindfulness for Chronic Pain

March 17 – 18

 at Namaste, Berkeley

Chronic or severe pain can be like quicksand – the mind and heart go under with the body – identifying with it and not knowing how to find mental or emotional relief from the physical suffering. Body and mind become entangled in a messy confusion of pain and discomfort.

Clear connection and understanding between mind and body is of the utmost importance, as is the ability for the mind to disentangle and distinguish between unpleasant sensations, and unpleasant thoughts about the sensations. The learned and wise ability to not add additional mental suffering to physical pain is pivotal to finding ease in navigating pain and illness and a fundamental aspect of mindfulness.

This workshop will be an experiential and didactic exploration of integration and separation; not identifying with the body but being kind and compassionate towards it. We will examine the reasons why separation of mind and body is not only skillful but imperative in gaining the capacity to live with mental and emotional ease in spite of the body’s conditions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between physical pain and optional mental pain
  • Practice and describe how to facilitate abiding with discomfort without reaction or contraction, physically, mentally or emotionally
  • Practice and facilitate the recognition of various sensations of pain, not all of which are unpleasant
  • Practice facilitation of non identification with the body
  • Demonstrate visualization practices that can provide ease and respite from pain
  • Practice, discuss and evaluate various mindfulness techniques most suitable for working with chronic pain and illness
  • Recognize and discuss the need and times to offer stepping away rather than towards acute pain
  • Practice and assess variety of chair yoga stretches suitable to those with mobility issues
  • Practice and facilitate a variety of breath techniques accessible to most physical and mental/emotional conditions
  • Process secondary trauma from working on the front lines of chronic pain communities, learn techniques to release the trauma
  • Learn how to cope with and to facilitate self compassion and kindness towards one’s situation and body

We are happy to recommend local places to stay and eat while here, please write to the above email to inquire.

CE’s: 12 CE’s are offered for this weekend at $100.

For psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs and nurses. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by School for Compassionate Action and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.

Held at Namaste Berkeley please register with this link