Online: Learning a New Embodied Relationship to Pain

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Online: Learning a New Embodied Relationship to Pain
with Joan Griffiths Vega, MFA and COFA, MBSR Facilitator
Sunday, October 4th, 2020 | 10:00am – 12:00pm ET

“All pain is real, no matter what is causing it. But also, all pain is made by the brain in response to the information available to it.” -Lorimer Moseley, clinical scientist and pain researcher at the University of South Australia

Pain, acute or chronic, requires a multifaceted, multi-dimensional approach to manage its overwhelming domination. Ironically, reducing pain is counterintuitive. Once pain is present, a choice opens up to us—to live a life of suffering, or to experientially know that pain is truly only a small portion of our infinite selves. In our time together we will explore ways to turn towards the pain with kindness and curiosity rather than react in fear or anger and try to push away the pain. When acceptance is present, the war stops. Choices arise.

Mindfulness is a well spring for living a more spacious, more joyful life. It supports a kind, curious awareness towards pain from which to decide what is needed and when.

In this two-hour class we will experience:

-Mindfulness as a way of establishing a warm, more relaxed relationship with the pain in the body.
-Meditations practices to soften pain and open the body to greater ease to maintain optimal energy.
-The current neuroscience of pain, and how our relationship to it can define it.
-How to recognize anxious thoughts and emotions that can unwittingly contribute to feeling more pain.
-How simple caring physical gestures, brief breathing exercises, and acupressure points can calm the nervous system to encourage pain reduction and increase body’s state of relaxation that can be done anywhere, anytime.
-A way to develop a daily schedule that supports your well-being and minimizes your pain.


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Registration Fees include Teacher Support

New York Insight Meditation Center has streamlined the registration fee levels. Members of our Circle of Friends are eligible to receive 20% off of the Sustaining Rate via a code provided in the email confirming membership, which you can enter after clicking the Sustaining Level registration.

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Joan Griffiths Vega, MFA and COFA, MBSR Facilitator

Joan Griffiths Vega became a Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher in 2007. At the Martha Stewart Center for Healthy Living, she taught the traditional MBSR course for over 10 years. She developed an interest in working with people in pain after studying with Dr. Les Fehim, PhD, Director of the Princeton Biofeedback Center and became a certified Coach of Open Focus™ Attention. At Mt. Sinai she joined with Patricia Bloom, MD to develop a pain intervention model MBPR, Mindfulness Based Pain Relief. She participated in post-surgical pain research projects to study the effectiveness of reducing pain using MBPR. She completed the Professional Training workshop led by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., and Saki Santorelli, Ed.D, Exec. Director of the UMass Center for Mindfulness (CFM) in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, as well as the MBSR practicum and Teacher Development Intensive at CFM in Worcester, MA. She is a storyteller with an MA in cross-cultural mythology, Jungian and religious studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute, CA, and an MFA in film from School of the Arts at Columbia University. Over the last two years, she has been in significant bone pain and has the opportunity to intimately practice what she teaches.