After multiple surgeries during a lifetime of dealing with pain, our story teller, Mo, knows what gives her relief.

What Mo has learned to do:

  1. Keep in mind that it takes time to change the brain so it does not perceive that you are in danger and knows that you don’t need your brain to send out pain to protect you. This takes work and practice.
  2. Deep breathing (Diaphragmatic Breathing) and its many benefits.
  3. Movement & Pacing:  If you can only move a few feet, do that and then move little farther each time
  4.  Mindfulness:  Keep your mind on your surroundings, not your pain
  5.  Perception: If you perceive it will hurt, it will hurt.
  6.   Visualization:  Set goals and see yourself accomplishing a task
  7. Gratitude and forgiveness

Books that helped her along her journey:

  1. How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett
  2. The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris
  3. The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris
  4. MBSR |Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Daily Practices From the Heart of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by ElishaGoldstein,PHD & Bob Stahl, PHD (This book shows is the heart of mindfulness. It reveals how the power of being present the deepening of our own awareness and the building  of our own reliance will help us ride the ever changing and growing complicated world. This  book will help you settle down and settle into the deeper and more tenacious part of who you are the part you have probably been looking for all along, by Tim Ryan)