David Navarro López

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Is it Pain our enemy, or could be our allied?

Is it Pain our enemy, or could be our allied?


Pain. Nobody desires it. 

Or better, many people is scared of feeling pain. 

Physically and/or emotionally. 

But is it Pain something really bad? 

Who is the one who never felt it? 

If it is so inherent to human’s nature, 

why everybody instinctively wants to avoid it?

Physical Pain.

It is the way our brain is informed something is going really bad. Then, our reptilian brain acts immediately, for he is the one responsible for our survival, and “automatically” provokes actions. When we reach a very hot surface with the hand, we react immediately retracting our hand from it. Curiously enough, the brain has no “pain center”, so you can literally cut or wound a part of it without any pain sign, at the state of wakefulness. Brain chirurgie and other techniques to treat diseases are already very advanced on it. 

So the one which is “managing” the pain has not any notion of it.

You might say, “I had a terrible headache” due to drinking so much. Is the way your brain is telling you that the level of oxygen is below the minimum, but the brain itself do not notice it.

Emotional Pain

Considering what we can learn from Physical Pain, and its “manager”, the brain, 

we could learn a lesson about emotional pain.

All this post comes is born from the comment of Dilma Balbi at the post https://www.bebee.com/producer/@david-navarro-lopez/can-the-character-be-forged, when she said:  “sometimes it is really painful to improve some changes in life.. even though the change is necessary it can be at the same time extremely painful..

Our “emotional brain”, the boss, cannot be bothered about pain.

Like the body builders say, “No Pain, No Gain”

If we are to change our character or anything that means an improvement, no doubt, pain is going to be there.

Furthermore, if you are struggling to improve, and it does not represent a pain to you, you are doing something wrong.

Because real changes do not happen at the “comfort zone”

So whenever you are trying to make a change in your life, Pain is going to tell you if you are trying hard enough.

It is then when pain can be our allied.

(Image can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/simonwoodwardphotography/10473136764/)


David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #4

This would be very nice if it would be possible when you say " If one did not know what fear is , one would never experience it. If we don't relate a particular thing to pain then we may not experience that pain in the first place." The question is that pain and fear are deeply rooted in our humanity. Our thoughts are mostly created in our neocortex, our logical brain, while our Limbic brain, much more ancient and primitive, is the inception of our feelings, were the most complex cognitive processes are born, were unconscious and intuition lives, and it is there our logical brain finds the "basic materials " to build its reasoning. Limbic brain has served humankind to guarantee its survival. When in the jungle, it was the limbic brain the one which put us in motion to run when a threat was close to us. Pain and fear are unlogical feelings, but it is impossible to get rid of them and still be a human being, and fortunately, they are there to protect us. Maybe you would find interesting these presentations, on which more thoughts about these two brains are exposed. http://www.slideshare.net/bicefablog/why-making-choices-based-on-intuition-can-be-successful-47455282 http://www.slideshare.net/bicefablog/not-in-the-mood

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

vor 7 Jahren #3

Because real changes do not happen at the “comfort zone”. This is so true David Navarro L\u00f3pez. EP (Emotional Pain)takes a longer time to subside than physical pain. If we can learn the art of controlling our mind- thoughts to be of our best interests, we would not even fall into the state of EP. But when EP is triggered from the loss of someone, that pain is mostly suppressed and never heals. I think of pain as a thought in our mind similar at how we perceive fear. If one did not know what fear is , one would never experience it. If we don't relate a particular thing to pain then we may not experience that pain in the first place.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #2

Dear Lisa Gallagher I agree with you that there are "things we gain and pain was not involved". Fortunately. I suppose that pain appears when there is a fight between what we must and what we would like to do instead. Then, whether our will, life, or other reason has to "take charge of the situation" against our existing trend, is when "fire and hammer" appears.

Lisa Gallagher

vor 7 Jahren #1

There are many things in life we don't gain without pain David Navarro L\u00f3pez but I have to share there are also things we gain and pain was not involved. I understand your premise and agree. I have seen positive change occur without feeling physical or emotional pain. However, in many cases pain is part of the equation. Thanks for this!

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