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It's Meditation Month here at Tricycle! Are you joining us in making the commitment to sit every day of February?
Sometimes our meditation feels like it's the easiest thing in the world. An hour floats by like a second, and we're in a state of complete calm and equanimity. Other times, it's a real pain in the butt—literally. Our feet, legs, bottoms, and backs can all be the unlucky recipients of aches and pains while we sit. It's certainly distracting, and if severe, debilitating.
All this week, founder of Youth Yoga Dharma Cator Shachoy will be answering your questions about how to work with pain while we sit. What do we do with it when it arises? How much pain is too much pain? How can we rework our relationship to it? The main thing, Cator says, is to recognize that pain doesn't have to be a bad thing. It's normal, it's going to happen, and if we use it skillfully, it can be a real asset to our meditation practice.
Post your questions or comments in the forum below, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cator Shachoy began the practices of vipassana, yoga, and craniosacral bodywork in 1990 to heal a chronic illness. She now lives in San Francisco, where she is in private practice as a craniosacral practitioner, and teaches yoga and meditation to adults and youth. She is the founder of Youth Yoga Dharma.