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Take a breather

Chronic pain can be so very per­sonal and

in­tense that we be­gin to feel iso­lated from oth­ers. This ex­er­cise can ex­pand your aware­ness, trans­form­ing iso­la­tion into com­pas­sion, con­nec­tion, and a sense of pur­pose. Slowly in­hale and ex­hale a few times,

let­ting your breath be like a cool sor­bet, cleans­ing your mind and cre­at­ing some space in your ac­tiv­ity. Close your eyes and think about other peo­ple you know who are also liv­ing with chronic pain. Be­gin to ex­pand that aware­ness; con­sider all the peo­ple in your city, your state, your coun­try, and the world who have daily pain. On your next in­hale, imag­ine gath­er­ing them all to­gether. As you ex­hale, imag­ine breath­ing out re­lief, spa­cious­ness,

lov­ing kind­ness, and fresh po­ten­tial.

— CYNDI LEE, cyn­dilee. com

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