First step in your pain management plan

Look for one OK or positive aspect of your situation to focus on.  This will distract you from the painful ones that are getting all the attention.  Keep this simple.  I call them “wholesome moments.”  You are simply looking for something that strikes you as beautiful or even just OK. Find a flower, the light coming in a window, a view, sound or sensation and focus on it as intently as you can.  Note its details.

Please look around you now and choose one from your present moment and write a brief description of it in your journal under today’s date.  Or snap a picture with your phone and make it your wallpaper.  Or both.  Do this every 24 hours, so that you refresh your wholesome moment each day.  For the first week at least, write each day’s wholesome moment in your journal.