Pain & Music

“Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.” 

George Eliot 

The connection and consolation music brings are profound. A universal and unifying art, music binds us together in a shared love and appreciation. 

Music can…

Pain as Portal

Pain can be a prison or a portal to compassion. 

It can widen our world or shrink it, open doors or slam them shut. 

Prison 

Pain often feels personal.  

Under attack from an omnipresent, amorphous enemy, our natural response is…

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Pain & Joy

Living with chronic pain can be emotionally exhausting. On any given day, we may experience a complex mix of frustration, sadness, envy, and anger. It’s easy to get lost in the fog of negativity. 

However, pain does not preclude joy…

Pain & Resilience

 

“There is a natural firmness in some minds which cannot be unlocked by trifles, but which, when unlocked, discovers a cabinet of fortitude” – Thomas Paine 

Living with chronic pain is a continual challenge. We often need to dig deep…

Pain & Mood

Pain and mood are intimately interrelated. Everyone has felt the swift mood change brought on by a piercing headache. 

Extend that pain daily for weeks or months and the effects on mood can be severe. A low mood can also…

Pain & Pacing

Chronic pain naturally creates changes to our daily habits and activities. 

We are forced to give up some activities entirely, while reducing the intensity of others. 

As pain ebbs and flows day to day, and hour to hour, we risk…

Pain & Isolation

This is the first of is a series of articles aimed at providing counsel and consolation to people living with chronic pain. The author lives with chronic pain from a rare autoimmune condition. 

According to Chronic Pain Ireland, an…