Daily Quote     September 24th, 2017

Observing bodily pain

All of us know physical pain a little or a great deal and we can deal with it medically and in other ways. You can observe pain with a mind that is not attached, with a mind that can observe bodily pain as though from the outside. One can observe one's toothache and not be emotionally, psychologically involved in it. When you are involved emotionally and psychologically with that pain in the tooth, then the pain becomes more; you get terribly anxious, fearful. I do not know if you noticed this fact. The key is to be aware of the physical, physiological, biological pain, and in that awareness not get involved with it psychologically. Being aware of the physical pain and the psychological involvement with it which intensifies the pain and brings about anxiety, fear and keeping the psychological factor entirely out requires a great deal of awareness, a certain quality of aloofness, a certain quality of unattached observation. Then that pain doesn't distort the activities of the mind; then that physical pain doesn't bring about neurotic activity of the mind.

Krishnamurti, On Love and Loneliness, p 132

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