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Pain is inevitable, suffering is an option

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In an earlier post, I had discussed an essay titled It’s a Beautiful Life. The author’s main point serves as the title of this blog. In some sense, she was pointing out that you do have control over the “experience of pain”. Today, I read an article entitled “Rewiring the Brain to Ease pain” . It opens with “how you think about pain can have a major impact on how it feels”. Much of this is borne out by a bunch of recent neuroscientific studies as well as “mind-body” therapies. Other techniques include meditation and distraction.

Behold the power of the “mind”.


Written by asterix98

November 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

Traumatic brain injury

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Here is an interesting NYTimes opinion piece – Starting again after a Brain Injury . The author shares here experiences after an accident that left her quite debilitated cognitively and physically. She talks about a complete change in personality, loss of memory, disrupted cognitive social map,  and coping with the world anew after 45 yrs in existence! She is somewhat more fortunate (or is she ?) than the famous neurological case of Phineas Gage.

Because of the injury, her cognitive apparatus, responsible for weaving her past, present and future  into a coherent canvas, is now in disarray, mostly cutting her loose from her past, resulting in the loss of all of her anchors, her bearings. Much of the narrative is about her journey piecing together her life again. Less poignant and more resolute.




Written by asterix98

October 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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