“Pain is not the enemy. The fear of passing through pain is.”
– Pia Mellody
“According to Buddhism, it is our fear at experiencing ourselves directly that creates suffering.”
– Mark Epstein, Thoughts without a Thinker.
Last year, I went to a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat, during which I had one of the most intense and transformative experiences of my life. It started with my realization that I was completely disconnected from my body sensations. I could feel very little of my body, and what I could feel was displaced, several inches away from my body. It took a few days to get my body sensations back and to the proper place.