Living through Pain: Psalms and the Search for Wholeness by Kristin M. Swenson

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Discomfort disintegrates anyone, fracturing self and relationships. In residing via soreness Kristin M. Swenson charts the multifaceted own and social difficulties because of continual discomfort and surveys expert efforts to mitigate and deal with it. as the event of ache includes all facets of a person--body, brain, spirit, and community--Swenson consults an old source for knowledge, point of view, and perception. Her shut interpreting of chosen psalms from the Hebrew Bible demonstrates that the problem of residing via discomfort is undying. Swenson indicates how those historical texts supply a vocabulary and grammar for knowing and expressing the modern adventure of discomfort. The psalms inform of pain and therapeutic. They decry pain's propensity to fracture at the same time they reveal a person's skill to fix. soreness is a common adventure, and this booklet invitations readers to contemplate extra absolutely what's interested by the method of therapeutic.

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Yet, many have observed that this sense of meaninglessness contributes to the agony of intractable pain. ”1 The sense of meaninglessness that so often comes with chronic pain is ultimately bound up in the distinction between body and mind. Morris explains that this was not always so and need not continue to be. That is, our experience of pain is culturally based because it depends, in large part, on how we interpret it. ”2 That pain presses us to seek meaning is the felt pressure not only to survive, but to be alive, whole persons integrated as body, mind, spirit, and society.

Babindranath Tagore Perhaps no other human experience so presses us for explanation, so throws us back on metaphysical questions of meaning and purpose as does pain. Furthermore, pain’s disruptive nature and the difficulties defining and communicating it call into question one’s understanding of one’s very self. Pain challenges, chastises, and changes a person. Pain, with its attendant effects on every aspect of a person’s life, arrests that life. It evokes questions of meaning without providing clear answers or a new direction.

I do not mean to suggest that we should eschew attempts to alleviate pain; on the contrary, it is incumbent upon us to provide pain relief with proven results and to continue to explore new ways to treat pain. 14 However, by recognizing that pain continues to be and is increasingly a problem of its own, we admit that techniques for dealing with it must involve a variety of approaches, some of which simply equip the sufferer to apply skills that enable him or her to live productively with the pain.

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