298: Sarah Shockley on Living with Chronic Pain


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Sarah Shockley is a multiple award-winning producer and director of educational films including Dancing From the Inside Out, a highly acclaimed documentary on disabled dance. Sarah is the author of a number of books on living with chronic pain, including the one discussed in this episode, The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain.

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In This Interview, Sarah Shockley and I Discuss Living with Chronic Pain and…

  • Her book, The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living with and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain
  • How it’s hard for us to heal when we’re in a battle with pain
  • The good wolf aspect of pain
  • Feeding into healing vs feeding in living with chronic pain
  • Her experience with debilitating pain
  • The many components of chronic pain – in addition to the physical component
  • How isolating chronic pain can be
  • Chronic emotional pain
  • Seeing pain differently
  • Turning towards pain and asking it, “What could positively be your positive purpose here?”
  • What you resist persists
  • Becoming partners with your pain
  • Thinking of pain as the voice of something within you that wants to be healed
  • Creating a different relationship with pain
  • We lock pain in place when we get into a resistant mode
  • Giving pain a lot of space
  • Breathing into the pain
  • The messages that pain brought her
  • Asking pain, “What do you need?”
  • How her life has been transformed by changing her relationship and experience with chronic pain
  • That she wrote the book she wished she had been given in the midst of her struggle with pain
  • That being seen in your pain can be the beginning of healing
  • Living with chronic pain and what she imagined her pain looking like

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