Posts by Kimberly Holman

How Secondary Pain Becomes Chronic

When we experience injury or illness, the body sends raw information to the brain. We call this primary pain. The mind’s reaction to primary pain is called secondary pain. This post examines how secondary pain becomes chronic.

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It’s How We Respond That Matters

I recently read an important statement in a book called “Your Power to Heal” by Henry Grayson. It reminded me that stress is not a given. It’s how we respond that matters. In this post, I consider this crucial point.

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Chop Wood Carry Water

What is enlightenment really? Is it some kind of ultimate experience? In this post, I consider a different solution while imagining a story behind a Zen koan. What does an old woman’s journey up a mountain reveal?

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Up Folsom Avenue

Meditation has a way of changing our perspective on many levels. In this post, I talk about my first experience of pure perception and how the world changed before my very eyes.

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Stark Raving Mad

Although the whole emotional spectrum is likely involved, John Sarno believes that the primary emotion responsible for chronic pain is unconscious rage. This post is about a time when I let my rage be conscious.

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Oops!

Nothing takes us farther away from the present moment than being completely lost in thought. This post considers how we deal with the thinking mind and why it’s so important.

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Waves of Emotion

Working with emotional energy can be a real challenge, both in meditation and in daily life. We often suppress difficult emotions. In this post, I talk about facing emotion with the heart of a warrior.

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Finding My Enthusiasm

How much control do we really have in life? In this post, I consider this question in reference to an affirmation I used during my cancer treatments. Did saying it really help me find my enthusiasm again?

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