The first step is being present: learning how to be here with our experience just as it is, transforming our reactive tendencies.
The second step is acceptance and kindness around the pain or the difficulty.
Wake up to wonder
The third step is waking up to wonder. How beautiful, discovering that there's always something pleasant, even beautiful, that we can tune into when our awareness becomes more refined and sensitive.
Arising and passing
The fourth step is arising and passing: living with flow. This is important and profound. We realize that everything is changing, everything is process, including what we relate to as pain as if it's a solid object. That too, is process.
Relate and connect
The fifth step is relating and connecting: realizing that we're not alone and our experience of pain or difficulty can become a point of empathy rather than a cause of isolation.
Finally, the sixth step is to engage with all of our life. How can we bring this training into all the moments of our life?
Praise for Vidyamala's teachings.
Vidyamala speaks with enormous humility and often humour, of the journey that led her to develop Breathworks; if you have an opportunity to hear her speak, take it! I was directed to the Breathworks organisation by an NHS psychologist and having participated in the Managing Pain and Illness course I can honestly say the skills taught are life changing.—Paula Baker
I was in your workshop at the Inner MBA today and it was the first seminar that truly touched my struggle. Thank you. Thank you for the work that you have done. Somehow you have shown me that my struggle is some kind of a gift.—Seminar Participant
The fact that she was so open and honest about her own experience of adjusting to and managing persistent pain gave what she said real validity. She had loads of helpful strategies to share with us professionals and gave us much food for thought on how to be more mindful of the challenges that persistent pain presents.—Dr Fazia Pask