“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven…”

John Milton, Paradise Lost

OUR BRAINS ARE DITCH DIGGERS.

When we experience something long enough that pattern is dug into our neural network. When we experience trauma and constant pain it digs a rut. A deep one.

 

Over time these ruts become huge like those giant paved waterways in LA, as seen in Hollywood movies. It becomes impossible to think about anything else so round and round we go…til we go nuts.

 

Some of us go more nuts than others of us. A person becomes what a person thinks.

 

The brain creates and the pain obliges. Real or perceived, we feel what we think about.

 

What we know from bitter experience is that if the mind goes, the body doesn’t have a shot.

 

Not to sound like a dumbass about it, but…

It's time to dig some new brain ditches

THIS IS THE SECTION WHERE WE LEARN HOW

Videos:

2 minutes of stupid cuteness: FEEEEEEEL the Oxytocin

This is gratuitous happy time footage here. Don’t watch this unless stupid cuteness and oxytocin release in your brain are welcome additions to your day.

Where my dog meditates

Pets are key when dealing with chronic pain. My dog Harley sits next to me on my cushion and meditates for hours. I think he has a bit of a meditation habit because I catch him from time to time sneaking dog yoga and assuming the position for going cosmic on his cushion. Here’s what…

Pets and Pain Relief

It’s not the most scientific point I’m going to make, but I believe pets are great for pain relief. My dog Harley has been with me over the past 4 years of botched surgeries, detox from ALL the pills in the world and slowly learning to walk and talk again. I cannot recommend highly enough…

Meditation to Marinate in Happy

Not every day is a terrible day when you live with blinding sensation known as pain. Some days are amazing. When those perfect days occur, I like to take some extra time to stop and marinate in the sheer goodness of what “happy” feels like. Sounds crazy but science has proven that when we are…

Essential reading to battle chronic pain

Coming back from the dead I had 3 main texts that I used to cobble together my system • David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell • The Way of the SEAL by Mark Divine • Grit by Angela Duckworth Each of these books was essential reading for me and I highly recommend them. I don’t…

The Power of FaithEE

FaithEE came to Pneumanta suffering from unbearable pain due to a number of serious conditions. She started working with breath, meditation, music and some of the advanced cellular repair technologies you’ve seen on Pneumanta.com. This is her story. FaithEE’s strength and courage are unparalleled, and this lady is going to change the world with her…

Rough flight home to nothing but doctors

I got home from recording in LA to a stormy sea of harsh news, long to-do lists, mind blowing physical discomfort and a looming surgery and recovery to top it all off. When I say that sometimes I’d prefer to be curled up fetal under the bed on ALL the pills, I’m not kidding. It’s…

My breath is medicine

This is a very short, very simple breath work meditation that you can pull out at any time and use. I invite you to think of your breath as a vehicle that can move things in and out of your brain and body. In this case, it is simply acting as a mental placebo for…

Pain and the brain

There is a difference between types of pain signals in the brain. CHRONIC pain signals originate in and are interpreted by the brain if you believe what you read in the journals of neuroscience—which I do. This video is an introduction to how I believe we can begin to think differently about your pain and…

Pneumanta “pain champ” mascot Introduction

#el-5ae259245520c152478339695048 .video-aspect-ratio { padding-bottom: 56.25% } This is my little friend that I carry with me everywhere. The Weeping Buddha is not a new story but I have taken it and appropriated it as a symbol for being a pain champion. If you see the pain and sorrow in the pose you realize that this…

Meditation for Pain—Body Scan

I was taught how to do a basic body scan in an 8 week MBSR course designed by John Kabat-Zinn. I use this as the cornerstone of all of my meditation work for my chronic sensation otherwise known as pain. I invite you to close your eyes and try this one with me. Repeat it…

Post Yoga Breathing

I try to optimize my morning Yoga with some after yoga breathing. I do this because it helps with my unreal discomfort from a failed fusion and all kinds of chronic inflammatory responses in my body. Here are some very very basic breathing techniques I like to use. I invite you to try them with…

Blogs:

It’s all in your head.

So that’s the good news and the bad news on that one. Whatever it is—it’s all in your head.   I’m not implying that it didn’t happen or isn’t really non-virtual. I’m saying that whatever happens to us gets stored in our brain.   ONCE IT IS IN MY BRAIN, ANYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED ON…

How to turn “walls” into speed bumps

Yoga has emerged to be one of the most crucial all-around pain management technologies in my life. The ability to move, breathe, move some more til it hurts a lot and then learn to breathe through that is the perfect metaphor for life. It’s the disciplinary practice of yoking my mind and body using my…

Use Your Dang Imagination

If we are going to learn to manage our constant difficult sensation or intense discomfort without an over-dependence on external “easy” or “instant” relief we are going to have to use our imagination. Period. Face it–if you have daily chronic sensation like I do, every now and then it gets overwhelming. The easiest thing to…

Good Pill Bad Pill

“Have a pill, leave a pill. Need a pill, take a pill.” should have been a sign above the water cooler in so many professional environments that I’ve been in. The number of pills changing hands around the workplace is downright hysterical–especially by people who will stare you in the eye and denounce drugs and their…

Your Mind Can Be Medicine

There’s this great scene in John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost where the bad angels are tossed out of Heaven and they land with a horrible thud. Lucifer gets up and gives this speech that is modeled after one of the Greek heroes’ speeches–like Agamemnon on the beach. I’m not trying to send out a big…

Breath is Spirit / Breathe Life

The most important place to start as I share how I came back from being 320lbs and in bed for a year, over medicated into near overdose and sedentary until my oxygen starved blood turned to sludge…is the breath. Period. My sensation is on overdrive with this cold weather. Where I live has been cold…