While physical pain is more difficult to overcome than emotional pain, physical pain is often the result of blocked emotional energy that needs to be released. Several attempts may be required to become entirely free of the distressing emotion, but with each use of this practice, the emotional distress will eventually heal, and whatever triggered it will no longer have an effect.
A method for releasing emotional or physical pain has been given to us by many spiritual teachers, a few of the lessons have been provided below:
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. ~ RUMI
Instead of (avoiding our moods and emotions) invite them to come in and have a cup of tea. Yes, it would perhaps be better to offer it a Scotch-and-soda … because the idea is to encourage it, to invite it to be itself with a vengeance … for this is accepting its independence of the ego, that is, allowing it to behave as it wills … instead of denying it, we affirm it … to experience it to the full … for even the blackest mood has a profound meaning for us and is a blessing in disguise. … The point is not to accept it in order that you might pass on to a higher state, but to accept it because acceptance itself is that higher state.”
~ from The Meaning of Happiness by Allan W. Watts
By turning your attention to any emotional or physical pain, observing it and feeling its energy, the identification of the pain as being you is broken. Sustained conscious attention severs the link between the pain and your feelings, providing you with a process of transmutation.
~ from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
Your unique personal vibrational frequency determines the quality of your life. By accepting the energy of your vibrational resonance and taking charge of it you can change your thoughts and emotions. A transformational shift will occur providing limitless possibilities. To liberate the feelings and beliefs that no longer serve you, fully embrace them allowing them to be released. This will bring freedom to the pure vibrational energy within. ~ from Panache Desai
Despair, pain and grief are held to be unpleasant and thoroughly undesirable. Dearest friend, take the lighted candle of your own faith, and enter completely into your despair. Be there. Look around. Let your self-remembering light that cavern, demanding nothing, expecting nothing. Rather than push away your despair, just say yes to it. If you say yes to your pain, then that pain is filled with Love. This is not something to think or merely perform. It is something to be. Say ‘yes’ in that despair-filled moment when you are able, and with your next breath say ‘yes’ again. And, if you are willing to allow the structure of despair to alter, you will observe it beginning to change. … Whatever your predicament may be, ‘yes’ will not solve it. It will dissolve it. ‘Yes’ is not obedience or acquiescence. It is an embrace.”
~ from Emmanuel’s Book III, What Is an Angel Doing Here? by Rodegast and Stanton
The practice is a three-step process of: 1) acknowledging what is going on internally during a distressing physical or emotional situation, 2) welcoming it, and 3) letting it go. … Close your eyes and feel the emotional and/or physical pain. Stay with the sensation for a minute or two, exploring how it feels in your body. After a minute or two, consciously move in the opposite direction, still working directly on the sensation. Relax, take a deep breath, and come down into your being. Soften inwardly. Open to the sensation of your own presence, and try to stay with that presence no matter what inner racket is going on. Keep returning consciously to that sensation of inner openness until you can feel calmness beginning to return. If you are patient and firm, it eventually will. The aliveness of your “I AM” presence, sensed directly in this way, will eventually heal any mental or emotional turmoil that temporarily preempts it.
~ from The Wisdom Jesus, Transforming Heart and Mind – A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault as provided in The Welcoming Prayer
Eckhart Tolle explains the process of acceptance that aids in the elimination of “suffering” due to stressful emotions.
Also see the Notice and Ease Tool by HeartMath