I'm having a really hard time dealing with chronic pain, so I started seeing a therapist. I really like her, and she's a student, so its free. Today she needed her professor to come in and "observe" a session as part of her certification requirements.
This woman was awful. She kept interrupting, asking me questions and offering unsolicited suggestions even though she was just supposed to sit there and listen.
She asked me to imagine what it would be like to "embrace" my pain. I told her that I could see what she was trying to say, but I didn't think it would work. I said "I'm angry at my pain, and I really don't want to give it a hug." She said, "Well, maybe that's what you need to do. Give your pain a hug, Jessica, hold it tight!"
So, my fellow chronic pain sufferers, we just need to hug our pain and hold it tight and we can all live happily ever after...