Re: [Meditation Society of America] Re: Meditation and Pain Thesis Help Requested
- Hi Gene Poole!
Thanks! What you've said enlightened me on my study.
--- Gene Poole <gene_poole@...> wrote:
> > medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...> wrote:__________________________________
> > Greetings!
> > I am Arthur Lui, I am a psychology student of the
> > University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. I
> > been into meditation for a few years already. I
> > know basic meditation.
> > I am currently working on my undergraduate thesis
> > which deals with meditation on pain alleviation
> > adolescent cancer patients here in manila.
> > Would your society be able to give me some
> pointers /
> > suggestions / facts about my study?
> > Thank you very much.
> > Yours,
> > Arthur Lui
> Hello Arthur...
> I wish you success with your study.
> Pain is generally synonymous with _contraction_.
> Pain-relieving drugs (opiates, etc) counteract
> contraction by producing the opposite effect,
> which is termed 'dilation'.
> Meditation is 'prescribed' in order to produce
> 'dilation' of consciousness. While we understand
> that this is roughly a metaphorical description,
> meditation does result in _expansion_.
> Now we must carefully compare the concepts
> of dilation and expansion.
> An object which grows (expands) in size is not
> necessarily in a state of dilation. But a passage-
> way which grows in size (the space of the passage=
> way expands) is said to be dilating.
> We have seen use of language which uses those
> terms interchangeably, while they are clearly not
> We generally do not want pain to expand or grow;
> nor do we want it to dilate, whatever that might
> We do want awareness to dilate, and this is what
> certain analgesics can do. It seems that meditation
> can also lead to dilation of awareness.
> One way to look at dilation of awareness is to
> is to compare the effects of a spotlight to that
> of a floodlight. The spotlight is contracted,
> compared to the floodlight.
> Pain reduces (constricts) awareness to a 'point',
> similar to a spotlight. And that is literally the
> 'point' of pain. It draws attention.
> Diffusion/dilation of awareness encompasses
> a large area, in which is found the point of pain.
> On average, there is more non-pain area in awareness
> than pain area. On average, pain is perceived as
> less than before dilation of awareness.
> Understand that this is not a matter of distraction
> from pain, but rather, gathering a very large
> in which pain is a minority in awareness.
> The well-known 'expansive' effects of meditation
> may therefore be better stated as 'dilation':
> [dilation n : the act of expanding an aperture; "the
> dilation of the pupil of the eye"]
> The pupil of the eye dilates not only when an
> object of pleasure or desire is seen, but also when
> opiates are at work in the blood.
> You may be looking for a "common gateway"; IE,
> what it is that meditation, pleasure/love and
> opiates have in common; or more to the point,
> how to exploit that gateway by purely meditative
> 'Meditations' which can be measured to produce
> endorphins is one clue.
> The metaphor of 'aperture' is useful in this search;
> to be open to, in the face of forces which provoke
> to be closed to.
> Good luck with your research!
> ==Gene Poole==
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