2 Jan 2012 - QA 18

Physical pain, is it linked to the mind?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Physical pain and mind is connected, definitely. You know why, because when you sleep or when you are under anesthesia you don’t feel it.

So when you sleep you don’t feel it. In sleep what happens is the mind shuts off. In anesthesia they put some blocks in the nervous system so that the mind cannot feel that, correct! So the mind definitely has a role to play in pain management. The doctors who specialize in pain management they say how mind, breath, meditation are all very important in pain management.