Pain is a Great Teacher

Two weeks ago, I started introducing the topic of pain to the eN-Vidyalaya children (age from 4 to 14 y.o), a programme which I volunteer every Sunday as a part of my mission work. In the first lesson, we did an experiment by getting the kids to touch a hot water bag filled with hot water. Basically they were asked to focus on the pain and made it go away. The children initially felt the intense pain from the heat of hot water and withdrew from it immediately. When they were told to bring awareness to their fingers in contact with hot water bag without removing their fingers, they were able to feel the heat at first, then slowly they realised that the pain actually went from intense to rather unnoticeable or enjoyable.  From this simple yet powerful exercise, the children learned that their mind could actually change the perception of any physical pain just by bringing in awareness.

Pain is such an interesting topic because it is a subject that everyone can relate to in life regardless of age. Do you know that the most frightening thing in the world is PAIN? People don’t fear death as much as they fear the pain and agony at the time of death. We may be afraid of poverty, relationship problems or diseases, but if we look deeply the root cause of all these fears, it is the pain that happens while going through these experiences. All these fears are because of the fear of pain.

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The Miracle of Love

Another incident which showed us the miracle of love happened to my family a few months ago. My 80 year-old father became very sick due to his deteriorating kidneys. In late July, he was hospitalized with a bout of high fever, vomiting and weak body.  He was rushed to Mount Alvernia Hospital where he stayed for one week. Doctor found that his red blood cells were too low and he was given 2 rounds of blood transfusion to bring it up. He was discharged after one week but a couple of days later, the hemoglobin level dipped again and this time he was feeling nauseous coupled with hallucination, fever and vomiting. He was sent to Gleneagles Hospital where his regular kidney specialist doctor could do a thorough diagnosis. What followed was a 5-week emotional roller-coaster.  First, he fell in the toilet causing his breathing to become shallow. They found blood in his stool and discovered 3 polyps in his rectum. The doctor removed the 2 small polyps but he didn’t remove the large polyp given his poor unstable health condition. Subsequently, when his breathing worsened, he went into the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and had to breathe through a tube inserted into his mouth. Then they discovered that water began to accumulate around his lungs and heart and they had to insert a tube through the organs to drain out the fluid.  His kidneys stopped functioning such that he could not purge the urine and toxin out of his body.  The doctor started him on kidney dialysis.

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