“When you finally do gain enough experience to stay with the pain no matter how much this worsens it, something like the following will happen. Time slows down, the thinking mind more or less shuts off, the external world fades and the sense of a controlling self is neutralized. The entire stinging mass of the body slowly begins to lose its rigidity and to flow, first like dense lava then like honey… each wave of sensation seems to break up another kink in the substance of your soul.” Break through Pain, Shinzen Young
In practicing certain poses on my hip-opening journey, I am still unable to sit through the experience of pain “inflation.” I hope with more mediation practice, I will be able to sit, and eventually break through.
This is such an amazing and beautiful article- well worth the read: