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From Ultra Marathons to Chronic Pain: How You Can Live Freely With Pain With Dr. Christiane Wolf

May 23, 2022

Do you struggle with chronic pain in your body? Are you searching for an alternative approach to pain rather than running from it or struggling with it? In this episode of “Your Life in Process,” Diana discusses mindfulness-based approaches to pain with internationally known mindfulness teacher, Dr. Christiane Wolf. A NOTE ON THE SOUND QUALITY: […]

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Do you struggle with chronic pain in your body? Are you searching for an alternative approach to pain rather than running from it or struggling with it? In this episode of “Your Life in Process,” Diana discusses mindfulness-based approaches to pain with internationally known mindfulness teacher, Dr. Christiane Wolf.

A NOTE ON THE SOUND QUALITY: I wanted to let you know that this episode has some poor audio quality on my part. I was playing around with the knobs before I recorded and ended up getting a fuzzy version of me throughout. I hope that you will give me some grace on that. Because I love the organic conversation back and forth with Christiane and myself. So focus your attention on that and allow for a little bit of imperfection. That’s what we need to all do for each other.

About Christiane Wolf

Christiane Wolf, M.D., Ph.D. is a former physician, internationally known mindfulness and Insight (Vipassana) meditation teacher. She is passionate about translating ancient wisdom teachings into accessible and applicable modern-day language. She aims to live from the heart informed by the brain and inspires her students to explore the same. She is the author of “Outsmart Your Pain – Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind” and the co-author of the classic training manual for mindfulness teachers “A Clinician’s Guide To Teaching Mindfulness”. Christiane is the lead-consultant and teacher trainer for the VA’s (US Department of Veteran Affairs) National Mindfulness Facilitator Training and a senior teacher at InsightLA. She is the mom of three amazing humans and can usually be found in the Los Angeles area training for ultramarathons and triathlons.

Key Takeaways

  • All humans experience pain and we respond to pain matters.
  • Changing our relationship with our pain requires getting curious about stories, behaviors, words, and emotions connected with our experiences of pain.
  • Engaging in mindful and compassionate practices will free you from the intense suffering that often follows resistance to unchosen pain.

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Remember when you become psychologically flexible, you become free.

Episode Segments

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [00:21] About Christiane Wolf
  • [02:35] Sponsor: InsightLA Meditation
  • [03:16] Diana’s Upcoming Events and Episode Sound Quality
  • [04:16] Pain x Resistance = Suffering
  • [09:13] How The Brain Interprets Chronic Pain
  • [12:07] Acute Pain vs. Chronic Pain
  • [13:26] The Pain Story
  • [15:50] The Box That We Call Pain
  • [16:58] Interoception And Resilience
  • [18:44] Ultra-Marathons And Endurance
  • [21:16] How Are You Talking About Pain?
  • [25:28] Yes…And With Pain
  • [28:29] Attentional Flexibility
  • [29:57] The Emotional Component Of Pain
  • [33:35] Chronic Pain Is Bio-Psycho-Psycho-Spiritual
  • [36:15] Compassion And Pain
  • [40:54] The Goal Is Not To Get Rid Of It
  • [42:09] Learn More About Dr. Christianne Wolf
  • [43:44] Your Daily Practice
  • [46:00] Connect With The Podcast

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