You can use your spiritual practice to relieve physical pain. In this blog, I’ll explain how! But first, I have a story for you …

I often feel the presence of my mentors and spirit guides when I write. 

While I was writing Happy Days, an affirmation from my late friend and publisher, Louise Hay, came into my head … and I knew I had to share it! Chapter 4, “Hiding Behind the Body,” explains how subconscious emotional problems can contribute to physical pain. And I open the chapter with these words from Louise:   

“With every breath I take, I am sending love, gratitude and healing to every single cell in my body. Yes, yes, yes, yes.” 

“Lulu,” as we call her at Hay House, was a pioneer in mind-body healing. She believed positive affirmations could bring powerful relief to both body and mind.  

How I Recovered from Physical Pain

I believe that too! And in today’s episode of the Dear Gabby podcast, I share how affirmations have helped me recover from jaw pain, gastrointestinal issues, chronic stress and more. 

Using these affirmations has been a beautiful way to bring my spiritual practice into my overall plan for relieving pain in my body. 

And today, I am deeply proud to say that my gastrointestinal issues have resolved. 

And that’s not all …

I have perfect sleep. 

I have no anxiety. 

And I feel completely at ease! I am so excited to share more about this on today’s Dear Gabby. The topic of mind-body healing is a big one for me, and I really geek out on it. 

Here’s what you’ll get from this episode and blog post:

  • The POWERFUL affirmations I use to soothe my body in an instant
  • A gorgeous practice that will help you slow down, relax—and stop feeling  so burnt out! 
  • The game-changing spiritual exercise I do for 40 minutes a day (it helped me with my jaw pain!) 
  • A playlist that will help you process emotional distress (to make it super easy for you to access, I uploaded the list to Spotify!)  

What’s Behind Your Physical Pain?

Want to learn more about the mind-body connection? In Chapter 4 of Happy Days, I also dive deep into the work of Dr. John Sarno. 

Dr. Sarno believed we push our unresolved, impermissible feelings onto our physical body. That way, we can focus on the physical symptoms rather than addressing those deeply difficult emotions.

When I was dealing with my TMJ ( or jaw pain), I used a powerful practice that I call “Rage on the Page.” This practice enabled me to work through those impermissible feelings so that they would stop manifesting as jaw pain! 

Relief Through Writing

I explain “Rage on the Page” in detail on today’s Dear Gabby. You can also read about it in this passage from Happy Days: 

My friend Nicole Sachs—a therapist who specializes in the work of Dr. Sarno—told me about her journaling method that she recommends to everyone. She calls it Journal Speak and adapted it from Dr. Sarno. Nicole suggested that I journal for 20 minutes about all of my anger, rage, fear and discomfort. Then, after 20 minutes of writing, she instructed me to meditate for 20 minutes to allow the emotional release to set in.

Ready to relieve my jaw tension, I was willing to do whatever she suggested.

Rage on the Page

I made a few of my own tweaks to the practice as she described it. For one, I renamed it Rage on the Page. Then I decided to add bilateral music. Bilateral music rhythmically stimulates each side of the brain to help fully process thoughts. It opens our “window of tolerance,” which is the psychological state when we’re best able to respond to whatever comes our way by building emotional resilience. Emotional resilience increases our ability to process stress and big emotions, keeping them from getting stuck in our subconscious.

Twenty minutes of Rage on the Page brings your unconscious rage and fear (or worry, sadness, judgment, or any other repressed emotions) to the surface. Then, in your meditation, while listening to the bilateral music (found at DearGabby.com/HappyResources), you allow yourself to become more present with those feelings so you can take the tension and pressure off your body. —Happy Days, Chapter 4, pages 82-83 

Affirmations to Relieve Physical Pain

No matter what your plan is for soothing and relief, you can add in any of the following affirmations. Choose one that calls to you, and repeat it several times a day. 

 I’m safe in my body. Everything is working out for me.

I am truly taken care of.

My presence is my power.

I am at ease. I am free in my mind and body.

My energy has the power to be restored.

I can let go and trust that everything is working out for me. 

My body is strong and resilient.

I am still, I am well. 

Use Prayer to Relieve Physical Pain

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I also use prayer to contribute to my feeling of well-being. 

Over the years, I’ve shared a lot about my morning routine

I’ve talked about lying down on my sofa and practicing Transcendental Meditation for at least 20 minutes. (This is nonnegotiable.) 

I’ve described how I like my coffee (dairy-free creamer + collagen powder, please!). I’ve talked about pulling a card to set the tone for my day.

And I’ve shared my secret for settling my nervous system before diving into work. (I take a nice salt bath and sometimes even throw in some crystals.) 

But there’s one beautiful aspect of my morning routine that I haven’t spoken much about: When I’m taking my medication in the morning, I pray over it. 

Here’s what I say: Thank you, medicine, for giving my body what it needs. 

This is such a beautiful way to start the day! 

For more positive affirmations to settle your nervous system, check out this video. 

Get More Gabby

The following are helpful resources and books I mention in the episode: 

Want even more support? I created the Miracle Membership to help you design a spiritual practice you can stick to—so you can feel connected, supported and inspired every day. Each week I deliver brand new workshops, guided meditations, community connection and so much more. Plus, it’s easy to access on your phone, computer or tablet. Click here to join.

In this episode of Dear Gabby, I refer to my new book, Happy Days. The entire book is intended to soothe and settle your nervous system. Chapter 4, in particular, which is called “Hiding Behind the Body,” focuses on the mind-body soothing practices I cover on the podcast today. 

Head to my Happy Days Resources page to find the binaural-beats playlist I created! This will help you with the Rage on the Page exercise I mentioned in this episode of Dear Gabby.

Here are some of my favorite positive affirmations for soothing the body. You may want to print these out, so that you can use them regularly.

Affirmations to Relieve Physical Pain

I’m safe in my body. Everything is working out for me.

I am truly taken care of.

My presence is my power.

I am at ease. I am free in my mind and body. 

My energy has the power to be restored.

I can let go and trust that everything is working out for me. 

My body is strong and resilient. 

I am still, I am well. 

If you feel that you need additional support, please refer to this list of mental health resources. I’m proud of you for being here! 

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