Naming is a part of the art of Zen and it has been used for centuries. It is a great practice to get use to, and also it allows you to heal some of your pain, rather it is physical or emotional. You will be able to do another type of meditation. With this type of Zen experience you focus on counting or naming things in order to overlook your fears or feelings or overlook your pain. This is something that a lot of people have done and it was worked wonderfully because it almost makes you forget your misery for a little bit.
The first thing that you will want to do is think about your pain. For those who are in pain over stress, you will want to name all the pain in your body. You will need to say them out loud. If you are in a lot of pain, but you know that it is over stress, naming will help you to control it all with your mind. You’ll need to consider that a lot of people who are in your life right now is a good source of your stress. You’ll need to take immediate steps to deal with the challenges. You’ll also want to ask yourself what it is that you feel and because of what. When you focus on the pain, you are taking control with your mind. You will begin to think it out and then you’ll be able to discover that your pain is less intense. You’ll want to take a moment think about a way that you’ll be able to heal your stress. For example, you may begin to feel a pain in your neck over work. Tell yourself that you recognize the pain and then think what specifically about work makes you feel stressed. Then give it an emotion. For example, “I am anger because I have to stay and do extra work when others did nothing all day”. Now do something about it. There are a lot of steps to naming your pain, but the key is to recognize and then do something to change it. If you can’t change then it’s just best that you accept it.
Every time that you feel yourself getting angry or stressed you need to address your pain. You need to say something like “I hurt” and then explain why. Talking to yourself may seem crazy, but if you say things out loud it seems more real then if you just make a mental note. Keep in mind that there are always going to be things that go wrong. You may also not have the strength to overcome some of the hardships. Life is mostly damage control. If you learn how to accept yourself and your problems, then you’ll be able to use Zen to help you to over take them. You no longer have to feel bad about yourself.
Keep in mind that naming your pain doesn’t always work. Sometimes you will need to focus quickly on something else in order to get through the moment. If you feel that you are about to go ingot a panic attack then you need to slowly count. You’ll find that when you count you’ll calm your nerves down and the adrenaline doesn’t feel so extreme either. There are many tips like this that are apart of Zen, but yet, they are used so often that no one even realizes why they start counting or naming things. It’s almost like a habit, but whatever works is more important, then why silly they make you look. Everyone needs to find something that will instant calm them down. This is the only way you can handle some of the difficult times.