|Interception (click to enlarge)|
The adrenaline rush was so high that I didn't realize until the middle of the night that I was injured. Evidently I broke my collar bone.
I also grew up in a Christian Science family so doctors were taboo. My Dad, Mom and I prayed for a healing. Sure enough my shoulder got better. I could even sleep on my right side after several years.
|Right Shoulder 1.5" lower|
I share these injuries to give some background as to the root cause of my problems and why I have experimented with the specific solutions I'm going to share.
Each of our bodies is unique. The main thing I would suggest to people with pain issues is to experiment until you find a solution that works for you. Our bodies and mind should have a balance and harmony. Macho isn't really Zen. Ultimately, if done with commitment, zazen will present enough challenge to both body and mind. Finding the position of least discomfort is both practical and supportive of your Zen practice. This includes the chair and, for some with extreme physical issues, the bed.
Friendly bows _/|\_