From the Dalai Lama's personal physician
Regarding the emotional component of chronic pain, it is important to work on combating negativity, cynicism, doubt, and suspicion. This type of inner work often gets to the root of our pain and suffering.
It is hard work that requires courage, courage to “see our stuff” and not run away from it.
This requires looking inward to see the inner landscape of our thoughts and emotions. Thus when we find negativity, to first recognize it and not run away from it. Secondly, we start to work with the negativity in order to transform it into its positive counterpart. Let’s start by looking at forgiveness.