Without freedom from the past there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent. It is only the fresh, innocent mind that is free. Freedom has nothing to do with age, it has nothing to do with experience; and it seems to me that the very essence of freedom lies in understanding the whole mechanism of habit, both conscious and unconscious.
How much do emotions affect chronic pain? According to Dr. Susan Babel, a psychologist that specializes in trauma-induced depression, quite a bit. She states, "Studies have shown that chronic pain might not only be caused by physical injury but also by stress and emotional issues." Also, "Physical pain functions to warn a person that there is still emotional work to be done." - Psychology Today