“Pain is inevitable; Suffering is optional.”

A brilliant psychologist said this earlier today, and it resonated strongly with me. She was discussing her work using mindful-based meditation strategies with individuals who suffer from tinnitus.  She just completed a pilot study as UCSF to better understand uses of meditation for tinnitus sufferers, because there is no cure for tinnitus.

Meditation-based coping is one of my primary interests. In particular,  how can we design for effective daily coping habits for adults suffering from athletic injury. As BJ Fogg would say, how can we “put hot triggers in the path of motivated people?” Or as David Sobel would say, how can we “infuse the right solutions into the patient care path?” What do injured adult athletes need to minimize suffering and maximize coping?

This is what I am working on as part of the new Calming Technology Lab at Stanford. Designing calming technology is the brain-child of Neema Moraveji and I am thrilled to be a member of this innovative team. We spend our time prototyping and iterating tech-based solutions that increase calm in people’s lives. My goal is to design something useful for injured athletes so suffering is the least of options.

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