In meditation, we need to be extraordinarily direct with our pain. The mind’s tendency to shy away and its excuses are myriad, maybe infinite. If we think we are being direct, there is always another layer of avoidance to remove. We need to realize that we are in pain, then to look at it, and then again to give into it and inhabit it. And finally, we need to get to get to the point where there is nothing but that pain, not even “us” going through it. But then, of course, it is no longer recognizable as “pain”, or as anything else either.