How to overcome pain?

Regulate your breathing, fix your eyes and mind on something else - perhaps a rock or a spot on the floor or ceiling. Concentrate on that object, savor it, taste it, give it color and smell the dimension. Let it absorb all your thoughts and concentration and the pain will diminish. When I was striking the makawara board as you came in, my mind was on my home in Korea. Though I was standing in my dojang, I was seeing the mountains I knew as a youngster and the children I played with, hearing their laughter and my mother's voice. I was unaware of the pain in my hand.

As you see, my mind was elsewhere. Once you can conquer pain, your whole attitude about the conquest of other things less harsh than pain is enhanced.

--Yong Tae Lee