I've gotten a greater appreciation of how pain--the non-life threatening, localized, physical kind of pain that something like a back spasm causes--can be gateway into the world of moment-to-moment awareness.
One of the greatest potholes today to people living in a relaxing condition in their day-to-day life, is the sense of wanting to compare ourselves to historical figures and "spiritual heros" from the past.
Of all the words I've heard in the past few days, the ones that spoke most deeply to me were these aboard the returning Amtrak train to Seattle: "Is there a doctor on board?" Believe me, I was invested in the answer.
Get thee to an eco meditation cushion, if only for a few minutes each morning before the day's madness ensues, and if you need a jump-start of inspiration or a little training, check out one of these Buddhist teachers.