If you're reading this, chances are your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain - and the physical and emotional suffering that usually accompany it. The good news: Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering, and discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.
Now, with Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief, the man who brought mindfulness into mainstream medicine presents these approaches for working gently and effectively with even the most trying of circumstances.
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If you are interested in mindfulness meditation techniques and unable, for whatever reason, to attend the actual course, Kabat-Zinn's book is an excellent introduction. Narrated by the author and containing guided meditations, the Audiobook affords the listener the opportunity of an 'aural transmission' from a meditator of considerable experience.Kabat-Zinn's gently modulated tones create an ideal atmosphere for meditating, as the Author encourages the listener to tune into or out of the narration as necessary. Kabat-Zinn's experience as a meditator and meditation teacher is evident in the light touch he brings to bear on all the frequently encountered challenges to the development of a regular meditation practice.
I've also listened to "Full Catastrophe Living" and "Wherever you go, there you are" and feel that this particular performance, being more gently modulated in pitch, pace and intensity, is ideally suited to the purpose at hand.
I have been using this audiobook twice a day for the last three months and have found Kabat-Zinn to be a faithful, non-judgmental and supportive meditation guide: my meditation practice has flourished and I appear to be reaping the rewards in terms of mental and emotional wellbeing. Highly recommended.
Easy and effective
Story aside, I have tried many audio books for pain relief meditation over the years and this is by far, way out there in front, the best. It is grounded in clinical research and is backed up by many other resources if you want to go further, although I don't think there is any real need as this is so good. I may change my mind when I've been using it longer than a few weeks, time will tell.
This isn't really an appropriate question given the subject matter, but I do like the fact that it's presented/read out by the Doc who instigated the programme . You really get a sense of his dedication and commitment in developing the programme.
Definitely and many times more.
I would recommend this to anyone who experiences chronic debilitating pain. It is a no nonsense practical resource which contains the best and easiest instructions for developing mindfulness I have ever come across. It also contains some truly life enhancing information. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Thus is an excellent audio book. Extremely helpful and at a good pace.
I have been practicing mindfulness for pain for nearly eight weeks and it has really helped. The pain does not always go away but it is becoming less of an enemy.
I have found quieter moments also in other parts of my life through being able to recognise an emotion and what is attached to it.
I highly recommend this.
Mindfulness meditation is a good,,tool,, to be precent in your live Don't expect the pain to go away but you can cope with them by using what is too be learned in this book
I use mindful meditation anyway but wanted something specific to help when I am in pain. This audio is just right and shows a good understanding of coping with chronic pain. This stuff is better then painkillers and works when nothing else will.
I think this book is wonderful and could do with another updated and expanded version, as the more guidance you can get with chronic pain the better.
I especially like the meditations at the end of the book and return to them again and again :)
"Help For Chronic Pain"
This speech/talk provides instruction, theory, and background information on the concepts of mindfulness meditation for pain management. Kabat-Zinn offers guided imagery/meditation exercises and step by step encouragement with this program. Excellent for people suffering with chronic pain. A gentle positive approach by a true expert in the field of mind-body medicine. Easy to use and extremely helpful. Highly recommended.
"Like a friend talking to you"
One important thing about this audiobook, is that the author, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, is the narrator. Narrator is not quite the word actually. He doesn't narrate. He comforts and gently, ever so gently guides the listener to a better place. Where- or whatever that is. JKZ leaves that to you to choose. It is not new-agy, touchy-freely mambo-jumbo. Although he clearly offers techniques used in Yoga, that is not Yoga. Nor is it "spiritual" (although he has a very interesting take on the meaning of that word in another book that I also rated 5 stars: Wherever You Go, There You Are). He is not preaching Buddhism (again, he explains his references to Buddhism in Wherever You Go...). His meditation techniques are down to earth. Precisely. Literally, mentally, physically down to earth.
Even for one who doesn't experience the kind of acute, debilitating chronic pain he mentions in the book, this is a very comforting read. The sound of his voice, the rhythm and tone in his speech pattern make you feel safe. It made me feel I was in a presence of friend who knew me, understood me, and knew what to say to sooth whatever hales me.
It is the kind of book that should be covered by health insurance.
"Anyone Living With Chronic Pain"
Yes, I listen to this often. I would reccomend this meditation to anyone with chronic pain due to arthritis, back injuries, surgeries or any pain issues. Why? Because it helps me.
Almost any other meditation or relaxation books are good. You may find them to be somewhat pricy for the length of the book but when you factor in the benefits they are very much worth the money. If this isn't in your budget there are plenty of free sources out there if you look but this is convenient.
There isn't really a scene with meditation but the meditation is very relaxing and does actually alleviate pain.
The insight that I appy to this book is that there are multiple relaxation methods out there and it allows me to focus on my pain so that I can take my focus off my pain. It is very interesting how this meditation works.
I wish that audible had an automatic repeat option button on the manager because I listen to this when I lay down at night and I sometimes wake up after the meditation and have to get up from a pain free relaxed position and replay or play another meditation or book. Also, it would be great if there were a longer book such as a compilation of meditations lasting overall around 6,7, or 8 hours. This would be more convenient and more affordable.
"This actually helped"
I'm in pain all the time. There's little to be done about it. This practice has given me a tool to deal with it. You don't realize all the stresses you associate w pain until something like this helps you sort it out.
"best pain reducer ever! "
I have listened and r listened to this book and it is deeply satisfying and helpful. when I can't sleep I turn it on and practice meditation for a restful sleep. when I have pain in my back and neck or headaches from a car accident o listen get still and the pain often resolves or at least reduces. I highly recommend this book to enhance your meditation practice.
"Format limits its usefulness"
This is an excellent book, but it's limited through the functionality available with audible's player. If you could easily move to the start of the meditation pieces or lecture piece it would be more useful. If audible upgrades its player this will be a better option.
"Soothing voice and simple, effective suggestions."
Incrementally longer silences.
Perfect for walking, travelling, or anywhere you need a touch of kindness.
"Interesting and helpful"
Yes - I listen to it several times a week.
It's not a story
Nothing to suggest
I am finding this meditation audio very helpful in dealing with chronic pain. I was skeptical, and it has not made the pain go completely away, but changing my attitude toward the pain and taking the time to meditate on it several times each week has helped a lot. I don't get depressed and anxious about the pain anymore and it does seem to be less than before.
"good but requires a lot of time"
Many guided meditations are geared to be used while in need of that particular meditation. This is a practice that requires you to follow it for a long period of time to see results. It is a good program but not what I expected.
"There are better meditations for pain"
I respect and use the work of JKZ regularly as part of my meditation "workout". I get wrankled right from the beginning when he says his patients dont have to "like" the meditations, they just have to do them. In my search for non-pharma pain management techniques, this one is good, but there are far better ones in the library of mindfullness meditations here.
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