- Audio CD
- Publisher: Sounds True (Dec 28 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591797403
- ISBN-13: 978-1591797401
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 14.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 90.7 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life Audio CD – Audiobook, Feb 16 2010
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About the Author
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and associate professor of medicine in the Division of Preventative and Behavioral Medicine. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. Jon Kabat-Zinn is the author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full-Catastrophe Living: Using Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness.
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So, I purchased this one with a last hope for relief. I don't sleep well because of stress and pain from surgery last year, both of which seem worse at night. I wanted something calm to send me to dreamland without an Ambien. Since this focused on mindfulness AND pain relief, I gave it a shot.
It's interesting...the voice (I'm assuming it's Kabat-Zinn himself) is calm without being annoying. It's like a quiet conversation, soothingly paced and yet it holds your interest. The biggest surprise is that on Disc one, he discusses studies that show that conventional wisdom to focus on anything BUT your pain only works on minor pain. He explains that instead, those with serious pain issues do better to focus on that pain to work with it. "Befriend it" he says. Okay, befriending it may not be possible yet (my pain and I are not on speaking terms). But it's more with accepting and knowing that the pain is only part of the picture and can be tolerated, with knowledge, that is his point. This was helpful because everything I had ever heard or read was to picture it not existing...or to be on that infamous quiet beach with slowly breaking waves that everyone else seems to suggest I mentally visit.
Disc two is more guided listening and instructions. Both are useful. I did fall asleep a few times in the second one. He does suggest listening to them over and over again, and even if not with relief, but for repetition. I could see benefits without even having to listen several times. Now, at bedtime, I pop one of the two CD's in and listen to the quiet voice.
Another benefit is that there is no religious slant to it, so one of any faith or not can enjoy it without rolling their eyes or feeling condescended to. He never chides the listener or tells them to be stronger than they are...after all, pain IS pain, he never dismisses it as trivial.
Highly recommend. I would have gave it five stars if there had just been a few more practices...
This offers several ways to gently focus. It also gives a new perspective on helping your body process and even release or expel pain. While it does have emphasis on breathing, there are many more strategies that are offered. You can take it anywhere, and it won't make you unable to drive after.