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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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.
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.
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.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
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.
Jon is right on with this insightful and inspiring book. There are not words that can describe accurately the powerful experience of mbsr. Jon leads the reader down the path with simplicity and confidence. he had a soothing voice and this book brings peace and stability into my meditation practice. I have listened to out many times and each time I listen to it I gain from the experience.
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.
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.
Incrementally longer silences.
Perfect for walking, travelling, or anywhere you need a touch of kindness.
Disappointing. The first few chapters were a waste of time. Too much explanation and convincing the listener about the process. Just get on with the actual meditations! And while I have great respect for Jon Kabat-Zinn's work, as he truly is a pioneer in the field, he really, really needs to let someone else narrate.
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.
"Excellent resource for chronic pain sufferers."
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.
"Excellent introduction to mindfulness meditation"
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.
"Well worth it"
I have gone through this twice now and it has made a real difference to me. I am currently experiencing severe pain due to two prolapsed discs. The body scan has really helped me identify where I hold myself in unhelpful tension but also not to get anxious about it, simply noticing it seems to be enough.
I intend to use this until it becomes part of my normal awareness. It will take time but I believe it will be worth it.
"perfect for helping with pain"
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.
"be open minded this book is real help"
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
"it is a mistery for me how is this helpful"
breathing and meditation -this is all known , anything new -nothing and you have it for 1 hour and 50 min ,plus ringing bells
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