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About the Author

Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala Burch has suffered from chronic back pain for more than 30 years due to congenital weakness, a car accident, and multiple surgeries. She is a cofounder of the well-respected Breathworks organization, which assists people experiencing chronic pain, illness, and stress in managing their condition through meditation, body awareness, and creative life approaches. Vidyamala resides in the U.K.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797470
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The reader of this book should understand that the author is afflicted with painful chronic illness - and she does seek out and accepts treatment from the mainstream medical community. This has been necessary. But this book is not about mainstream medicine. It is about what mainstream medicine (except for some psychiatrists and Psychologists) have no comment nor any interest in offering as therapy. "Where is the money?"

The author, by using Mindfulness techniques, has achieved more than temporary pain release, but also a state of character formed emotional release that allows her to continue the fullest enjoyment of life - probably better than most so called healthy people. The purpose of her book is to help others triumph over painful illness just as she has.

The 230 page book is clearly and simply written. Their are even some simple drawings to illustrate the postures described in the text. The reader can go as far into the book as they wish, and then stop when they feel they have devoted enough time to their problems. But I think most readers who get past the first few chapters will become convinced of the efficacy of Mindfulness and fascinated enough to not only complete the book, but also will want to pursue more knowledge of the subject. I have. In fact, I have acquired several books and CD's on Mindfulness. As I progress by reading and practice meditating, I continue to benefit - even in unexpected ways. For example, people I don't even know stop to talk with me these days. (Hmmmm. What does that say about the old me?)

As I see it, the study of Mindfulness is to develop a realistic, close, and loving bond between your mind, your body, and the whole wide world of creatures and things.
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I found this book just marginally helpful -- I also suffer from chronic pain and will read just about anything on the subject.

I thought the author did a good job of explaining the origins and causes of pain itself, and she has some good insights - but I was irked by a couple of things.

First of all, the book only mentions once, in a very small 2 or 3-sentence section, that the author takes pain medication on a regular daily schedule (as do I). To me, this information is buried. I began reading the book with the impression that mindfulness was her sole solution to her terrible pain...I thought it would have been more helpful if she mentioned from the beginning of the book that medication is a valuable and necessary tool to be used along with an approach like this to severe pain.

Secondly, I (and maybe this is just me) thought there was just waaaay too much information about her own condition. I know she needs to be relatable and explain her journey with chronic pain as a basis for how she came upon this approach...but I still got tired of reading more and more about her own horrific injuries and pain. Not that I don't feel empathy for her, but after a while, I felt like it was, "You think YOU'RE in pain? Well listen to what happened to ME!" ;-)

The other thing that bothered me is this: don't mention and then try to sell your relaxation CDs in your book. I think that is just ridiculous. Either include the CD WITH the book, or don't mention it. To me that borders on greedy or even cruel. People buying this book are, I assume, in a lot of pain and are looking for help...NOW. Don't get them to buy the book, and then suggest a second purchase of a CD if they REALLY want to get serious about using this approach and helping themselves.
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I am a young woman who has been living with cancer and ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for many years. There is no book out there that I believe in more than this one. For me, Vidyamala Burch's mindfulness-based approach, has healed years of feeling trapped, isolated and at times without hope so that now I can happily get on with making the most of life at last. It's based on the kind of wisdom that can only emerge from the heart of an author's deep personal experience. It's not easy to find something that inspires you to change your life but this book really does. And there is a whole wealth of clearly explained practical techniques, methodologies and tips to support you through the process. Through building awareness the reader can learn to work with unhelpful patterns in thoughts, habits and emotions. The book also explains meditation techniques so well. Meditation and being with the breath ,body and heart can be an invaluable source of inner strength, relaxation and emotional positivity. And finally somebody de-mystifies "pacing"! The approach is not specific to a particular condition so it can definitely be applied to pain, physical or mental illness, fatigue, stress, addiction or just to anybody wishing to get the most out of life. Alternatively, if you're just interested in meditation, it's the best manual out there too. Ultimately, this is a very uplifting book!!
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Having worked in UK NHS Pain Management for 15 years I had a feeling of 'not more of the same' when a patient recommended this book to me. Having read it I immediately signed up to train as a Breathworks Teacher. The ideas presented are ones that I had been edging towards for some time but had found difficulty in presenting with conviction. The book is written clearly with very practical strategies set out at an easy pace. It is based on the personal journey of the author to contain her own unrelenting pain. Having met and studied with her it is gloriously apparent that it works for her. Having integrated many of the fundamental principles into our existing NHS Program the response that they are being met with has totally converted me to the approach. I would highly recommend this book to anyone overwhelmed by pain. If you also agree please bring this book to the attention of anyone working in the Pain Management field.
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