Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief: Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life 1st Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (December 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797401
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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231 of 235 people found the following review helpful By O. Brown HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 18, 2010
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I am not an accomplished meditator or a person who enjoys sitting still. However, this two CD set was manna from heaven for me. I suffer with chronic pain of various types and often resort to painkillers and NSAIDS. Much of the time I also am tense and worried because of the pain and from trying to deal with life while in pain. I have other Jon Kabat-Zinn meditation CDs, and they are fine, but this one was exactly what I needed. It is for people who are in pain, including intense pain, and who are open to dealing with this pain via a daily practice of meditating by listening to one of the short meditation exercises on these CDs.

The exercises are of varying lengths, and most are found on the second CD. They range from about 4 minutes to up to 18 minutes. You can listen to one or more at any time. In addition, the first CD is one the author suggests you listen to repeatedly, as it describes an approach to mindfulness, to awareness, to a gentler way of dealing with pain than stringent resistance and fear (my usual approach). He addresses all kinds of problems a listener might have. For example, you might be in so much pain that you cannot even focus on your breath at all; he has a way of dealing with this. In addition, he provides alternatives to basic normal meditation practice, so say, if you're interrupted by unbearable pain in one area of your body, you can breathe into it, you can focus on the pain and then move back to your breath, etc. This felt like a meditation tape made especially for me.

His voice is so calm and soothing that even just listening to it calmed me down. Often my pain levels make me feel agitated and I hyperfocus on such thoughts as "I can't stand this!" or "My life is terrible because of this!
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88 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Way on July 19, 2010
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I have had four spinal surgeries which have left me with daily back pain. I also have fibromyalgia and advanced arthritis in my knees. I have read many, many books, listened to CD's, watched DVD's and studied holistic pain management for several years now. This is quite simply the best method for managing pain that I know of today! Jon Kabat-Zinn knows of which he speaks!!! It takes discipline and practice, which Jon mentions on the first disc, but the effort is well worth the time spent! I highly recommend this CD set! Ann J. Georgetown, TX
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126 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Kathy W TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2010
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"Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life", this is a 1 ¾ hour, 2 CD package from Sounds True. Although there are some brief meditations (see Disc Two below), this is not so much a "meditation" CD. It is more of psychological background thinking and how to do the meditations. Once you learn HOW and WHY, you can meditate to specific sound CDs designed for the act of meditating and creating stillness and vibration (including Reiki CDs). There are quite a few of these "vibrational" CDs in my other reviews, if you want to flip around them.

The cover states that Jon Kanat-Zinn and his colleagues have helped thousands of people with chronic medical conditions learn to use the power of mindfulness to transform their relationship to pain and suffering and to discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life. Jon is the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and professor of medicine emeritus. This material is based on 30 years of work done in this area. Jon's voice is relaxing and his words are clear, simple, and easy to understand.

Disc One (40:43) -- Seven fundamental attitudes to use.
1) Introduction (0:49)
2) Diving right in (5:36) - Jon begins with an awareness of your body and everything around you.
3) Learning to live with pain (6:50) - Living with pain is a workable process if you are willing to do daily work. Pain may be unavoidable, but suffering is optional. You have nothing to lose in walking this path.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Staff TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 29, 2010
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Might Have Worked Better for Me as a Booklet/CD Combination

In general, I use meditation cds to help me stay on track or to teach me something that cannot be easily taught through a book. So, I was surprised when the first cd in this two-cd set was devoted to the history and philosophy of Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief, a subject that could have been addressed in print. I found myself restless, bored, and frustrated listening to this for an hour. Part of the problem for me was the speaker. While his rhythmic monotone is perfect for meditation, for an hour lecture, it's painfully dry. Things picked up, however, with the second cd in the set.

Cd two contains a series of meditations that help listeners learn from their pain without suffering. Meditation begins with small steps correlating with in- and out-breaths and gets even smaller if required. Longer meditations follow the first three-minute one. For these, the author is the perfect reader - gentle, soft, rhythmic.

So will I use this cd set (acquired from the Amazon Vine program) again? Who knows? But if I suffered intractable pain, I'd certainly try these meditations for 4-8 weeks to see whether they'd offer me relief or, at the very least, teach me to live with pain without suffering.

Four stars.
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