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Break Through Pain: A Step-by-Step Mindfulness Meditation Program for Transforming Chronic and Acute Pain Hardcover – March 1, 2006
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Specifically, this book teaches you the relationship between attention and pain, softening around pain and having a different experience of it through training the mind to hold it differently. While it won't take the place of morphine, it will certainly help people in pain to live with it more easily. It will also help them to reduce their anxiety around pain, which aggravates the subjective experience of pain.
I am no stranger to pain having gone through a back, neck and wrist surgery. I teach meditation myself and I have graduate education in biology, biochemistry and psychology. I feel I am in a good position to judge the merits of the book and the book certainly has many merits as does the CDs. If you are interested in an introduction to several types of meditation, you might also like The Beginner's Guide to Meditation. If you are quite serious about meditation, you can look at a variety of references on my listmania lists which appear on my profile.
I've always believed getting over pain meant pushing the pain away as though it were a foreign object. But when the pain isn't going to go away, learning to accept it as a part of me was the first step to reducing the pain level. When nothing else has helped -- even drugs -- the skills I learned from this book have worked to help me manage my pain, and in other ways of my life as well.
So, if you're open to trying a gentle, inner-directed approach to managing pain -- or possibly stopping your pain altogether, I urge you to read this book. You'll be glad you did.
The method consists of precisely localizing the pain in the body, have equinimity (openess, allowing) the pain, and noting how/where/when the pain changes.
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Took me forever to finish reading this book. Boring and the techniques used are next to impossible to follow - Sorry but this is my opinion. Others may enjoy and possible benefit.Published 17 months ago by mohamed
The voice is distracting, which is important in something you have to listen to in order to appreciate. The lessons are not separated into easy sections either.Published on February 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Mindfulness heals. This extraordinary quality of direct presence is filled with compassion and space, and it transforms everything that it touches. Read morePublished on March 2, 2010 by Peter Strong