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Turning Suffering Inside Out Paperback – October 8, 2002
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"A practical, down-to-earth, and very wise guide to awakening in the midst of our struggle and difficulties."—Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
"Like the Buddha 2,500 years ago, Darlene Cohen tackles the tough questions—pain, suffering, and despair—and teaches us how to transform them with the help of body and mind awareness, exercise, and deepest attunement and intimacy."—Bernie Glassman, author of Infinite Circle and Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace
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This book is an excellent approach to managing pain and health issues that seem unmanagable - that feel like they have stolen your life and taken all joy from you. The author's approach is very practical and doable... learn to focus on what is right in your life... on moments.
Life is not made up of big events. Life is made of the tiny joys in every day. But when you are buried in pain, you have to train yourself to find them.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You owe it to yourself, and to your loved ones, to read it. It's very hard to suffer... it's also hard to watch someone suffer. Take a positive step in the middle of what seems impossible and read this book.
This book deals with the Buddhist idea that pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. Example: you sprain your ankle. The pain is clear and sharp, unavoidable. Suffering is your conceptualization about the pain: "Oh, no. What if I'm permanently damaged and can't run again." Cohen notes that all of us do naturally conceptualize about the pains of our lives, but there is a difference in taking our thoughts as absolute truth and noticing that they shift and change.
One of my favorite chapters is on dealing with the anger pain provokes. Cohen has become quite skilled at having what she calls temper tantrums. She transcribes a phone conversation she had with the customer-service rep of a mail-order company that had messed up her order. She is inspiring. Without abuse, and with strong feeling and clear demands, she gets a supervisor on the phone who soon agrees to override an absurd "company policy," make appropriate adjustments for her, and pay for the phone call.
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she's been through it all and this isn't theoretical.
a very clear and helpful book
I've read this book a few times and get something new out of it each time. It gave me a different perspective on dealing with chronic illness and on ways to deal with it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A
This is truly an "inside out" approach to suffering and to life in general. Counter intuitive and profoundly true and helpful in ways nothing else I've encountered had been... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Christine
This is a great book for anyone you know who is suffering from any challenges, physical or mental in life. It provides great support.Published on April 10, 2014 by LEO808
I bought this because I am newly deaing with a medical condition that involves a certain amount of chronic pain. Read morePublished on April 6, 2014 by Cowlette
I found this book uplifting and enlighten due to the fact I have a number of physical problems. It was a great read.Published on December 2, 2013 by Gerald K. Yancey