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.
From one of the world's leading experts on Mindfulness Meditation, Kabat-Zinn's application of the Buddhist-influenced meditations to the management of pain is brilliant.
As one who has experienced ongoing pain with accompanying anxiety and stress, this audiobook has been a wonderful gift in assisting not only my recovery from the pain-producing condition, but to my larger aspiration to a more authentic and awakened life.
Not what I was looking for
I was looking for meditations, not talk about meditation--and not talk about meditation in a slightly grating accent. There are meditations here, once you get past the talk, but I didn't find them helpful. I much prefer Bodhipaksa who doesn't speak much and has a nice Scottish accent, but he doesn't have any meditations for pain reduction. Maybe because Buddhist meditations aren't suitable. This CD is called "mindful meditation," though it seems like a Buddhist slant to me. I don't know enough about Buddhism to say for sure, but what I will say though, is at this point, I'm not in a place to hear that I should "befriend" my pain, just think of it as an "intense sensation" rather than pain, not view it as a bad thing, not try to get rid of it--just accept it, etc. While I don't love the "guided imagery" meditations, in this case, at this time, I think they are more useful. This CD is very breath-based (good) but I think you have to be pretty far down the road in your pain management to listen to this guy, or even understand some of the concepts he presents.
not what I wanted
I agree with nmwritergal. I was hoping for a selection, not one long tape. Seriously disappointed!