Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief
Guided Practices for Reclaiming Your Body and Your Life
If you're reading this, chances are that your life, or the life of someone you know, is shaped by pain -- and by 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 to discover new degrees of freedom for living with greater ease and quality of life.
With Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief, the man who brought mindfulness into mainstream medicine presents these approaches for use in even the most trying circumstances. Session One shares seven fundamental attitudes we can deploy to cultivate mindfulness in relationship to chronic pain. On Session Two, Jon leads us in six guided meditations drawn from his pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction methodology, including:
-Mindfulness of breathing: how to "put out the welcome mat" for whatever we experience
-What to do about pain: how to relate to intense and unwanted sensations
-Mindfulness in everyday life: allowing the nitty gritty of life to be both the ultimate meditation teacher and practice.
Through the systematic cultivation of mindfulness, we can reclaim the entire spectrum of our experience and the joys inherent in living, explains Jon Kabat-Zinn. Now he offers us a precious and tested vehicle for embracing the "full catastrophe" of the human condition and for thriving in the face of it.
Jon Kabat-Zinn 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. His clinic was featured in 1993 in the public television series Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages and include Full Catastrophe Living and Wherever You Go, There You Are.