Living Well with Pain and Illness: The Mindful Way to Free Yourself from Suffering

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Sounds True, Feb 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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After two serious spinal injuries, Vidyamala Burch found herself facing the loneliness of disability and chronic pain with few skills or resources to turn to. But instead of giving up, she set out on a mission to embrace her physical challenges with compassion, acceptance, and peace.

Living Well with Pain and Illness shares the fruits of her courageous life’s work, teaching us how the practice of mindfulness can help us thrive in the face of health challenges of any kind. Drawing on the wisdom of a dozen years of teaching meditation and a lifetime of study of the benefits of mindful living, Vidyamala encourages readers with insights and instruction in:

  • The five-step model of mindfulness and how to use it to foster healing
  • The Breathworks approach to meditation, and how to apply it to health concerns such as migraines, arthritis, and chronic fatigue
  • Step-by-step techniques, illustrations, and case studies demonstrating how to effectively bring mindfulness into daily life

Chronic pain has been called the modern world’s silent epidemic. Billions are spent every year in an attempt to cope, yet the best solution available may be absolutely free: mindful living. In Living Well with Pain and Illness, Vidyamala Burch presents a work that is at once an inspirational memoir and practical guidebook for using mindfulness to reframe your relationship with physical and emotional suffering.

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Contents

My Journey to the Present Moment
3
What Is Pain?
11
The Two Arrows
19
NMINDFULNESS AND HEALING
33
The FiveStep Model of Mindfulness
49
Healing Becoming Whole
65
CONMING HONME TO THE BODY
77
Mindful Movement
93
NMEDITATION PRACTICE
155
The Body Scan
165
Mindfulness of Breathing
179
Kindly Awareness
191
Managing Thoughts and Emotions
201
NMINDFULNESS AT ALL TIMES
215
Practice Schedule
229
Further Reading
249

INTRODUCING NMEDITATION
123
Helpful Attitudes
131
Meditating with Pain
145
About the Author
268
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Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala Burch has suffered from chronic back pain for more than 30 years due to congenital weakness, a car accident, and multiple surgeries. She is a cofounder of the well-respected Breathworks organization, which assists people experiencing chronic pain, illness, and stress in managing their condition through meditation, body awareness, and creative life approaches. Vidyamala resides in the U.K.

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