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Living Well with Pain and Illness

The Mindful Way to Free Yourself from Suffering
Paperback Book
Sounds True
January, 2010
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$21.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

After two 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 and emotional challenges with awareness, compassion, 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.

The mindfulness program introduced here covers all aspects of your life: breath and body awareness, mindful movement, transformation of your mind and emotions with meditation, and bringing mindfulness to your daily life.

Drawing on the wisdom of a dozen years teaching meditation and a lifetime studying the benefits of mindful living, Vidyamala shows us:

  • a five-step model of mindfulness and how to use it to foster stress reduction and healing;
  • the Breathworks approach to meditation and how to apply it to health concerns such as migraines, arthritis, and chronic fatigue; and
  • step-by-step techniques and case studies that demonstrate how to effectively bring mindfulness into daily life.

When I’ve been most able to be with my pain as a changing, dynamic experience, I’ve also been most in touch with the poignancy and subtlety of the human condition and most able to appreciate the world around me.

Rich with seasoned tips and “try this” stories, this book is at once an inspirational memoir and practical guidebook for using mindfulness to reframe your relationship with physical and emotional suffering.

“Vidyamala leads us through the many ways mindfulness and moment-to-moment awareness enable us to understand ourselves more deeply through our pain and to discover our true freedom. You will treasure this book!” —Deb Shapiro, author of Be the Change

“This book is a companion to the truth of suffering and the freedom from suffering. It is a wise, brave, and sensitive guide to encountering pain and then transforming it.” —Joan Halifax, author of Being with Dying

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Publisher’s Description: 

Drawing on the wisdom of a dozen years teaching meditation and a lifetime of study of the benefits of mindful living, Burch encourages readers with insights and instruction in the five-step model of mindfulness and how to use it to foster healing.

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