Kabat-Zinn is a veteran mindfulness teacher and author, and in this CD set he focuses on helping people use mindful awareness to face pain in a healing, transformational manner. Jon's voice is calm and soothing, he gives an extensive introduction to the exercises which may seem tedious to some listeners who are eager to just practice the exercises. Anyone who wants to skip some of the introduction can do so, and most listeners will find the exercises in awareness to be valuable not just for living with pain but for facing any distress that may arise in life. I felt that this set may have too much introductory materials for some people and could have been condensed into one disc for those who aren't that concerned about the background information and the philosophical explanation of mindfulness practice. For those who are professionals using this in a clinical practice the full materials are quite valuable to have. Jon Kabat-Zinn displays his expertise as a mindfulness teacher on this recording and this is a valuable option for pain management.
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Mindfulness can transform pain. Over the past three decades, Jon Kabat-Zinn has clinically proven it. Now, with Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief, the man who brought mindfulness into mainstream medicine presents for the first time on audio his original practices for using conscious awareness to free us from physical and emotional suff ering. This long-awaited two-CD program begins with an overview of how mindfulness changes the way our bodies process pain and stress. Listeners will learn tips and techniques for working with the mind and embracing whatever arises in our lives, however challenging. Then Jon Kabat-Zinn leads us in guided meditations drawn from his pioneering Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) methodology to help us work with and find relief from chronic pain, everyday stress, and emotional challenges, as well as to read and act appropriately in the face of acute pain. "Mindfulness can reveal what is deepest and best in ourselves and bring it to life in very practical and imaginative ways--just when we need it the most," explains Jon Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief gives us a ready tool for overcoming even the most extraordinary difficulties.