Hope for Pain Relief

I’ve known of mind­ful­ness prac­tices for sev­er­al years, and read Full Cat­a­stro­phe Liv­ing: Using the Wis­dom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Ill­ness by Jon Kabat-Zinn sev­er­al years ago. It is one of the books I’ve rec­om­mend­ed on this blog in the past. 

I have only recent­ly, though, tru­ly com­mit­ted myself to using the prac­tices. I have to say that I was shocked to find that when I give myself over to the spir­it of some guid­ed med­i­ta­tions, the pain is gone. I am still on my med­ica­tions, but I’m going down on dosages and using no break­through pain med­ica­tion these days. 

Kabat-Zinn has pub­lished many oth­er prod­ucts, includ­ing a CD of med­i­ta­tions enti­tled Mind­ful­ness Med­i­ta­tion for Pain Relief: Guid­ed Prac­tices for Reclaim­ing Your Body and Your Life. I’m so impressed with the qual­i­ty of his work on The Mind­ful Way through Depres­sion: Free­ing Your­self from Chron­ic Unhap­pi­ness and the oth­er books I’ve men­tioned that I have no hes­i­ta­tion in rec­om­mend­ing that record­ing. I’d love to hear from oth­ers who are using mind­ful­ness prac­tices in their recov­ery, too!

Book Recommendation: The Mindful Way Through Depression

I’ve been respond­ing to writ­ing prompts instead of writ­ing per­son­al posts because I haven’t had a lot to say pub­licly. I feel a need to stop now, though, and strong­ly rec­om­mend a book that I’ve been read­ing. The Mind­ful Way through Depres­sion: Free­ing Your­self from Chron­ic Unhap­pi­ness takes a very dif­fer­ent approach to recov­ery from depres­sion and anx­i­ety, issues I’ve dealt with for more than 20 years. The book includes record­ed Guid­ed Med­i­ta­tion Prac­tices nar­rat­ed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, which are high­ly effective.

I’m find­ing the book’s approach­es very use­ful. I have hope of pos­si­bly recov­er­ing beyond just tak­ing med­ica­tion for­ev­er for the first time I can remem­ber. I’d be inter­est­ed in hear­ing feed­back from oth­ers who are using the same approach.