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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074995924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749959241
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful and compassionate book, Mindfulness for Health will put you back in touch with the extraordinary person you already are (Professor Mark Williams, University of Oxford)

This book provides an extremely effective and elegant mind-body approach to healing . . . Highly recommended (Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Coming to Our Senses)

In a world of much suffering, this book is a gift of wisdom and practical help (Professor Paul Gilbert, PhD, OBE, author of The Compassionate Mind and Mindful Compassion, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, UK)

If you have chronic pain or another persistent health problem, if you struggle, feel stuck or feel alone, read and follow this book. It will encourage, guide and liberate you (Lance M. McCracken, PhD, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, King's College London)

An excellent resource for people in the community who live with pain and long-term health conditions, and also for those health-care professionals who support them (Peter Moore, co-author of the Pain Toolkit)

Through simple exercises, well explained and prepared . . . they guide the reader through the principles and practice of mindfulness applied to pain, and towards self-understanding, gentle control and connectedness (Dr Amanda C de C Williams, Reader in Clinical Health Psychology, University College London)

Vidyamala and Danny have written an inspiring book . . . It is alive with heart-warming stories and practical and engaging ways of managing your distress and finding more joy, peace, wisdom and compassion for yourself and others - from day one of this excellent programme. It is a guidebook for thriving and not just surviving each day (Timothea Goddard, MBSR teacher, Psychotherapist - Openground, Australia)

Mindfulness for Health offers those who struggle with the painful loss of health much support to become more alive and compassionate and not trapped by pain and ill health. This truly resourceful book will help people grow their own sense of self . . . and lessen their suffering (Dr Frances Cole, GP, Pain Rehabilitation Specialist and CBT therapist, Leeds Community Trust, Spinal Pain Management Service, UK)

Thoughtful and practical . . . This will be an important resource for the mindfulness community (Dr Elizabeth Foley, Senior MBCT Facilitator & Researcher, Sydney, Australia)

Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman . . . show how the benefits of mindfulness can bring a different kind of healing so that the mind-body can be calmed, focused, refreshed and renewed (Liz Lobb, Professor of Palliative Care, Sydney, Australia)

Mindfulness offers a distinctly compassionate and authentic way to reconcile our experiences of pain . . . I would really encourage you to give yourself eight weeks with this book. You will be rewarded with a profound change (Dr Margaret Macky, FAFOEM, Occupational Medicine Specialist, New Zealand)

Meeting pain with the "tender gravity of kindness" is courageous and transformative. Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman "walk the talk"; they invite people suffering pain to reclaim their lives through this accessible, personal, wise and eminently commonsensical guide (Willem Kuyken, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Exeter)

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A new book and CD/audio download package by bestselling Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world co-author Dr Danny Penman and Vidyamala Burch, co-founder of Breathworks. It contains a practical programme for relieving pain, managing illness and boosting wellbeing with mindfulness meditation which has been clinically proven to be as effective as the most commonly prescribed painkillers in relieving pain and managing chronic illness. Foreword by Professor Mark Williams.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By L. Harrison on 22 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
Beneath this wonderfully accessible text lies an impressive depth of scientific research and the authors' extensive experience of managing their chronic pain. The guided exercises are easy to follow and the whole suggested programme is realistic for someone in pain or suffering stress and illness. I particularly liked the 'habit releasers'. The tone of the book is warm and down to earth, but also incredibly inspiring. This book goes beyond many pain management programmes in being both very practical and also engaging the heart. Learning mindfulness techniques and meditation is NOT about passively accepting your fate, becoming falsely positive or sitting cross legged on the floor for hours a day! By incorporating these Breathworks mindfulness practices into my life I am now happier and more connected with others than I was even before my accident.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Karen T on 9 Sept. 2013
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I loved this book. Not only does it guide the reader through an interesting and enjoyable mindfulness course, but it brings the practice to life with inspiring personal stories of people who have benefited enormously from mindfulness techniques. These stories provide a compassionate insight into everyday life, and how easy it is to lose ourselves when things get tough. Whether you've become distanced from your real self through stress, a pain condition or illness, this book teaches you mindfulness techniques that can put you back in touch with your true self again. It is thoroughly well written, in a very open and approachable style - reading it is like doing a mindfulness course with a friend.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dickens on 6 Oct. 2013
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I have read a number of books on mindfulness they were all really good, but this book gives you a different perspective by dealing directly with being in pain. Whether that pain is real like a broken limb or in the mind through stress etc, it's irrelevant, you are in pain and this book not only recognises that but it also gives people the right to address that pain. The best book I have read so far.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By little chicken on 11 Oct. 2013
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Having suffered with fibromyalgia, ME, chronic migraines and violent anxiety wondering what was wrong with me for the last 4 yrs and having tried almost everything. I found the original book "Living well with pain and illness" and within 6 pages I knew everything was going to be ok. So much so that I am now on week 3 of the Breathworks course in Manchester and I know with certainty that I want to become a Breathworks teacher so that I can spread the word. This new book is just the icing on the cake and so easy to read and understand. No mumbo jumbo. Enjoy the journey and remember, as Buddha said -Illness is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not a sign of misfortune or defeat. Suffering is the fuel of wisdom and opens the way to happiness. Through illness human beings can gain insight into the meaning of life, understanding it's value and dignity and strive to leave more fulfilling lives.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mtc6 on 27 Nov. 2013
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I would recommend this book and it has a CD to assist meditation. It is easy to follow and has helped me to deal with the pain and helped me relax alot more. I find it easier to live in the moment now.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Raymond F on 10 Sept. 2013
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Mindfulness for Health makes mindfulness simple, practical and accessible. The programme can change your life and is easy to follow. For anyone living with pain or illness or experiencing aches and pains due to stress - get this book. Packed full of case histories, all the benefits are well illustrated. I liked the 10 minute meditations on the cd very much. Vidyamala Burch has spent decades developing the Breathworks programme that is the foundation of the book, and it shows. Not just nice theory, all the techniques have been honed through both her and Danny Penman's personal experience as shown in the way they talk about using mindfulness to deal with their own injuries. Highly recommended to anyone with pain, stress or illness or just wants to learn more about mindfulness and be shown how to apply it to life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie on 14 July 2014
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I tend to be a bit sceptical about these sorts of things, but I bought this with an open mind and I really can't recommend it enough.

The book strips away the more spiritual elements of mindfulness meditation that many may find off-putting, and it roots its approach instead on sound, scientific evidence. It guides you through an eight-week course, at the end of which you can continue with mindfulness independently, mixing and matching the meditations that are best suited for you. All you have to do are two ten-minute meditations per day, plus a habit releaser like patiently watching a kettle boil, but the effects are far-reaching. Most of the things this course teaches you are common sense, but being made to actively readjust your attitudes each day really does begin to make a difference.

I've been suffering from frequent migraines for some time, and I bought this book during a particularly bad period. I can honestly say it has really helped (and is continuing to help) me with my approach to life in general, not just with dealing with the migraines. At its heart, mindfulness is about encouraging you to focus on what's actually happening in the present moment, and appreciate that life is a flow of changing sensations, thoughts and emotions, rather than allowing yourself to get bogged down by every thought or feeling that crosses your mind or body. I'm far from being a zenned-up yogi, but I find myself less weighed down by negative thoughts, and more aware of everything that's happening around me, leaving me more open to appreciate the small, simple pleasures in life.

This truly is a life-changing book!
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