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Kindly Awareness: Managing Pain, Illness and Stress with Guided Mindfulness Meditation Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Breathworks (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955012023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955012020
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,947,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The CD on Kindly Awareness has helped me through years of chronic pain. -- Olga Kenyon

The Kindly Awareness meditation is great for connecting you with the whole of humanity with kindness. -- Sandy Rose - Chronic Fatigue sufferer

The recordings show what a great and deep understanding the speakers have of chronic pain. I strongly recommend them. -- Jan Sadler of Pain Support - painsupport.co.uk

About the Author

Vidyamala was born and raised in New Zealand and first became interested in meditation in 1985, when receiving hospital treatment for a spinal injury. She then moved to the UK in 1990 to live at a Retreat Centre in Shropshire, training further in meditation and preparing for ordination into the Western Buddhist Order. In 1996 she moved to Manchester and in 2001 she started teaching mindfulness-based approaches to others living with physical pain and illness. In 2004 she founded Breathworks with Sona. Her spinal condition deteriorated further in the late nineties and she now uses crutches or a wheelchair for mobility, but she says that her overall quality of life has continued to improve as she has become more and more adept at managing the responses to her physical condition and enriching her life in other ways. The CD's are co-lead by Vidyamala's partner Sona. Sona started meditating in London in 1972 and was ordained into the Western Buddhist Order in 1974. He has led retreats in the UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden, North America, Australia and New Zealand. At present he runs courses in Buddhist studies, meditation and pain management.


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Highly recommended. I have used it regularly for about two years and know that it has had a good effect on me. It is presented in a very clear, accessible, jargon-free manner. The two presenters, Vidyamala and Sona, (female and male respectively) have many years of meditation practice and teaching behind them and this clearly shows. Both present the meditations in a manner which manages to be both imaginative and down-to-earth, and which reflects their deep experience of Buddhist practice over many years. They work for an outfit called Breathworks (based in Manchester, UK) which offers courses in living well and in pain management. Both of these themes find their way into the way they present these meditations.

On the Kindly Awareness CD, each of the presenters leads through a practice which they call the Kindly Awareness practice. This consists of a series of five reflections designed to develop positive emotions towards oneself, to a friend, to a "neutral person", to someone one is finding difficult, and to the rest of humanity. Those with knowledge of Buddhism will recognise that the practice borrows intelligently from the traditional set of practices called the Brahmaviharas. The reflection includes some helpful guidance on dealing with physical and emotional pain and discomfort.

Overall the disc has a very practical feel to it, and I would recommend it strongly to both beginners and experienced meditators. (I have had a regular meditation practice for 16 years and have found it very helpful).
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I'd been practising the Metta Bhavana (Development of Kindness) in it's traditional form for about 25 years when I came across Vidyamala and Sona's adaptation of it. I think both ways of doing it are very good, but Vidyamala and Sona have adapted the practice specifically for people suffering from chronic pain and/or other chronic conditions, and I think it works very well. It helps you to empathise first with your own suffering, but then to expand outwards to use your pain as a point of empathy with all beings. Fantastic!
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I have found all the CDs offered by Breathworks very helpful. They were a revelation and life line when I first met them as part of the course at the Manchester Buddhist Centre. Since then they have become a staple of my meditation and efforts to lead a more mindful and aware life rather than being tugged in all different directions by events and outer stimuli in general. I particularly like and need this CD because it bridges the gap between self and others. Quietness, peace, awareness are achieved but the next stage, that of moving out to touch others and bring them into your world with all the risks this involves is inspired. Vidyamala and Sona's, voices, tone, pace reflect their integrity, compassion and deep knowledge and it is a privilege to have access to them on a daily basis.
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The Kindly Awareness recording nurtures an accepting and kindly attitude firstly towards yourself and then outwards to others. I found Vidyamala's voice, in particular, full of compassion, gentleness and understanding, helping to enter a deep state of wellbeing and relaxation. The speed she moves throughout the meditations is just right, not too fast, not too slow. The recordings show what a great and deep understanding the speakers have of chronic pain, stress, other ill-health and the body and the mind. I am sure their meditations will help many others, from complete beginners to those with more experience, to make profound differences to their lives. I strongly recommend them.
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