Kindly Awareness: Managing Pain, Illness and Stress with Guided Mindfulness Meditation Audio CD – Audiobook, 4 Apr 2005
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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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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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this CD to help me to cope with psychotherapy, which I am having for long-term depression. I also suffer from severe migraine. Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 2009 by Charlotte
This CD stands on its own, but is an excellent complement to Vidyamala's other disks. If you've been doing Loving Kindness meditation for years, it'll revitalise... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2006 by C Hopper