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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (5 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074995924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749959241
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,110 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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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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I love, love, love this book, and would recommend it to anybody. I just wish I'd found it sooner! The eight week course is easy to follow, even if you don't manage the suggested schedule perfectly you can always repeat a week before moving on. The guided meditations are really good and have become part of my daily life. And the best thing of all? It actually works. I was taking a strong painkiller for early onset of osteoarthritis (I'm 29), but this book has helped me manage my aches and pains in such a way that I hardly notice them anymore. I feel happier, healthier, more present and alive.
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My physio told me this might help, not finished the book yet, but what I have read I can totally relate to. Only a beginner at the moment and trying to switch off is difficult but you go at your own pace, it is a long term buy in, this sort of therapy does not work in a week, you get out as much as you put in.
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Two months after starting this book I had to have an MRI scan of my brain on account of severe migraines. I got through the half-hour procedure without incident – an amazing feat, given that I am claustrophobic. I have no doubt that it’s this book, and its meditations, that got me through it (Vidyamala’s voice is so wonderfully soothing). The only thing I’d add is that, to really benefit from the book, one needs to set aside more than the suggested eight weeks.
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Really worth having a go at this programme if you are stressed and have pain. Inparticular it has helped me relax at bedtime and sleep well and also recharge in the middle of the day when weariness sets in. The book is very well written and makes a lot of sense.
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This book was recommended to me and initially I as doubtful if it could help me however it has proved to be of assistance. It is written in a clear and concise manner and this together with personal experiences included in the are useful.

The CD is a good aid to understanding how to cope with Mindfulness; the narrator has a clear calming voice which aids concentration. I would recommend this to any one who is suffering from acute pain as a useful tool to help towards living as normal a life as possible.
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This is life-changing for anybody battling chronic pain. A rediscovery of ancient meditation techniques combined with modern science and medical research, this is really an entry point to an exciting new way of mind-body management.
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Although I already practiced Mindfulness meditation and although when I first read the book I wasn't in pain (so just substituted the word pain for stress) I found the book and the meditations hugely beneficial. Mostly in terms of feeling there was more space, more time, in my life, and also that I could really value not just each day but each moment.

But then I had to have an operation and the 10 minute guided meditations really came into their own. Vidyamala's voice is so kind and reassuring (and it really helps knowing that she knows what it's like to live with chronic pain) it gave me the confidence to be with what was happening to me and feel safe and able to care for myself.

I had been feeling scared, very, very anxious and unable to face what was happening but the Mindfulness meditations, especially the ones that help you be with what is happening without having to try to block it out but also without feeling overwhelmed, really, really helped me through what could have been a very distressing time. My inner resources have been built up rather than depleted by the experiences of the last few weeks thanks to this book.
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