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Living Well with Pain and Illness: The Mindful Way to Free Yourself from Suffering

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After two serious spinal injuries, Vidyamala Burch found herself facing the loneliness of disability and chronic pain with few skills or resources to turn to. But instead of giving up, she set out on a mission to embrace her physical challenges with compassion, acceptance, and peace. Living Well with Pain and Illness shares the fruits of her courageous life's work, teachin ...more
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Published February 1st 2010 by Sounds True (first published November 6th 2008)
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Kat Davis
This book is based primarily on Eastern philosophies and pays close attention to the idea of mindfulness. I read it as part of a pain management course for my rheumatoid arthritis. I've had RA for nearly 13 years and it is starting to take a toll on my joints, reducing my mobility and drastically increasing my levels of pain.

People say arthritis is like having bad toothache all over your body you can do nothing about. I am lucky and have only several really bad joints, so I prefer to think of it
a VERY helpful practical book that shows the what and the how of separating primary pain from secondary suffering. the first is sometimes unavoidable; the second is thoroughly optional. but we need wisdom to know the difference in being aware and dealing with pain.
The title is misleading in that it implies a purely physical interpretation of pain and/or illness. For more thoughts on this book:

I would recommend this book to anyone who has tried to read John Kabat-Zinn's Full Catastrophe Living and didn't make it through or for someone who wants to rediscover similar principles but in a different voice.

I'm not very far into this book, but so far it is pretty helpful in describing the difference between pain/illness and the attitudes or reactions to pain/illness, which exacerbate the suffering. I think it will fit in with other things I have studied.
I think this book is inspirational and appropriate for clinician and client alike.Read it first as an eBook then just had to have it in hard copy on the shelf for ready reference and use.
Jilda Leigh
This gave some great pointers on how to try to manage your pain and illness by using meditation and mind control, breathing, etc.
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