The newest treatment for pain is one of the oldest, most effective strategies for pain-free living: meditation. With Break Through Pain, meditation expert Shinzen Young teaches you how to retrain your relationship to pain through traditional meditation practices. Drawing from 30 years of results in the field, this widely respected teacher offers the essential techniques that have proven successful at pain management centers around the country. Break Through Pain adapts the core principles of mindfulness training to a practical process that can treat even extreme, chronic pain effectively, possibly reducing the need for drugs or surgery. You will learn that, by observing and opening to pain, you can stop resisting it and step outside physical suffering. Step-by-step techniques taught in plain language show how to overcome internal resistancethe key to transforming physical pain into a flow of pure energy. With regular practice, you can tap into your mind's own power to overcome physical pain.
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After reading this book, you will want to own several copies to lend or give to your friends. Shinzen Young writes about his personal experience with chronic pain and provides guidance on how to respond to discomfort and the reactions we experience when we experience discomfort. The book comes with a CD that has several tracks on how to meditate, or how to think, feel, and observe ourselves when we are in pain. Each track on the CD approaches the issue in a different way. One track looks at our emotional responses, and he gentle talks the listener through ways to observe the many (sometimes overlapping) emotions and accept or work with them. Another track, for those in extreme discomfort, simply guides the listener through ways of breathing. Advanced tracks on the CD guide the listener through additional ways of meditating on how pain travels through the body.I have the tracks from this CD on my iPod. It's helpful to be able to listen to any track wherever I go, when I am in pain. Shinzen Young has a calming voice. Even rereading the book helps to diminish that sense of isolation that comes with chronic pain. I highly recommend this book for people living with chronic pain or for those people who take care of someone with chronic pain.
I bought this book years ago when I was in some pain and since the pain was resolved fairly quickly, I put the book aside because I didn't want to be reminded of having to deal with pain ever again. But pain came back into my life recently, so I dug out the book from the back of my library. I was totally amazed to find how informative and enlightening it was on a second read. I applied some of it and was able to reduce my pain. I also read it more deeply so I realized it was not just for big pain, but for all those little aches we all get that are annoying. What Young describes is not a technique, but a way of life that brings in great joy and connectedness with the flow of life.