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One important thing about this audiobook, is that the author, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, is the narrator. Narrator is not quite the word actually. He doesn't narrate. He comforts and gently, ever so gently guides the listener to a better place. Where- or whatever that is. JKZ leaves that to you to choose. It is not new-agy, touchy-freely mambo-jumbo. Although he clearly offers techniques used in Yoga, that is not Yoga. Nor is it "spiritual" (although he has a very interesting take on the meaning of that word in another book that I also rated 5 stars: Wherever You Go, There You Are). He is not preaching Buddhism (again, he explains his references to Buddhism in Wherever You Go...). His meditation techniques are down to earth. Precisely. Literally, mentally, physically down to earth.
Even for one who doesn't experience the kind of acute, debilitating chronic pain he mentions in the book, this is a very comforting read. The sound of his voice, the rhythm and tone in his speech pattern make you feel safe. It made me feel I was in a presence of friend who knew me, understood me, and knew what to say to sooth whatever hales me.
It is the kind of book that should be covered by health insurance.
20 of 23 people found this review helpful
This speech/talk provides instruction, theory, and background information on the concepts of mindfulness meditation for pain management. Kabat-Zinn offers guided imagery/meditation exercises and step by step encouragement with this program. Excellent for people suffering with chronic pain. A gentle positive approach by a true expert in the field of mind-body medicine. Easy to use and extremely helpful. Highly recommended.
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What made the experience of listening to Meditation for Pain Relief the most enjoyable?
If you are interested in mindfulness meditation techniques and unable, for whatever reason, to attend the actual course, Kabat-Zinn's book is an excellent introduction. Narrated by the author and containing guided meditations, the Audiobook affords the listener the opportunity of an 'aural transmission' from a meditator of considerable experience.Kabat-Zinn's gently modulated tones create an ideal atmosphere for meditating, as the Author encourages the listener to tune into or out of the narration as necessary. Kabat-Zinn's experience as a meditator and meditation teacher is evident in the light touch he brings to bear on all the frequently encountered challenges to the development of a regular meditation practice.
Have you listened to any of Jon Kabat-Zinn’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I've also listened to "Full Catastrophe Living" and "Wherever you go, there you are" and feel that this particular performance, being more gently modulated in pitch, pace and intensity, is ideally suited to the purpose at hand.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I have been using this audiobook twice a day for the last three months and have found Kabat-Zinn to be a faithful, non-judgmental and supportive meditation guide: my meditation practice has flourished and I appear to be reaping the rewards in terms of mental and emotional wellbeing. Highly recommended.
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If you could sum up Meditation for Pain Relief in three words, what would they be?
Easy and effective
What did you like best about this story?
Story aside, I have tried many audio books for pain relief meditation over the years and this is by far, way out there in front, the best. It is grounded in clinical research and is backed up by many other resources if you want to go further, although I don't think there is any real need as this is so good. I may change my mind when I've been using it longer than a few weeks, time will tell.
Which character – as performed by Jon Kabat-Zinn – was your favourite?
This isn't really an appropriate question given the subject matter, but I do like the fact that it's presented/read out by the Doc who instigated the programme . You really get a sense of his dedication and commitment in developing the programme.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Definitely and many times more.
Any additional comments?
I would recommend this to anyone who experiences chronic debilitating pain. It is a no nonsense practical resource which contains the best and easiest instructions for developing mindfulness I have ever come across. It also contains some truly life enhancing information. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Was comforted by Jon's depth and tone of voice. Between each meditation, he maintains that lovely voice so that l meditated throughout each chapter while being informed. So much better than his youtubes.
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