As 2014 draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about the books that I’ve been recommending to clients to read this year, to support them on their Body Mind Unwind journeys.
Mindfulness was very “in vogue” in 2014 which was great to see, because living mindfully helps us reduce anxiety and cope with stress.
There are, of course, hundreds of “living mindfully” books out there, but by far my favourite is “Mindfulness for Health – a practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring wellbeing” by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman, which includes a CD of guided mediations. I love this book because it’s highly practical – it’s not only about living mindfully, it also emphasises techniques to help us live and cope with chronic pain and illness as well as stress, anxiety and depression.
Clinical trials show that mindfulness meditation can be as effective as prescription painkillers and also enhances the body’s natural healing systems. Mindfulness can also reduce the anxiety, depression, irritability, exhaustion and insomnia that can arise from chronic pain and illness.
Mindfulness for Health is based on a unique meditation programme developed by Vidyamala Burch to help her cope with the severe pain of spinal injury. Taught at Breathworks in the UK – and its affiliates around the world – this programme has helped tens of thousands of people cope with pain, illness and stress. The eight-week programme at the heart of the book takes just 10-20 minutes per day.
This book has been life-changing for at least six of my clients – here are some reviews:
“When I first came to you I had niggling aches, pains and stiffness. I was suffering from anxiety and stress which I was struggling to deal with. You introduced me to mindfulness meditation, breathing, yoga and treatment sessions – all of these have given me an arsenal of really useful techniques and tools to help me move forward. I can now confront my fears and deal with my stress, enabling me to handle life, feeling able to cope. The pain has gone and my flexibility has improved. The difference is immeasurable for me and my family – for which I am very grateful!”
“Sometimes you just need to meet the right person who can help you and guide you, and it makes such a difference. For me, it was you getting me to do mindfulness meditation; whether it was luck or something else that made me meet you, it has made a big difference – thank you!”
You can go it alone and buy the book and CD kit and just dive straight in – working week by week with each chapter and the two ten minute meditations. Or you can sign up to a supported ten week online course. The book and the course are available at www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk. Why not check it out?
I feel privileged that I can help guide people to re-connect with their body and their mind, and that I can support my clients to improve their love of life so significantly.