This book was my first introduction to the Tibetan form of meditation called Tonglen.
This is the least expensive source of these recordings I have found.
In 1993 the Bill Moyers TV special called "Healing and the Mind" introduced millions of Americans to Jon Kabat-Zinn and the program he founded at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This program, offered in a hospital setting, teaches the use of mindfulness meditation for dealing with chronic pain. The book describes this program and serves as an excellent guide for anyone who wants to use meditation as a tool to work with stress, pain or illness.
The first tape gives an overview of what entering the zone means and how to do it. The second tape is designed to be used while you exercise. It helps you train yourself in the techniques used for entering the zone.
My primary meditation teacher has been Shinzen Young. What I have to say about meditation has been greatly influenced by what I have learned from him and the aspects of meditation that he emphasizes. However, there are many other aspects of meditation that can be emphasized and many other models that can be used to describe it. Even within the vipassana tradition, different teachers teach differently both in emphasis and in the models they use.
People like Shinzen Young and Jon Kabat-Zinn have a very clear sense of how to use pain as an opportunity for personal and spiritual transformation. In more traditional Buddhist training situations, such as those at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA and Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, CA, you may find the emphasis is not so much on with working with the pain as a vehicle but more on generic standard techniques such as working with breath, achieving spaciousness, and so forth. These procedures, if mastered, bring a state of liberation from suffering and therefore represent the ultimate pain management tool. If you go to a retreat with an IMS or Spirit Rock teacher, you should be prepared to work within their framework.
With that in mind, I recommend the following organizations, all of which are providers of quality retreats.
Vipassana Support Institute
3330 Hannibal Road
Canada L7M 1R7
Toll-free Phone: 866-666-0VSI (0874)
This organization, founded by Shirley Fenton and Shinzen Young, offers retreats and other activities that teach and support the practice of vipassana meditation.
www.shinzen.org This Web site is a place to learn about meditation and its application to pain management. Shinzen has many good articles on meditation on his Web site. He also posts answers to questions posed by readers and there is a page listing upcoming retreats he will be leading.
Spirit Rock Center
PO Box 169
Woodacre, CA 94973
Info line: 415-488-0164 www.spiritrock.org
This organization, founded by Jack Kornfield, offers retreats and other activities that teach and support the practice of vipassana meditation.
Insight Meditation Center (IMS)
1230 Pleasant St.
Barre, MA 01005
This organization, founded by Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein, offers retreats and other activities that teach and support the practice of vipassana meditation.
Mid America Dharma
PO Box 414411
Kansas City, MO 64141-4411 www.midamericadharma.org
This umbrella group sponsors retreats in the Midwest. It can also put you in touch with local sitting groups throughout the Midwest. Sitting groups are groups of people who help support each other's practice by gathering to sit in meditation together.
PO Box 9999
Berkeley, CA 94709
This publication comes out twice a year. It contains articles related to vipassana meditation, and more importantly an extensive list of sitting groups and upcoming meditation retreats in the United States and elsewhere. There is no set cost to receive the publication; it relies on donations.
EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. It involves tapping specific acupuncture points while remembering certain incidents from your past or feeling certain feelings. Once you know how to do this technique, you can do it either on your own or with the guidance of a skilled practitioner. Often this technique can release pain or trauma that has been in place for years and which other healing modalities have not touched.
EFTuniverse.com This page gives many firsthand accounts of using EFT for treating pain, disease and physical issues.
This book has a particularly good section on rotating grains and on using alternatives such as teff, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and bean flours.
This book explains the use of a rotation diet for food intolerance testing.
This book has an excellent rotation diet plan complete with recipes and sources for a large variety of unusual foods to expand otherwise restricted diets. In addition to the usual assortment of alternative products available at health food stores, this book gives sources for items such as game meats, chestnut flour, milo, tuber flours (white sweet potato, cassava, malanga, true yam, water chestnut, etc.), noncorn sources of vitamin C and alternative sweeteners.
A General Guide for Exercises for Arthritis Recovery
The exercises in this book were chosen based on a survey of arthritis sufferers who revealed what actually works. This book explains how to get started, how to tailor an exercise program to your exact needs, and what exactly to do once you are exercising.
This book changed my life by introducing me to the concept of myofascial trigger points.
These two volumes by Travell and Simons are broad in scope and rich in detail. They represent a stellar achievement. The authors not only report on a colossal amount of highly detailed, primary research, they also present the research in a highly integrated, comprehensive, highly useful form. The clear, beautifully done illustrations are a particular joy.
I love this book. Zake's routines take muscle release to a whole new level. However, because the text assumes familiarity with anatomical terms, for many of us, it is not easy to read without a little help. Having a set of muscle flash cards, and pulling out the cards for each muscle in a given routine, is an excellent aid in understanding exactly what Zake is talking about, even if you haven't studied anatomy.
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