Mindfulness can help you find a calmer way to live life despite having pain.

Do you feel that you are in a daily battle with your pain?

Is your mind full of thoughts, fears, frustrations or muddle?

Do you feel like you are always rushing?

Do you hate the idea of “accepting your pain” or “coming to terms with it”?

Mindfulness can help you find a calmer way to live life despite having pain.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is merely paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. It is based on meditation practice which helps you;

  • Allow your mind to settle more in the present moment
  • Accept what is here, for better or worse
  • Let go of fruitless and exhausting struggles
  • Focus your energy on the things that we can change.
  • Mindfulness doesn’t remove uncomfortable situations from our lives, but to help us relate to them in a different way.

Mindfulness meditation has been used for thousands of years within the Buddhist tradition. The benefits of meditation practice for health and wellbeing have been researched, and now a non-religious version of the mindfulness approach is widely offered by the NHS as part of effective healthcare.

If you would like to find out more about Mindfulness, there are some very good resources available. Here are a few we recommend:

Online Video Resources

Websites

Reading

‘Mindfulness for Health’ by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman

‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’

by Mark Williams and Danny Penman

How do you learn to be more Mindful?

Learning to be more mindful requires a little teaching and a lot of practice.

Many people find attending a course helps them to understand mindfulness more and start practising meditation regularly.

You can find courses online via this Breathworks link or ask in the library for help to find local courses in your area. There are also two mindfulness courses run at the St Michael’s Hospice in Herefordshire, one for health problems and the other for stress .

If you'd like to give Mindfulness a try, there are many resources available on the internet. Here are some Mindfulness resources that we recommend:

Gloucestershire NHS Mindfulness Course

The Gloucestershire Pain Self-Management Service offers an NHS course specifically tailored for people with persistent pain. The team involved with the course are all qualified and experienced mindfulness teachers. The course involves attending seven or eight weekly half-day sessions in a group, and daily meditation practice at home. Referral is via the pain self-management service.

The course is based on the Breathworks ‘Mindfulness for Health’ book by Burch and Penman which is available from most book retailers or via Gloucestershire County Council libraries. Please note, the book states that mindfulness often makes pain and stress ‘dissolve’. In our experience, although mindfulness may not necessarily dramatically reduce pain, it can change how people think and feel about the pain and that can make a significant difference to how pain impacts on their life.

We also recommend ‘Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World’. This is also available from Gloucestershire County Council libraries. It includes a CD of meditations and we feel can be especially useful when people have busy, stressful lives.

Below are some comments by previous attendees on our Mindfulness course:

“Mindfulness has brought me a peace and contentment with my situation that I have not experienced for many years.”

"I was fairly sceptical as to its usefulness for me and my pain and to what level it might help me. After a few weeks and investing the time, I found it truly helpful in changing my attitude to my sensation."

Youtube Resources (for during the course)

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