Turning Suffering Inside Out: A Zen Approach for Living with Physical and Emotional Pain (Paperback)
A Zen Approach for Living with Physical and Emotional Pain
Shambhala, 9781570628177, 272pp.
Publication Date: October 8, 2002
Cohen--a certified massage and movement therapist and Zen teacher--proposes a radically liberating alternative to the usual desperate search for pain relief: paradoxically, she says, release from suffering lies in paying closer attention to it. When we keep pain at bay, we keep pleasure at bay, too. The two are interdependent, and our ability to experience each is totally dependent on our understanding of the other.
"Enrich your life exponentially," Cohen advises. If your pain is one of the ten things you are aware of, then it constitutes a tenth of your total awareness. Expand your awareness to a hundred things, however, and your pain is only a hundredth of your awareness. With stories, strategies, exercises, and an awareness born of long Zen practice, Cohen shows us how to tap into that enrichment--and how we can lead a satisfying and even joyful life in the very midst of pain.
This book was published in hardcover under the title "Finding a Joyful Life in the Heart of Pain.
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Praise For Turning Suffering Inside Out: A Zen Approach for Living with Physical and Emotional Pain…
"Cohen—a certified massage and movement therapist and Zen teacher—proposes a liberating alternative to the usual desperate search for pain relief."— Branches of Light
"A practical, down-to-earth, and very wise guide to awakening in the midst of our struggle and difficulties."—Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry
"Like the Buddha 2,500 years ago, Darlene Cohen tackles the tough questions—pain, suffering, and despair—and teaches us how to transform them with the help of body and mind awareness, exercise, and deepest attunement and intimacy."—Bernie Glassman, author of Infinite Circle and Bearing Witness: A Zen Master's Lessons in Making Peace