58 min

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain & Stress w/ Vidyamala Burch OBE Back to Being Method

    • Health & Fitness

Today I’m speaking with Vidyamala Burch, who is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, author, disability spokesperson and Co-founder of the leading mindfulness organisation Breathworks. Recently she was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List for her services to Wellbeing & Pain Management. Vidyamala’s story is incredible. She began teaching her mindfulness approach for managing pain and illness following her own personal experience living with health challenges. At age 17, she sustained spinal injuries that required multiple surgeries and left her with partial paraplegia and chronic pain. She began to explore mindfulness and meditation as a way to manage her pain and found the results to be life changing and transformative.In this episode we talk about the highs, lows and breakthroughs in her journey, the role of mindfulness and meditation in meeting life’s challenges, and how living with chronic pain shouldn’t end with acceptance when flourishing is possible. 

About Vidyamala: Vidyamala Burch is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, author, disability spokesperson and Co-founder of the leading mindfulness organisation Breathworks. 

In 2001, she developed the world’s first Mindfulness-based Pain Management (MBPM) programme and in 2004 went on to found the Breathworks organisation with Sona Fricker and Gary Hennessey. Today, Breathworks has taught over 100,000 people their mindfulness-approach to coping with pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala is the author of Living Well with Pain and Illness (2008), Mindfulness for Health (2013), and Mindfulness for Women (2016). Mindfulness for Health was awarded first prize in Popular Medicine in the British Medical Association Books Awards in 2014, and was named the best self-help book in its category by health professionals in the UK’s Reading Well Scheme.The British Pain Society awarded Vidyamala an honorary membership for her contribution to the pain management field in 2018, and the Shaw Trust’s Power List named her one of the most influential disabled people in the UK in 2019, 2020 and 2021.Her teachings can be found on meditation apps - Insight Timer, Simple Habit and Mindfulness.com.Connect with Vidyamala:www.vidyamala-burch.comwww.breathworks-mindfulness.org.ukBreathworks Free Community:https://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/breathworks-community-of-practice----------------------

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Today I’m speaking with Vidyamala Burch, who is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, author, disability spokesperson and Co-founder of the leading mindfulness organisation Breathworks. Recently she was honoured as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2022 Honours List for her services to Wellbeing & Pain Management. Vidyamala’s story is incredible. She began teaching her mindfulness approach for managing pain and illness following her own personal experience living with health challenges. At age 17, she sustained spinal injuries that required multiple surgeries and left her with partial paraplegia and chronic pain. She began to explore mindfulness and meditation as a way to manage her pain and found the results to be life changing and transformative.In this episode we talk about the highs, lows and breakthroughs in her journey, the role of mindfulness and meditation in meeting life’s challenges, and how living with chronic pain shouldn’t end with acceptance when flourishing is possible. 

About Vidyamala: Vidyamala Burch is a mindfulness and compassion teacher, author, disability spokesperson and Co-founder of the leading mindfulness organisation Breathworks. 

In 2001, she developed the world’s first Mindfulness-based Pain Management (MBPM) programme and in 2004 went on to found the Breathworks organisation with Sona Fricker and Gary Hennessey. Today, Breathworks has taught over 100,000 people their mindfulness-approach to coping with pain, illness and stress.

Vidyamala is the author of Living Well with Pain and Illness (2008), Mindfulness for Health (2013), and Mindfulness for Women (2016). Mindfulness for Health was awarded first prize in Popular Medicine in the British Medical Association Books Awards in 2014, and was named the best self-help book in its category by health professionals in the UK’s Reading Well Scheme.The British Pain Society awarded Vidyamala an honorary membership for her contribution to the pain management field in 2018, and the Shaw Trust’s Power List named her one of the most influential disabled people in the UK in 2019, 2020 and 2021.Her teachings can be found on meditation apps - Insight Timer, Simple Habit and Mindfulness.com.Connect with Vidyamala:www.vidyamala-burch.comwww.breathworks-mindfulness.org.ukBreathworks Free Community:https://www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk/breathworks-community-of-practice----------------------

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