T Y Lee Mindfulness Series: Mindfulness-based Pain Management as a method to reduce suffering and enhance happiness and well-being
From Ms Ann SHEN _
Vidyamala Burch sustained spinal injuries as a young woman which left her with partial paraplegia and severe chronic pain. She has practised mindfulness and meditation since 1985 and pioneered Mindfulness-based Pain Management (MBPM), based on her own experience.
In 2004 she co-founded Breathworks, which has grown into a flourishing international organisation with 500+ accredited teachers in over 35 countries.
Vidyamala has written three books: ‘Living Well with Pain and Illness’, ‘Mindfulness for Health’, and ‘Mindfulness for Women’. ‘Mindfulness for Health’ was awarded First Prize in the British Medical Association Books Awards in 2014. It has also been endorsed by the UK ‘Books on Prescription’ Scheme.
In 2018 Vidyamala was awarded honorary membership to the British Pain Society for her extraordinary contribution to the field of pain management. In 2019 she was named on the Shaw Trust's Power List of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK.
She teaches internationally as well as featuring on a number of apps and on-line summits and webinars.