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An astounding book on the transformation of suffering. Written by Darlene Cohen, steeped in Zen through the Shunryu Suzuki lineage.

An astounding book on the transformation of suffering. Her teaching is absolutely practical inspired by her tragic suffering caused by deforming arthritis. Her practical advice is for all kinds of suffering, that is to say for all of us.

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Darlene Cohen discovered the secret to finding happiness in the midst of debilitating pain. Cohen, who has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for eighteen years, was hobbling painfully to her local Zen center one day, when she made a discovery that changed her life: if she focused on the foot that was in the air rather than the one that was hitting the pavement, her stamina increased enormously. It was the beginning of a completely different approach to the crippling pain that had beset her for so long.

For the past 20 years author Darlene Cohen has had rheumatoid arthritis, a painful and crippling condition. Turning Suffering Inside Out : A Zen Approach for Living with Physical and Emotional Pain.

Turning Suffering Inside Out : A Zen Approach for Living with Physical and Emotional Pain. 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. Read full description. Turning Suffering Inside Out: A Zen Approach to Living with Physical and Emotional Pain by Darlene Cohen (Paperback, 2002). Brand new: lowest price.

My Zen teacher Darlene Cohen, one of the most authentic and inspiring people I've ever met, passed .

My Zen teacher Darlene Cohen, one of the most authentic and inspiring people I've ever met, passed into the great mystery on January 12th, 2011. I first learned about her when I read her book, Finding Joy in the Heart of Pain (now called Turning Suffering Inside Out ). This was at a time in my life when I was still struggling enormously with chronic illness and pain, and reading her book was like a drink of cold water in the desert. Darlene was no stranger to illness and pain. She had rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune inflammatory condition affecting the joints, for more than 30 years. When the disease first struck her, she lost 40 pounds and was forced to stay in bed.

She suffered much of her life from severe rheumatoid arthritis. She embodied her teaching through working with and learning from her difficulty, and exuded both joy and wisdom. I often think about my plans and my future

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Darlene Cohen discovered the secret to finding happiness in the midst of debilitating pain. She shares her knowledge in her popular workshops and now in this book. Cohen, who has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for eighteen years, was hobbling painfully to her local Zen center one day, when she made a discovery that changed her life: if she focused on the foot that was in the air rather than the one that was hitting the pavement, her stamina increased enormously. It was the beginning of a completely different approach to the crippling pain that had beset her for so long. As she demonstrates here, this approach can be expanded to all types of pain: physical, psychological, and spiritual. 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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Asyasya
Cohen brings to Buddhism the feminine quality of a personal ordinary approach that deepens my understanding of its wisdom. For example, koans have always been mysterious to me. Cohen brings them down to earth. She created a personal koan as an aid to quit smoking. She repeatedly asked herself the question: "Why is smoking so important to me?" Then she paid mindful attention to her thoughts about and experiences with smoking. For about five days, smoking became even more important to her, and it seemed she could never stop. However, in another few days she had spontaneously quit. She explains her belief that koans "set up an unconscious process that reverberates through the mind and resonates in every corner."

This book deals with the Buddhist idea that pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional. Example: you sprain your ankle. The pain is clear and sharp, unavoidable. Suffering is your conceptualization about the pain: "Oh, no. What if I'm permanently damaged and can't run again." Cohen notes that all of us do naturally conceptualize about the pains of our lives, but there is a difference in taking our thoughts as absolute truth and noticing that they shift and change.

One of my favorite chapters is on dealing with the anger pain provokes. Cohen has become quite skilled at having what she calls temper tantrums. She transcribes a phone conversation she had with the customer-service rep of a mail-order company that had messed up her order. She is inspiring. Without abuse, and with strong feeling and clear demands, she gets a supervisor on the phone who soon agrees to override an absurd "company policy," make appropriate adjustments for her, and pay for the phone call.
Bu
I read this book several years ago when I sustained a permanent injury to my SI joint. I also have nerve damage there, and in my foot. Some days it really sucks.

This book is an excellent approach to managing pain and health issues that seem unmanagable - that feel like they have stolen your life and taken all joy from you. The author's approach is very practical and doable... learn to focus on what is right in your life... on moments.

Life is not made up of big events. Life is made of the tiny joys in every day. But when you are buried in pain, you have to train yourself to find them.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You owe it to yourself, and to your loved ones, to read it. It's very hard to suffer... it's also hard to watch someone suffer. Take a positive step in the middle of what seems impossible and read this book.

Really.
Kriau
This is one of my go-to books for coping with chronic pain and illness, and which I recommend to everyone I come across who is new to the issue. The author's story of how she coped with illness that kept her bedridden and unable to do anything for herself is one of the most inspiring that I've ever read.
Adaly
An astounding book on the transformation of suffering. Written by Darlene Cohen, steeped in Zen through the Shunryu Suzuki lineage. Her teaching is absolutely practical inspired by her tragic suffering caused by deforming arthritis. Her practical advice is for all kinds of suffering, that is to say for all of us.
Landaron
I knew Darlene when we were both in our 20's. I never would have predicted she would become so wise, so profound. Having rhumatoid arthritis forced her to practice Zen with great dedication and it shows in this book. This book is one of the best books translating Buddhism into everyday life that I have ever read.
Gavidor
Darlene Cohen is an inspiration. She bluntly describes her transformation from a hot-tempered restless young woman and provides excellent guidance for all of us. I wish I had known her personally.
Brannylv
This is truly an "inside out" approach to suffering and to life in general. Counter intuitive and profoundly true and helpful in ways nothing else I've encountered had been helpful.
This is a great book for anyone you know who is suffering from any challenges, physical or mental in life. It provides great support.
Turning Suffering Inside Out download epub
Alternative Medicine
Author: Darlene Cohen
ISBN: 1570628173
Category: Health, Fitness & Dieting
Subcategory: Alternative Medicine
Language: English
Publisher: Shambhala; 1 edition (October 8, 2002)
Pages: 272 pages