Q: I’ve lost my free CD
A: You can also download the meditations to your phone/tablet/computer from the address in the final paragraph of Chapter One. This address can also be found at regular points throughout the book.
Q: Is it possible to buy a replacement CD?
A: No, unfortunately.
Q: The downloads aren’t working!
A: Please double check you are typing the address in the book correctly. It’s very easy to spell mindfulness as ‘mindfullness’, for example. If that doesn’t work, and you are using a slow connection, then the meditations can take 10-20 seconds or more to begin downloading. Our servers are fast but sometimes glitches on the line can slow things down.
Q: I suffer with severe health anxiety and OCD and am considering trying mindfulness. Do you think I would benefit from the 8 week course in the book? I cant decide whether to try to do it myself or join a group 8 week course.
A: Yes, I do think that the book will help you. We’ve had many emails from people who say that they have benefited. Have a look at some Amazon reviews to see for yourself. Please remember, though, to consult your doctor or counsellor and to follow their advice. It’s important to remember that there is no rush. Take your time following the programme in our book. I do think you should also try an 8 week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course. You will likely find help and support from people who are on a similar journey to you. Most teachers will also recommend that you read our book as a course companion.
You can find your nearest course on this page.
Q: I suffer from severe vertigo attacks. How can mindfulness help me?
A: Mindfulness can help with vertigo etc. Have a look at this page at the excellent Breathworks site. Strange as it may seem, vertigo and tinnitus share many common features with chronic pain. As a result, our book Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing can help (published in the US as You Are Not Your Pain). The Breathworks page details the necessary modifications to the programme in the book.
Q: Hey there guys I have a question about following the breath mediation from your book. I have found that focusing on the abdomen brings up a lot of uncomfortable feelings and a headache. I believe I have a lot stored feelings in my solar plexus. Can we focus somewhere else in the body? I’ve heard people talk about using the nostrils.
A: Instead of focusing on the abdomen, you can try focusing on the nostrils or throat instead – or anywhere that you can find a strong ‘signal’.
Q: Would it be permissible for me to use some of the exercises from your book, written or spoken in my own words, to share this wonderful resource and help others?
A: You can certainly set up a small reading/self help group with our book as a focus. A great many mindfulness groups around the world now use our books as a template for their courses and urge participants to read our books. Our book ‘Mindfulness’ is also used to train teachers in the UK’s Mindfulness in Schools Programme. Mindfulness for Health (You Are Not Your Pain in the US) is used in many of the UK’s hospitals to help people with chronic pain. We are delighted by all this.
If you’d like to use shortish quotes from our book as part of anything you write then that’s OK too. However, the publishers will need to give you formal permission for anything that is longer or of a commercial nature. In many cases this will be free. You can contact the Permissions Department at Little,Brown here. For non-UK territories, contact the local publisher directly.
Sorry if this sounds overly formal, but publishers are quite keen on protecting intellectual property.
Q: I’m having problems with the Audible version of Mindfulness for Health/You Are Not Your Pain. There are 38 chapters in my Audible book but they don’t correspond to the chapters in the book. Is there a proper track listing and a reminder of which meditations I’m meant to be doing each week?
A: Rather confusingly, Audible have a habit of calling the tracks that make up an audiobook ‘chapters’ rather than ‘tracks’, so firstly I do want to assure you should have the full audiobook with the meditations. The eight meditations, as with the physical book, appear throughout the various chapters. However, the eight guided meditations are also collected at the end of the audiobook (so in this case in ‘chapters’ 31-38) and can be easily accessed from there.
In general digital audiobooks (downloaded from Audible UK and other retailers) don’t come with a track list so unfortunately we don’t have that on this end.
However we do have a list of the order in which the eight meditations appear, which appear in tracks 31-38 of your audiobook:
Track 31 Meditation One: The Body Scan Meditation
Track 32 Meditation Two: Breathing Anchor Meditation
Track 33 Meditation Three: Mindful Movement Meditation
Track 34 Meditation Four: Compassionate Acceptance Meditation
Track 35 Meditation Five: Treasure of Pleasure Meditation
Track 36 Meditation Six: Open Heart Meditation
Track 37 Meditation Seven: Connection Meditation
Track 38 Meditation Eight: Three-Minute Breathing Space Meditation
Q: How can I contact you?
A: You can reach Danny via the contact page. Please note, the phone number on the that page is for urgent media calls only. Please respect Danny’s privacy and his family time.