“Mindfulness and compassion practices should be in everybody’s toolbox for a happier and healthier life. [This] book is essential reading for providers who treat chronic illnesses and for those suffering from them.”—Arianna Huffington
Pain can be a big, unwieldy box that we struggle to carry all day. But what if we could put down this box, unpack it, and tackle the contents one by one? Outsmart Your Pain is Dr. Christiane Wolf’s radically clear, evidence-based guide to relieving chronic pain with mindfulness, complete with twenty easy guided meditations and self-compassion practices, including:
rewriting the “pain story” you tell yourself
practicing loving acceptance of your body as it is
mindfully working through negative emotions
strengthening your inner and outer support systems.
By separating your pain from the stressful thoughts and troubled feelings that come with it, you can lay down your burden and live with joy.
About the Author
Christiane Wolf, MD, PhD is a physician turned mindfulness and compassion teacher and a senior teacher at InsightLA (InsightLA.org) in Los Angeles, California. She trains teachers and teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion to groups and individuals in the US and across Europe. With her medical background, one of her specialties is working with people who suffer from chronic illness and pain. Dr. Wolf is a lead teacher and program developer for the nationwide mindfulness facilitator training for the US veterans Administration.
Dr. Wolf is also a Buddhist teacher in the vipassana (Insight) meditation tradition and has received teacher transmission from Trudy Goodman and Jack Kornfield. She is the coauthor, with Greg Serpa, of A Clinician’s Guide to Teaching Mindfulness. Dr. Wolf lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.
Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is the author of many New York Times–bestselling books.
A Best Mindfulness Book of 2021—Mindful.org
"Mindfulness and compassion practices should be in everybody’s toolbox for a happier and healthier life. But people dealing with chronic health challenges have it especially hard. Dr. Wolf’s accessible, down-to-earth—and beautifully designed—book is essential reading for providers who treat chronic illnesses and for those suffering from them.
— Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global
A brilliant guide for transforming our relationship with pain. Step by step, we learn to meet difficult experience with mindfulness, curiosity and kindness, dissolving the resistance that obscures our full aliveness and radiant spirit. — Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
This is a fantastic book, bringing together the kindness and depth of a meditation teacher with the science and tools of an experienced physician. Every page is insightful, helpful, and heartfelt. Highly recommended! — Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Resilient and Buddha’s Brain
Brilliant in its simplicity and effectiveness, Dr. Wolf offers us truly healing and revolutionary medicine. Try it! — Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path With Heart
If you are living with any type of pain, be it physical or chronic, stress in the mind or body, Outsmart Your Pain is a wonderful resource. Thoughtfully and compassionately written, this book will support and guide you in understanding your relationship to pain and the healing journey.
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change