6 Mindfulness Books to Read This Spring

From unwinding anxiety thought loops to exploring mindfulness for adult ADHD, here’s what the editors at Mindful are reading this month. Plus, three mindful podcasts in our playlists.

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1) An Anatomy of Pain How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen, MD •

Anyone whose doctor ever asked them to describe pain on a scale from 1 to 10 knows just how hazy our understanding of pain is. There is perhaps nothing more private, or more lonesome, than your own pain. Even though pain is the main event that causes us to seek medical attention, if a doctor can’t find the source of the pain, and treat it, they’re very unlikely to have much sophisticated help to offer you for managing the pain.

Dr. Lalkhen, who has been helping patients with pain for over two decades, and who is on the Faculty of Pain Medicine at UK Royal College of Anesthetists, hopes to advance all of our understanding—medical professionals and laypeople alike—of the subtleties of pain. And in so doing he asks that we get past some fundamental and harmful misconceptions: “Simply put, we need to stop viewing our bodies as machines that medicine can fix when they go wrong. If people are educated about their body and about pain, perhaps we might put an end to the…