Outsmart Your Pain

Outsmart Your Pain

Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind

Christiane Wolf


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“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.


Christiane Wolf:
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.