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How to be Sick : A Buddhist-inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers - Toni Bernhard

How to be Sick

A Buddhist-inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

Paperback Published: 10th September 2010
ISBN: 9780861716265
Number Of Pages: 176

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2011 Nautilus Book Award &; Gold Medal in Personal Growth/Self-Help/Psychology

2011 Nautilus Book Award &; Silver Medal in Memoir/Personal Journey

This life-affirming, instructive, and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is - or who might one day be - sick. It can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or life-threatening illness. Authentic and graceful, How to be Sick reminds us of our limitless inner freedom, even under high degrees of suffering and pain.

The author - who became ill while a university law professor in the prime of her career - tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner's bewilderment, stayed that way. Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer engage in those difficult and taxing forms. She had to learn ways to make "being sick" the heart of her spiritual practice - and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. And whether we ourselves are ill or not, we can learn these vital arts from Bernhard's generous wisdom in How to Be Sick.

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"Toni Bernhard's book, How To Be Sick--A Buddhist's Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers, is an invitation to gently set aside the fear and the fight in order to truly live. It is based on principles of Buddhism, which she carefully applies to her own chronic and at times debilitating illness. She offers a different perspective on illness and wellness, suggesting the two need not be mutually exclusive."--Psychology Today
"If you want to better understand how to deal with a chronic illness, or you are the caregiver for someone who is chronically ill, read How to be Sick."--The Caregiver's Voice

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
How Everything Changed
Getting Sick: A Romantic Trip to Parisp. 1
Staying Sick: This Can't Be Happening to Mep. 9
Accepting Pain
The Buddha Tells It Like It Isp. 21
The Universal Law of Impermanencep. 27
Who Is Sick?p. 37
Finding Joy and Love
Finding Joy in the Life You Can No Longer Leadp. 45
Soothing the Body, Mind, and Heartp. 51
Using Compassion to Alleviate Your Sufferingp. 57
Facing the Ups and Downs of Chronic Illness with Equanimityp. 73
Turnarounds and Transformations
Getting Off the Wheel of Sufferingp. 89
Tonglen: Spinning Straw into Goldp. 97
With Our Thoughts We Make the Worldp. 103
Healing the Mind by Living in the Present Momentp. 111
What to Do When (It Seems) You Can't Do Anythingp. 121
Zen Helpsp. 127
From Isolation to Solitude
Communicating with Carep. 139
The Struggle to Find Community in Isolationp. 145
And in the End...p. 159
A Guide to Using the Practices to Help with Specific Challengesp. 165
With Gratitudep. 179
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 185
About the Authorp. 193
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ISBN: 9780861716265
ISBN-10: 0861716264
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 10th September 2010
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.32

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