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How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers by [Toni Bernhard, Sylvia Boorstein]
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"A immensely wise book. Health psychology has been poisoned by the view that the best way to approach illness is through a muscular, militant resistance. This books shows otherwise. Bernhard reveals how letting go, surrendering, and putting the ego aside yield insights and fulfillment even in the presence of illness. This is a major contribution."--Larry Dossey, MD, author of Healing Words

"You don't have to be sick to benefit from the advice in this book. This is a book on how to live fully."--Joy Selak, author of You Don't LOOK Sick!

"An inspiring work"--Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace

"Beautiful, heartfelt, and immensely courageous. Truly worth reading."--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

"An inspiring and instructive guide for coping with a chronic condition or life-threatening illness but it is much more than that. Each chapter is about unpacking the highest truth in the lowest places of our lives. The book is entitled How To Be Sick but I found that it's really about how to live."--Jim Palmer, Author of Divine Nobodies, and Wide Open Spaces

"This book could easily be called "How to Be Well." Toni Bernhard's hard-won wisdom dealing with chronic illness teaches us how to be kind to ourselves, to counter negative thoughts about our life and our health, and to live fully in the present--neither regretting the past nor fearing the future. Who among us couldn't use these life-affirming skills? Bravo!"--Susan Milstrey Wells, author of A Delicate Balance: Living Successfully with Chronic Illness

"How does one face a chronic illness? In 2001 law professor Bernhard became sick from a virus that no doctor has been able to treat. Faced with ongoing disabling symptoms, forced to give up her profession, and unable to take part in most of the activities she loves, Bernhard has dug into the roots of the Buddhism she once studied intensively, looking for resources to cope with such devastating loss. She clearly explains how such Buddhist principles as the four noble truths, impermanence, no-self, and dependent origination help her cope with limited energy and frequent enforced solitude. No longer able to meditate formally, Bernhard describes a set of easy mental practices, drawn from her own daily experiences as well as vipassana (insight meditation), Zen koans, Tibetan Buddhist compassion exercises, and the "inquiry" technique of author Byron Katie, a practice for working with thoughts. Bernhard's applications of Buddhism are sound and her insights gentle and honest; others may take heart from her determination to use the Buddha's timeless wisdom to ease the mental suffering brought about by unrelieved physical illness."----Publishers Weekly

"Full of hopefulness and promise...this book is a perfect blend of inspiration and encouragement. Toni's engaging teaching style shares traditional Buddhist wisdom in a format that is accessible to all readers."--The Huffington Post

"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 --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Toni Bernhard received a J.D. from the University of California, Davis where she taught law for 22 years until forced to retire due to the illness she writes about in How to Be Sick. From 1992-1998, she served as the law school's Dean of Students. At the time she became ill, she had a longstanding Buddhist practice and co-led a weekly meditation group with her husband Tony. They live in Davis, CA with their hound dog, Rusty.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN : B00440D81K
  • Publisher : Wisdom Publications; 1st edition (10 May 2010)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 2468 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 217 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. Doesn't offer miracle cures, instead it tells you how to cope with there not being a miracle cure.
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