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How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

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This life-affirming, instructive and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is — or who might one day be — sick. And 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 even life-threatening illness.

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 long-time 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 sick now or not, we can learn these vital arts of living well from How to Be Sick.

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"Her story is authentic and speaks right to the heart.... Full of hopefulness and promise, the valuable tools she offers are sure to comfort others who are suffering devastating loss and illness." Huffington Post

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"An 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.... [A] major contribution." Larry Dossey, MD author of Healing Words

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Author Toni Bernhard offers hope and inspiration for those who must live with a chronic illness. From the relentlessness of symptoms and coming to terms with a life of comparative isolation to weathering fears about the future and dealing with the health care system, Bernhard draws on her own story of illness and recovery to teach readers to adapt to unexpected and sometimes sudden life changes. How to Be Sick offers simple practices, ranging from those that are traditionally Buddhist to others the author devised while coping with her own illness. With a chapter on the work of Byron Katie, whom Bernhard found particularly helpful, and much more, any reader — Buddhist or otherwise — can find solace and healing with How to Be Sick.

About the Author

Toni Bernhard received a J.D. from the School of Law at the University of California, Davis, and immediately joined the faculty where she stayed until chronic illness forced her to retire. During her twenty-two years on the faculty, she served for six years as Dean of Students. In 1992, she began to study and practice Buddhism. She lives in Davis with her husband, Tony, and their hound dog, Rusty.

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Patricia Snow, January 21, 2012 (view all comments by Patricia Snow)
Toni Bernhard, a practicing Buddhist, writes from experience. She suffers from Chronic Fatigue, an illness that is very little understood, not least because of its unfortunate name. Her illness has forced her to give up her college teaching position. She has gone from being an outgoing social being to being an isolated invalid, often unable to spend time even with her own children and grandchildren. Her book was written with the hope helping others with chronic illness ways to cope not only with the pain of illness, but also with the feelings generated by being ill while surrounded by active, healthy people. Over and beyond that, though, her book is inspirational to all of us coping with the normal stresses of life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780861716265
Author:
Bernhard, Toni
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications (MA)
Author:
Boorstein, Sylvia
Author:
Bernhard, Tony
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 216 pages Wisdom Publications (MA) - English 9780861716265 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Her story is authentic and speaks right to the heart.... Full of hopefulness and promise, the valuable tools she offers are sure to comfort others who are suffering devastating loss and illness."
"Review" by , "An 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.... [A] major contribution."
"Synopsis" by , Author Toni Bernhard offers hope and inspiration for those who must live with a chronic illness. From the relentlessness of symptoms and coming to terms with a life of comparative isolation to weathering fears about the future and dealing with the health care system, Bernhard draws on her own story of illness and recovery to teach readers to adapt to unexpected and sometimes sudden life changes. How to Be Sick offers simple practices, ranging from those that are traditionally Buddhist to others the author devised while coping with her own illness. With a chapter on the work of Byron Katie, whom Bernhard found particularly helpful, and much more, any reader — Buddhist or otherwise — can find solace and healing with How to Be Sick.
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