How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow

How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow

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by Toni Bernhard
     
 

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Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow describes the path to peace amid all of life’s ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow—and this opens up access to a kind ofSee more details below

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Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow describes the path to peace amid all of life’s ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow—and this opens up access to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstance. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author’s experience.

How to Wake Up, is written in the same conversational style as Bernhard’s acclaimed, How to Be Sick. Bernhard writes as if she is talking directly to the reader. This creates an intimacy that feels as if she and the reader are friends. In addition, she has the remarkable ability to take complex concepts and ideas and explain them in the language of everyday life, so that readers can easily understand how the subject at hand applies to their particular circumstances. Finally, she has the courage to share her own struggles and setbacks; this unflinching honesty is an invaluable aid to readers as they try to find their way to the peace and well-being we all seek.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drawing inspiration from the Buddha’s awakening, Bernhard addresses this ancient tradition’s core ideas in a wise, gentle guide to reducing suffering. Her previous book (How to Be Sick) described her efforts to adapt skillfully to a chronic, life-changing illness. Here she explores Buddhism’s heart to show how “we have the potential to awaken to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful.” With assurance the author blends clear explanations, examples, and easy practices (such as the “tracing exercise” to identify the source of dissatisfaction) from her circumscribed life to explore how wisdom, mindfulness, and open-heartedness can improve well-being. The relevance of classic topics such as the three marks of existence (impermanence, no fixed self, and suffering) is deftly investigated. Her discussion of “tanha” (desire) teases out the difference between wholesome aspirations and harmful craving, a sometimes thorny topic for students of Buddhism. While the market is saturated with good introductions to Buddhism, Bernhard excels at demonstrating from personal knowledge that the Buddha’s promises to ease suffering aren’t just empty words. (Sept.)
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“Toni Bernhard deftly presents deep, profound teachings in an amazingly simple, accessible way. It's like taking a powerful healing medicine that goes down like a delicious milkshake. Bravo!”—James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy

“Toni Bernhard's beautiful book is a new invitation to investigate the Buddha's teachings in the laboratories of our own lives. How to Wake Up will be greatly appreciated by readers new to the Buddhist path, as well as by seasoned practitioners.”—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness

“This is a book for everyone.”—Alida Brill, author of Dancing at the River's Edge

“All-purpose advice as good as your grandmother gave you, and just as straightforward and heartfelt.”—Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine

“Toni Bernhard has done it again—sharing wisdom teachings in a way that makes them mightily accessible and helpful without any sacrifice of depth. I love this book!”—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance

“This remarkable, warm, encouraging, and crystal-clear book expresses the ancient wisdom of the Buddha in universal, twenty-first-century terms. I honestly think it is one of the best Buddhist books I've read in a long time.”—Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain

“I'm often asked what book to read as a comprehensive introduction to Buddhist practice. Now I have one: How to Wake Up.”—Kevin Griffin, author of One Breath at a Time

“A beautiful, wise, and practical book presenting the Buddha's teaching for our contemporary world.”—Gil Fronsdal, author of The Issue At Hand

“The beauty of this book is how clear, wise, and helpful it is. Both while reading it and after, you can put it to use; this is what literature is for. It's something to cherish and practice.”—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of Shaman and 2312

“A fresh and articulate voice interpreting ancient wisdom for our modern times.”—Sylvia Boorstein, author of It’s Easier Than You Think

“Practical and insightful. In this book you'll find a path to living with greater ease and freedom, awakening to possibilities you may not have known existed before.”—Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of The Now Effect

“Clear, concise and accessible to anyone wishing to cultivate a path of greater awareness and understanding.”—Christina Feldman, author of Compassion

“A wonderfully clear guide to engaging all the joys and sorrows of our experience with awareness, grace, and wisdom.”—Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace

“Toni writes with clarity and insight that makes ancient Buddhist teachings accessible to our modern lives.”–Danea Horn, author of Chronic Resilience

“This wonderful book is an easy-to-follow guide that will help you learn skills of mindfulness and compassion, ultimately leading to true happiness.”—Kristin Neff, PhD, author of Self-Compassion

“Toni Bernhard has away of articulating the Buddha's profound understanding of the nature of the human condition in such a way that truly brings it into the contemporary world and makes it relevant for everyone.”—Dr. John Peacock, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre

“Toni Bernhard has a stunning talent for telling stories and offering
insights. How to Wake Up give us tools for navigating our way through the
joys and challenges of an ordinary human life in a way that alleviates
suffering and cultivates balance.”—~Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation

James Baraz
"Toni Bernhard deftly presents deep, profound teachings in an amazingly simple, accessible way. It's like taking a powerful healing medicine that goes down like a delicious milkshake. Bravo!"
Sharon Salzberg
"Toni Bernhard's beautiful book is a new invitation to investigate the Buddha's teachings in the laboratories of our own lives. How to Wake Up will be greatly appreciated by readers new to the Buddhist path, as well as by seasoned practitioners."
Tara Brach
"Toni Bernhard has done it again--sharing wisdom teachings in a way that makes them mightily accessible and helpful without any sacrifice of depth. I love this book!"
Rick Hanson
"This remarkable, warm, encouraging, and crystal-clear book expresses the ancient wisdom of the Buddha in universal, twenty-first-century terms. I honestly think it is one of the best Buddhist books I've read in a long time."
Gil Fronsdal
"A beautiful, wise, and practical book presenting the Buddha's teaching for our contemporary world."
Sylvia Boorstein
"A fresh and articulate voice interpreting ancient wisdom for our modern times."
Elisha Goldstein
"Practical and insightful. In this book you'll find a path to living with greater ease and freedom, awakening to possibilities you may not have known existed before."
Christina Feldman
"Clear, concise and accessible to anyone wishing to cultivate a path of greater awareness and understanding."
Joseph Goldstein
"A wonderfully clear guide to engaging all the joys and sorrows of our experience with awareness, grace, and wisdom."
Kristin Neff
"This wonderful book is an easy-to-follow guide that will help you learn skills of mindfulness and compassion, ultimately leading to true happiness."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614290674
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
08/19/2013
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
174,384
File size:
1 MB

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“This is a book for everyone.”—Alida Brill, Psychology Today and author of Dancing at the River's Edge

“A fresh and articulate voice interpreting ancient wisdom for our modern times.”—Sylvia Boorstein

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