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

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

by Toni Bernhard
How to Be Sick (Second Edition): A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

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

by Toni Bernhard

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Overview

A brand-new edition of the best-selling classic with added and updated practices.

In 2001, Toni Bernhard got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way. As they faced the confusion, frustration, and despair of a life with sudden limitations—a life that was vastly different from the one they’d thought they’d have together—Toni had to learn how to be sick. In spite of her many physical and energetic restrictions (and sometimes, because of them), Toni learned how to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. This book reminds us that our own inner freedom is limitless, regardless of our external circumstances.

Updated with new insights and practices hard-won from Toni’s own ongoing life experience, this is a must-read for anyone who is—or who might one day be—sick or in pain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614294788
Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 406,155
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Toni Bernhard fell ill on a trip to Paris in 2001 with what doctors initially diagnosed as an acute viral infection. She has not recovered.

In 1982, she’d 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. Before becoming ill, she attended many meditation retreats and led a meditation group in Davis with her husband.

She lives in Davis with her husband, Tony, and their hound dog, Rusty.

Toni can be found online at www.tonibernhard.com.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sylvia Boorstein xv

Preface to the Revised Edition xix

Preface to the First Edition xxiii

How Everything Changed

1 Getting Sick: A Romantic Trip to Paris 3

2 Staying Sick: This Can't Be Happening to Me 11

Pain Is Part of Life

3 The Buddha Tells It Like It Is 23

4 The Universal Law of Impermanence 29

5 Who Is Sick? Who Is in Pain? 39

Finding Peace and Joy

6 Finding Joy in the Life You Can No Longer Lead 49

7 Soothing the Body, Mind, and Heart 55

8 Using Compassion to Alleviate Your Suffering 61

9 Facing the Ups and Downs of Chronic Illness with Equanimity 79

Turnarounds and Transformations

10 Getting Off the Wheel of Suffering 99

11 Tonglen: Spinning Straw into Gold 107

12 With Our Thoughts We Make the World: An Appreciation of Byron Katie 113

13 The Present Moment as a Refuge 121

14 Wise Action: What to Do and What Not to Do 135

15 Zen Helps 147

Balancing Community and Isolation

16 Communicating with Care 159

17 Connecting with Others and Appreciating Solitude 167

18 And in the End… 181

A Guide to Using the Practices to Help with Specific Challenges 185

With Gratitude 199

Recommended Reading 205

Index 207

About the Author 219

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