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

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

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. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. 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.

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: 490,855
File size: 943 KB

About the Author

Toni Bernhard is the author of the award-winning How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers and How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. Until forced to retire due to illness, Toni was a law professor at the University of California-Davis, serving six years as the dean of students. She has been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years. Her blog, "Turning Straw Into Gold" is hosted on the website of Psychology Today. She can be found online at www.tonibernhard.com.

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How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Toni Bernhard's first book so much that I lectured myself not to expect too much from this one, feeling that my expectations might be too high. But she's done it again -- given readers a wise and gentle guide to navigating life on life's terms, with all its normal joys and sorrows. "How to Wake Up" offers clear, easily understood explanations of the Buddha's core teachings on wisdom, mindfulness, and open-heartedness, along with practical suggestions for putting them to use. This is no trendy, "Buddhism Lite" self-help book. The language may be unpretentious, but it's clearly anchored in deep knowledge and understanding. An experienced teacher, Bernhard illustrates each concept with common-sense examples from her own life, examples that anyone can relate to. Each chapter includes gentle, practical suggestions for how the reader can experiment with using these ideas in everyday life. Although not a newcomer to Buddhism, I found myself enthusiastically highlighting phrases and paragraphs I want to refer back to, and I enjoyed practicing each of the suggested exercises from chapter to chapter. They were easy to do, and gave me fresh perspective on meeting life's daily bumps and challenges with equanimity. This book will join the small number of favorites I keep on my nightstand for easy reference. It's easily the best introduction to Buddhist principles I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How To Wake Up is a great book. Toni's beautiful writing style gently guides readers on how to re-evaluate how their thoughts guide their emotions. Similar in style to her first book, How To Be Sick, Toni uses stories from her personal life to show how she has learned to approach her own struggles differently from practices she has learned through many years of Buddhist practice. A great read for anyone looking to gain a healthier approach toward life.
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