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

ISBN-10: 0861716264

ISBN-13: 9780861716265

Edition: 2010

Authors: Toni Bernhard, Sylvia Boorstein

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This book will help and inspire those who must live with the challenges posed by any chronic illnesses, and their caregivers: the relentlessness of symptoms; coming to terms with a life of comparative isolation; weathering fear about the future; facing the judgment of others; dealing with the health care system; and, for a spouse, partner, or other caregiver, adapting to so many unexpected and sometimes sudden life changes. The book begins with the tale of how Toni Berhard got sick and, to her and her partner's bewilderment, stayed sick-detailing all the changes and losses that Toni had to experience as a result of her illness. Toni then goes on to describe how the teachings of the Buddha have taught her the spiritual practice of "how to be sick", meaning how to live a life of equanimity and joy despite her physical and energetic limitations. The chapters in Part Two offer simple practices, ranging from those that are traditionally Buddhist, to others Toni devised after she fell ill, as well as a chapter on the work of Byron Katie, whom Toni has found particularly helpful. The reader need not be a Buddhist to benefit from these practices, or from Toni's inspiring story.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Wisdom Publications
Publication date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

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.

Foreword
Preface
How Everything Changed
Getting Sick: A Romantic Trip to Paris
Staying Sick: This Can't Be Happening to Me
Accepting Pain
The Buddha Tells It Like It Is
The Universal Law of Impermanence
Who Is Sick?
Finding Joy and Love
Finding Joy in the Life You Can No Longer Lead
Soothing the Body, Mind, and Heart
Using Compassion to Alleviate Your Suffering
Facing the Ups and Downs of Chronic Illness with Equanimity
Turnarounds and Transformations
Getting Off the Wheel of Suffering
Tonglen: Spinning Straw into Gold
With Our Thoughts We Make the World
Healing the Mind by Living in the Present Moment
What to Do When (It Seems) You Can't Do Anything
Zen Helps
From Isolation to Solitude
Communicating with Care
The Struggle to Find Community in Isolation
And in the End...
A Guide to Using the Practices to Help with Specific Challenges
With Gratitude
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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