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How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers | [Toni Bernhard]

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

How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives.
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How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challengesfaced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The audiobook contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives. A recurring theme in the audiobook is that, although our bodies may be in pain or otherwise disabled, our minds can be at peace. The book is Buddhist-inspired but is non-parochial; it is intended to help everyone.

Until she had to retire due to illness, Toni Bernhard was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California-Davis, serving six years as the law school's dean of students. She had a longstanding Buddhist practice and co-led a weekly meditation group with her husband. How to Be Sick won the 2011 Nautilus Gold Book Award in Self-Help/Psychology and was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Spirituality and Practice. Her new book is titled How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. She can be found online at www.tonibernhard.com

©2010 Antonia Bernhard (P)2013 Antonia Bernhard

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    What made the experience of listening to How to Be Sick the most enjoyable?

    I love the content of this book. Originally, I bought the paperback version, but I wanted to enjoy it again with less effort. With the audio version, I was able to passively enjoy this book all over again. It was a wonderful experience.


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    This book really gave me new perspective of my illnesses and how I react to the situations that come about due to it. Instead of suffering, I have learned to find the positive through the experience.


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    It helps to have knowledge of the Buddhist Philosophy before reading this book.

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    Niels Utrecht, Netherlands 07-11-13
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    There are several powerful concepts in Buddhism that do actually offer relief for someone like me, who is chronically ill. The authors personal story is remarkable and her advice is quite valuable. Some parts were more interesting than others but overall it was a listen that I wouldn't want to have missed.


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    If you are interested in Buddhism and have a chronic disease this is a great book.

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