How to Be Sick

How to Be Sick

A Buddhist-inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

Book - 2010
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2011 Nautilus Book Award -- Gold Medal in Personal Growth/Self-Help/Psychology

2011 Nautilus Book Award -- Silver Medal in Memoir/Personal Journey

This life-affirming, instructive, and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is - or who might one day be - sick. It can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or life-threatening illness. Authentic and graceful, How to be Sick reminds us of our limitless inner freedom, even under high degrees of suffering and pain.

The author - who became ill while a university law professor in the prime of her career - tells the reader how she got sick and, to her and her partner's bewilderment, stayed that way. Toni had been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer engage in those difficult and taxing forms. She had to learn ways to make "being sick" the heart of her spiritual practice - and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. And whether we ourselves are ill or not, we can learn these vital arts from Bernhard's generous wisdom in How to Be Sick .
Publisher: Boston : Wisdom Publications, c2010
ISBN: 9780861716265
Branch Call Number: 294.34442 BER NVD
Characteristics: xvii, 191 p. ; 23 cm


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Jun 14, 2018

I'm not into tradition. I don't care what foreign term you call your lists or beliefs. I don't care who you are quoting from your belief community to substantiate yourself, either. So, taking away the subjective experience and boiling down the message into a few pages of succinct paragraphs at the end of the book was all that was required for me to understand and appreciate the points.

Aug 31, 2017

This book is amazing!!! I don't think there is a person alive who cannot benefit from this book. When I saw it was endorsed by Rick Hanson, the author of Buddha's Brain. I knew I had to read it. It's an easy read and can be read just a few pages at a time or in its entirety.

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