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

Front Cover
Wisdom Publications, May 10, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 176 pages
21 Reviews
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 endless 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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
15
4 stars
4
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0

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

User Review  - Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading) - Goodreads

I've been living with chronic illness my entire life: I was born with a genetic immune deficiency which has worsened with age. Along with the immune deficiency, I have several other auto-immune ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kara Kozla - Goodreads

I think that if you are ready that this book is an excellent tool. When I first got sick I might have thrown this book at you. I would have told you I wouldn't need it, that I was going to get better ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

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.

Sylvia Boorstein is the author of many well-known books, including It's Easier Than You Think, Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist, and Don't Just Do Something, Sit There. She lives in Geyserville, California.

Bibliographic information