"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 challenges faced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The book 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 book 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.
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. Her newest book is called How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide. Before becoming ill, she was a law professor at the University of California—Davis. Her blog, “Turning Straw Into Gold” is hosted by Psychology Today online. Visit her website at http://www.tonibernhard.com.