How to Be Sick

Author: Toni Bernhard
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861716264
Format: PDF
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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.

How to Be Sick

Author: Toni Bernhard
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861719263
Format: PDF
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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.

How to Be Sick

Author: Toni Bernhard
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0861719263
Format: PDF, Kindle
Download Now
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.

How to Wake Up

Author: Toni Bernhard
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290679
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Intimately and without jargon, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow describes the path to peace amid all of life's ups and downs. Using step by step instructions, the author illustrates how to be fully present in the moment without clinging to joy or resisting sorrow. This opens the door to a kind of wellness that goes beyond circumstances. Actively engaging life as it is in this fashion holds the potential for awakening to a peace and well-being that are not dependent on whether a particular experience is joyful or sorrowful. This is a practical book, containing dozens of exercises and practices, all of which are illustrated with easy-to-relate to personal stories from the author's experience.

How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Author: Toni Bernhard
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614292639
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Comfort, understanding, and advice for those who are suffering--and those who care for them. Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Beloved author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help readers make peace with a life turned upside down. In her characteristic conversational style, Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness. Benefit from: • Mindfulness exercises to mitigate physical and emotional pain • Concrete advice for negotiating the everyday hurdles of medical appointments, household chores, and social obligations • Tools for navigating the strains illness can place on relationships Several chapters are directed toward family and friends of the chronically ill, helping them to understand what their loved one is going through and how they can help. Humorous and empathetic, Bernhard shares her own struggles and setbacks with unflinching honesty, offering invaluable support in the search to find peace and well-being.

You Don t Look Sick

Author: Joy H. Selak
Publisher: Demos Medical Publishing
ISBN: 1936303426
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Chronicles one person's true life story of illness and her physicians compassionate commentary as they journey through the four stages of chronic illness; Getting Sick, Being Sick, Grief and Acceptance and Living Well. Designed for people at all stages of the chronic illness journey, this book is also illuminating for caregivers and loved ones.

Chronic Resilience

Author: Danea Horn
Publisher: Conari Press
ISBN: 1573245941
Format: PDF, Kindle
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44 million between 20 and 65 live with one or more chronic diseases. Chronic illness comes with stress, and Chronic Resilience provides a complete self-help blueprint for managing the difficulties chronic illness presents. Each chapter contains the inspiring stories and insights of women dealing with cancer, autoimmune disorders, idiopathic pulmonary hypertension, transplant, Chron's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, a cranial nerve tumor, Cushing's disease and diabetes. Chronic Resilience shows how to: Stop focusing on things that are out of control - Stop pushing yourself so hard - Develop self-compassion - Shift your perspective, activities and expectations to keep your quality of life as high as can be

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired Living with Invisible Chronic Illness New Edition

Author: Paul J. Donoghue
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393342832
Format: PDF, Docs
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Unlike a leg in a cast, invisible chronic illness (ICI) has no observable symptoms. Consequently, people who suffer from chronic fatigue, chronic pain, and many other miseries often endure not only the ailment but dismissive and negative reactions from others. Since its first publication, Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired has offered hope and coping strategies to thousands of people who suffer from ICI. Paul Donoghue and Mary Siegel teach their readers how to rethink how they themselves view their illness and how to communicate with loved ones and doctors in a way that meets their needs. The authors' understanding makes readers feel they have been heard for the first time. For this edition, the authors include a new introduction drawing on the experiences of the many people who have responded to the book and to their lectures and television appearances. They expand the definition of ICI to include other ailments such as depression, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. They bring the resource material, including Web sites, up to the present, and they offer fresh insights on four topics that often emerge: guilt, how ICI affects the family, meaningfulness, and defining acceptance.

The Art of Disappearing

Author: Brahm
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 086171668X
Format: PDF, Docs
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We strive to make life go smoothly for ourselves and others, but that is expecting from the world something it cannot give. Ajahn Brahm presents timeless wisdom for learning to abandon the headwind of false expectations and follow instead the path of understanding in order to find true joy within. By releasing our attachment to past and future, hope and fear, we can settle into the stillness underlying all our thoughts and discover the bliss of the present moment.

ChronicBabe 101

Author: Jenni Grover
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781534677883
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Are you struggling to reclaim your identity after getting sick? Frustrated with relationships that have gone sour, or a career that's stalled out? Ready to feel more savvy, sexy, and confident as you navigate your chronic illness journey? It's time to learn how to be a ChronicBabe! This course-in-a-book contains ten lessons in essential areas that women with chronic illness need to address in order to craft a life beyond chronic illness - to become more than professional patients. Through personal stories, expert interviews, encouraging exercises, and hundreds of resources, author Jenni Grover teaches sick chicks how to become total babes! Jenni was 25 when her world was turned upside down by fibromyalgia, anxiety, asthma, and a handful of other chronic conditions. She has used her experience to build an online community for women with chronic illness who want to be more than professional patients-who want to feel empowered despite serious illness. Since 2005, Jenni has taught thousands of women how to take charge of their lives through her website, videos, and speeches around the world. In ChronicBabe 101, she schools you on relationships, career, emotional well-being, sexuality, personal organization, and so much more. Lessons in the book include: - It All Starts with Learning to Practice Acceptance - Learn to Kick Those Bad Habits to the Curb - It's Time to Turn Around Negative Thinking - Establish Healthy Boundaries to Create Confidence - Learn to Love Your Body Again - Build Your "Team" to Maximize Support - Strengthen Personal Relationships to Weave a Safety Net - Adapt Your Education and Career to Boost Success - Become a Talented Communicator - Get Organized: Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Systems Experts interviewed in ChronicBabe 101 include: - Toni Bernhard, author of How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers - Caryn Feldman, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) Center for Pain Management - Kerri Morrone Sparling, award-winning chronic illness advocate in the diabetes community and creator of the SixUntilMe blog ...and many more!