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↠´ Read ↠´ How to Wake Up by Toni Bernhard ✓ I didn t think much of this book when I started reading it I ve read other books about Buddhism and related topics that I ve found inspiring, illuminating, and intellectually challenging in a good way The I read, though, the I noticed that the author was doing exactly what she set out to do provide the reader with practical advice on dealing with the suffering dissatisfactions annoyances of daily life As a long time Buddhist and someone with a chronic illness she was diagnosed with a viral infection in 2001 from which she has not recovered , Toni Bernhard has had many years of practice in finding equanimity under difficult circumstances. This is not a book geared to those who are physically unwell Bernhard has already written that book , but counsel for anyone who wants to be happier and is ready to consider that Wonderfully insightfulAnyone who ever has any distress, challenges, discomfort, pain, illness, etc would be well served in reading this book Key is how we relate and work with what comes up rather than pushing away what we don t want or clinging to what we do. If Goodreads offered us the ability to rate a book 7 stars, I would use it for this book More than anything I ve ever read, I believe this book has the ability to change lives for the better Pretty sure it wouldn t matter whether you re an atheist, Buddhist, devout Christian or follower of some other religion regardless, I believe this book contains lots of practical wisdom for helping you live a skillful, mentally healthy life Check it out. Also, I want to mention that I d never have picked up this book on my own I m almost positive it would ve struck me as way too touchy feely New Agey trite I m taking a 6 week class on meditation practice and this book was assigned by our teacher to whom I ll be eternally grateful. I also have
How to Wake Up lacks the vitality of Bernhard s first book, How to Be Sick, which is becoming a deserved touchstone in Buddhist books This volume is of an introduction to mindfulness albeit one of the most direct and practical primers on the subject that I have read. Toni Bernhard was a long time professor and dean at UC Davis s law school before becoming irredeemably sick with a mystery disease that has her bedridden for most of the day She was a practicing Buddhist at the time her illness set in, and almost lost her faith though faith isn t quite the right word here before realizing the techniques she had learned could help with her grief and disappointment Her first book passed on those techniques to others dealing with chronic illnesses She then started writing for Psychology Today, and those essays became the seeds o many of the chapters in this book, she says. The book suffe I ve read a number of books along these lines What sets this one apart is the simplicity, clarity and above all, the humility of the author s style At no time does she come across as a guru instructing her disciples from a lofty height of enlightenment Rather she allows us to see her own struggles, vulnerabilities and failures during her many years as a practitioner The warmth and intimacy in which she shares with her reader the insights and wisdom she s learned along the way gives us the impression of having a conversation with a trusted friend I d recommend this book highly to anyone seeking greater peace, compassion and understanding in their lives. How To Wake Up, by Toni Bernhard is an easy to read and compelling introduction to Buddhist thought and practice As I have been learning recently about Buddhism, none of the basic ideas were new to me, and yet I would encourage even people who are not new to Buddhism to read it, as well as those who are Toni gives fresh perspectives and personal examples which are thought provoking and useful There are beautiful quotations at the start of each chapter, which I very much enjoyed, as well as passages that I know I will want to refer to when I am struggling with particular issues With her clear and comforting style, I think many will find this book becomes a friendly guide to keep close and refer to many times. A book for anyone who wants to feel at ease with life A brilliant writer does it again A journey toward enlightenmentToni s stories are relevant for overcoming obstacles to our journey in life. I was unsure how she could ever add to her brilliant book How to Be Sick, but she has She is a truly gifted writer. Toni relates Buddha s terms and teachings in a way that is easy to understand This is especially helpful for a non Buddhist person, such as myself She teaches us how not to become fixed in our person or our way of thinking I think when we receive this information without judgment we can see that every day, every moment, offers opportunity for enlightenment. As an educator, I easily see Toni s own experiences as teacher professor by the way each chapter builds on the previous This is important to readers, such as me, who are not familiar with many of the terms Regardless of how we resist change, change is inevitable as 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 Beautifully written, it is one of the clearest, easiest to understand, practical book on Buddhism It s suitable for newbies to Buddhism and yet has something too for experienced practitioners Bernhard explains that we can awaken to peace and well being by recognizing our resistance to impermanence or change, no fixed self and suffering or dissatisfaction is what causes dukkha, and by cultivating wisdom, mindfulness, compassion, kindness and appreciative joy Overall a wonderful book and now one of my favourites Toni Bernhard has done it again I truly loved this book as much as How to be Sick The joy I ve found with reading Toni s books is that before I ve even finished reading one of them, the ideas included in their pages and the practical exercises to ease suffering are already with me, helping me through life in a tangible way These books are a guide for life Thank you Toni.