How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 19, 2013 - Self-Help - 240 pages
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.

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Ten Thousand Joys Ten Thousand Sorrows
Cultivating Wisdom
Change Change Change
Self as EverShifting Flow
Cant Get No Satisfaction
The Unquenchable Thirst
Looking More Deeply at Suffering and Dissatisfaction
Choiceless Awareness 11 Awakening tothe Body through Mindfulness 12
Kindness Compassion Appreciative Joy and Equanimity 13 ThePsychological Statesof Awakened Beings 14 To Cultivate anOpenHeart Set Aside Jud...
Start withYourself 17 Appreciative JoyAnAntidote toEnvyand Resentment 18 Equanimity Fully Engaging ThisLife as It Is 19 Intentionally Turning ...
In the End
Onward Down the Path

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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

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