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

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Wisdom Publications, Aug 27, 2013 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 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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About the author (2013)

Toni Bernhard is the acclaimed author of How to Be Sick, a Spirituality & Practice ?Best Spiritual Books of 2010” winner, and winner of two Nautilus Awards. She's been interviewed on radio across the country and internationally, and is a regular contributor to Psychology Today online. She maintains a personal relationship with her many thousands of fans on Facebook.

Toni fell ill on a trip to Paris in 2001 with what doctors initially diagnosed as an acute viral infection. She has not recovered. In 1982, she'd received a J.D. from the School of Law at the University of California, Davis, and immediately joined the faculty where she stayed until chronic illness forced her to retire. During her twenty-two years on the faculty, she served for six years as Dean of Students.

In 1992, she began to study and practice Buddhism. Before becoming ill, she attended many meditation retreats and led a meditation group in Davis with her husband. She lives in Davis with her husband, Tony, and their hound dog, Rusty. Toni can be found online at tonibernhard.com.

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