Book Review – How To Be Sick

I normally don’t write book reviews on here but felt I needed to get the word out about a recent one that I finished. Mostly because it has to do with being ill/sick and I know some Spoonies/Lupies follow me. The book I am talking about is called, How to be Sick by Toni Bernhard.

As pictured, I bought the paperback version but you can also purchase this book as an e-book or Audiobook. I like to get my “nerd” on and highlight things to remember, and sometimes an electronic highlighter just doesn’t cut it (I love office supplies!). ๐Ÿ™‚

I am pretty much making this my sickness Bible. Toni offers a great amount of examples which helps the reader think of ways they can apply it to their lives. And if you are a Byron Katie fan, Toni mentions her and includes some of her quotes.

Here is a list of the chapters to give you a better example of what you will be reading.

  1. Getting sick – A romantic trip to Paris
  2. Staying sick – This can’t be happening to me
  3. The Buddha tells it like it is
  4. The Universal Law of Impermanence
  5. Who is sick?
  6. Finding joy in the life you can no longer lead
  7. Soothing the body, mind and heart
  8. Using compassion to alleviate your suffering
  9. Facing the ups and downs of chronic illness with equanimity
  10. Getting off the wheel of suffering
  11. Tonglen – Spinning straw into gold
  12. With our thoughts we make the world
  13. Healing the mind by living in the present moment
  14. What to do when (it seems) you can’t do anything
  15. Zen helps
  16. Communicating with care
  17. The struggle to find community in isolation

As the last chapter finishes, the author has a guide to help with specific challenges (I loved this part!!). A couple challenges include: Blaming yourself for being sick, feeling ignored by family and friends, and suffering due to uncertainty about the future.

I want to thank my cousin, Rebecca, for recommending this book. And of course, I would like to thank the author for writing it. ๐Ÿ™‚ The author has two other books for sale, How to Wake Up and How to Live Well. I currently have How to Live Well on my bookshelf and can’t wait to start it! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Going to Try and Get Back on Track!

I know, I know; where did I go? Here I was typing blog posts and commenting on your own posts and then pretty much nothing. You want to know what has caused my sudden absence??

COLORING.

colors

Yes, coloring. I have always had a love for it but it was deemed more of a ‘child’s hobby.’ But now it’s not and it’s wonderful! ๐Ÿ™‚ I really can’t color that great but hoping to pick up a couple tips. And the sad reason why I’m so excited with this new hobby? I suck at color matching. One of the reasons why it blows goats living alone is that I have no idea what matches. My sister is the smart one in that area, not me. It has even taken place of my READING. I love to write, but love to read more than writing. I was a decent number of books ahead of my goal on Goodreads but now I’m only two books ahead. And that may not be of importance to you but my fellow bookworms know the horror. So yes, coloring has taken over everything. Hahaha!

BUT…

I am going to try to get back on track and read more of your posts, interact with your posts and finish some books. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and if for some reason you see me re-following your blog again, please know I never decided to stop. It seems WP has either had a bug or they are changing things again and that caused an un-follow.

 

 

Failure to Write

I really don’t know what is going on with me lately. I seem to be addicted to FaceBook when I originally wanted to start posting more on this site. I’m not in that much pain, so that isn’t the cause. Some days I can’t tell if my fatigue is kicked into high gear or if I am too lazy.

Awhile ago I had a negative experience with an article that I was writing for one of my city’s magazines. It’s my first ‘no’ or negative experience. I know everyone fails. I know critics will voice their opinion. Yet I seem to be having a rough time letting this go and moving on. This is my only guess to why I can’t think of a thing to write about, even if it is my favorite topic. I am trying to gather thoughts for my other blog, which I will most likely repost on paws2smile.

I have not faltered on my book reading, which I highly enjoy. Every time I decide on something to read, I have this small hope that it will give meย  motivation or ideas to write about. When I read, I fully immerse myself into the act and don’tย think about anything else. That’s one reason I enjoy reading–so I don’t have to think of any of the shit going on in my head. ย But alas, no motivation to put a pen to a piece of paper.

I hope I can snap out of this soon. Does someone have a muse that I can borrow? Or better yet, a lighter to light a fire under my ass??

writing

 

 

*Thanks to http://www.fvquotes.com for use of picture.