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!). 🙂
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.
- Getting sick – A romantic trip to Paris
- Staying sick – This can’t be happening to me
- The Buddha tells it like it is
- The Universal Law of Impermanence
- Who is sick?
- Finding joy in the life you can no longer lead
- Soothing the body, mind and heart
- Using compassion to alleviate your suffering
- Facing the ups and downs of chronic illness with equanimity
- Getting off the wheel of suffering
- Tonglen – Spinning straw into gold
- With our thoughts we make the world
- Healing the mind by living in the present moment
- What to do when (it seems) you can’t do anything
- Zen helps
- Communicating with care
- 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. 🙂 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! 🙂