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Toni Bernhard



Toni Bernhard is an American law professor and author who is best known for her work on living with chronic illness through the lens of mindfulness and other Buddhist principles.

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How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide

Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation.

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How to Cultivate Equanimity Regardless of Your Circumstances

A calm mind and even temper can help make peace with life’s difficulties.

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

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.

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How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

In 2001, Toni Bernhard got sick and, to her and her partner’s bewilderment, stayed that way. As they faced the confusion, frustration, and despair of a life with sudden limitations—a life that was vastly different from the one they’d thought they’d have together—Toni had to learn how to be sick.

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Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

In the book, "How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide," author Toni Bernhard addresses a broad range of topics and how the practices of mindfulness, equanimity, and self-compassion can make life as good and joyful as possible in the face of a diagnosis like Parkinson’s.

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Transforming Envy into Joy

Envy can be turned into joy for the very person you envy.

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Bringing Mindfulness to Loneliness

Toni Bernhard has a mindfulness exercise for bringing compassion to feelings of loneliness.

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How to Use Mindfulness to Lose Weight

First things first. Not everyone who might be categorized as overweight needs to lose weight or can lose weight. In addition, for medical reasons, some people need to eat whenever they’re hungry.

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Have You Listened to Your Self-Talk Lately?

At a retreat in the late 1990s, Buddhist teacher, Mary Orr, told us an eye-opening tale. She was in the middle of a harried day in which she had too much to do and too little time in which to do it.

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It’s Time to Stop Taking Things Personally

Cognitive distortions are errors in thinking. Although they’re easy to define and often easy to recognize in ourselves, they can be hard to overcome. They’re worth learning about and working on, though, because they can make us miserable (or, as I think of it, intensify our mental suffering).

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