Prof. Toni Bernhard J.D.

Toni Bernhard

I’m 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." My newest book is called "How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide." Before becoming ill, I was a law professor at the University of California—Davis. My blog, “Turning Straw Into Gold” is hosted by Psychology Today online. Visit my website at http://www.tonibernhard.com.

Books Toni has Published

How to Wake Up

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. 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

How To Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

A Mindful Guide

"How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness" offers comfort, understanding, and advice for those who are suffering—and those who care for them. Chronic illness creates many challenges, from career crises and relationship issues to struggles with self-blame, personal identity, and isolation. Beloved author Toni Bernhard addresses these challenges and many more, using practical examples to illustrate how mindfulness, equanimity, and compassion can help readers make peace with a life turned upside

How to Be Sick

A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers

"How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers" is a life-affirming, instructive, and inspiring book about living gracefully and purposefully with the challenges faced by those with chronic pain or illness. These conditions, while not always life-threatening, are life-disrupting and stressful. The book contains over two dozen tools and practices to help people live skillfully and to find equanimity and joy despite the profound changes in their lives. A recurring