Episode 183 :: Toni Bernhard :: How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow

| September 28, 2013 | 2 Comments


Toni Bernhard

Today we speak with Toni Bernhard about her new book How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow.

Life is made of a wide variety of experiences. Some encourage and inspire, energize and lighten us, while we may find other experiences discouraging, or depressing. Our practice is getting to the heart of how to relate to what happens in life, every day, but sometimes it helps to have a bit of guidance on that path.

Toni Bernhard has been a longtime meditator, going on long meditation retreats and spending many hours rigorously practicing, but soon discovered that she simply could no longer engage in those difficult and taxing forms. She had to learn ways to make ‘being sick’ the heart of her spiritual practice — and through truly learning how to be sick, she learned how, even with many physical and energetic limitations, to live a life of equanimity, compassion, and joy. She is author of the award-winning “How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers,” and the newly released “How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for Navigating Joy and Sorrow.”

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Pomegranite smoothie.


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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. Mark Knickelbine says:

    I really like Toni’s understanding of awakening, and it’s clear that she has the most important indicator of an awakened mind — a compassionate heart. She might be the first Internet bodhisattva!

  2. Mariehtp Mariehtp says:

    Same as Mark, plus the distinction that she makes between sorrow and suffering. A pity the podcast was so short. She is really a pleasure to listen to. Thank you!

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