Toni Bernhard got sick in 2001 and has yet to recover. She was a law professor for 22 years but, due to the illness, now had to retire. Faced with learning to live a new life she began to write a manual for herself, both guide her through the tough times and to remind herself of joy. This soon turned into the award-winning book, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers. This has changed people’s lives as they’ve learned to live a life of joy despite their health challenges. Her new book is How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. Discover how she says we can all wake up to what it means to be human – both its stark realities and the potential it holds for us to find peace and contentment. When we’re fully present for our life as it is, whether it’s pleasant or unpleasant, in this very moment we have the potential to awaken to a deeper awareness.
As the great Zen master Alan Watts said: “We all need to go out of our minds at least once a day!” Going Out Of Your Mind with Ed and Deb Shapiro is a chance for you to drop your analyzing and intellectual mind and come into the immediate experience of present awakening. We are irreverent spiritual teachers and don’t take ourselves too seriously so our discussion show has a great sense of humor while also exploring in depth what it means to live with integrity, awareness, kindness, compassion, and humility.
We will be talking with some of the most luminous women and men about how their lives reflect that luminosity, how they relate to the trials and tribulations of ordinary life, and how this can be of benefit to you. They are people from all walks of life: scientists, actors, activists, musicians, comedians, and business leaders – people whose lives you would never have guessed were rooted in meditation and freedom.