Going To Pieces Without Falling Apart
For decades, Western psychology has promised fulfillment through building and strengthening the ego. We are taught that the ideal is a strong, individuated self, constructed and reinforced over a lifetime. But Buddhist psychiatrist Mark Epstein has found a different way.
This book was a bit of a hit and miss. I thought it would cover more about coping during a crisis. I also disagreed with some of his psychological beliefs. I was still able to get a broader perspective on how Buddhism and psychology can work together.
How to Love (Mindful Essentials)
Thich Nhat Hanh brings his signature clarity, compassion, and humor to the thorny question of how to love. He distills one of our strongest emotions down to four essentials: you can only love another when you feel true love for yourself; love is understanding; understanding brings compassion; deep listening and loving speech are key ways of showing our love.
This book is very accessible (the most accessible I’ve read!) and has lots of little tips and insights to help you become a more loving person. Formatting for the kindle is awesome.
How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers
This life-affirming, instructive, and thoroughly inspiring book is a must-read for anyone who is – or who might one day be – sick. It can also be the perfect gift of guidance, encouragement, and uplifting inspiration to family, friends, and loved ones struggling with the many terrifying or disheartening life changes that come so close on the heels of a diagnosis of a chronic condition or life-threatening illness.
How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide
In her characteristic conversational style, Bernhard shows how to cope and make the most of life despite the challenges of chronic illness
I’m not a buddhist but both of the above books by Bernhard helped me a lot. At times, the buddhist theory got a little bit too complex. I still gained a lot of useful insights and practical strategies to help me deal with the specific challenges of long term illness.