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Today is my birthday and received this book I just ordered and read it through (an achievement in itself these days!) "How to be Sick:" a Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers," by Toni Bernhard Just lovely notions of about acceptance, loss (of former self, friends, profession, etc.) and how to use basics of Buddhist practice when dealing with our own illness: to completely feel but try to let go of guilt, bitterness, sorrow, and loss and embrace the happiness of others without envy, our own abilities given our limitations, and solitude. Basically, she emphasizes not to judge ourselves, and treat ourselves with compassion and kindness. Especially like how she advises a breath practice where INSTEAD of breathing in "health and well being" and exhaling "suffering," to do the opposite and extend a sense of self-care and nurturing to others. In other words, try not to panic and really feel what is happening, but to try and let it go. This is especially true in relationship to others in our lives: to embrace what other people can and cannot do for us with understanding. So for my birthday I extend hope and good wishes to all!