More Praise for How To Wake Up


"In a fresh and articulate voice, truly grounded in authenticity, Toni Bernhard interprets ancient wisdom for our modern times."—Sylvia Boorstein, author of It’s Easier Than You Think

“A beautiful, wise, and practical book presenting the Buddha's teaching for our contemporary world.”
—Gil Fronsdal, author of The Dhammapada: A New Translation of the Buddhist Classic

"Toni Bernhard brings new depths of understanding and new possibilities of freedom in this wonderfully clear guide to engaging all the joys and sorrows of our experience with awareness, grace, and wisdom." —Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace

“In How to Wake Up, Toni Bernhard invites us into the conversation of Buddhism.  I can't think of a better way to begin the journey.  As always, Bernhard's writing is lucid, direct, elegant and absolutely authentic.  This is a book for all of us.” —Alida Brill, author of Dancing at the River's Edge

“Do you want to live differently? From the author of How to Be Sick comes a book on how to be well. A careful, lucid and loving interpretation of the medicine first given by Buddha, the great physician, as a universal antidote for our ills: waking up. Follow these simple directions and bring yourself back to life.” —Karen Maezen Miller, author of Hand Wash Cold

"Casually open this book to any page, and there are teachings and practices always right there. Read it through, and emerge with a whole set of teachings leading to awakening. Like her last book, How to Wake Up is highly personal, very readable, and filled with wisdom."—Mary Grace Orr, teacher, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and Founding teacher of Insight Santa Cruz

“Separateness, isolation, and competition have guided western civilization to a precipice. But beyond the thinnest of veils lies another reality, in which we are infinite, united, and one. This realm is our birthright; it does not have to be invented or manufactured, only realized. This luminous book shows how.” —Larry Dossey, M.D., author of One Mind

“Toni Bernhard brings an elegant simplicity to a deep and nuanced exploration of this very human project of waking up right now, in this very moment. Highly recommended for those new to the path as well as those who are already deeply immersed." —Mu Soeng, author of The Heart of the Universe

“Toni writes with clarity and insight that makes ancient Buddhist teachings accessible to  our modern lives. I am honored to recommend this book to anyone looking to live a deeper and more engaging life.”
–Danea Horn, author of Chronic Resilience: 10 Sanity-Saving Strategies for Women Coping with the Stress of Illness

“No one ever said life would be easy, but Toni Bernhard finds a path through the difficulties and points the way to freedom, thereby enabling each of us to embrace our circumstances rather than be swallowed up by them. This is a vital guide for every journey to finding our true home.” —Ed and Deb Shapiro, authors of Be the Change

“Toni Bernhard offers all-purpose advice as good as your grandmother gave you, and just as straightforward and heartfelt.” —Barry Boyce, editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine and

“In the times of confusion, sorrow, and pain that are part of every human life, we long for a map to show us the way to a greater peace, compassion and freedom. In How To Wake Up, Toni Bernhard offers just such a map; clear, concise and accessible to anyone wishing to cultivate a path of greater awareness and understanding.”—Christina Feldman, author of Compassion: Listening to the Cries of the World

“Bernhard advises us to not wallow, but to wake up and embrace our life no matter the circumstance. She shows us how to gain peace of mind in a time of storm; how to be content in times of calamity. A must-read for all.”—Melody T. McCloud, M.D., author of First Do No Harm...In Your Relationships.

“To the lay reader, the foreign sounding names and practices of Buddhism might at first seem to be esoteric and unreachable. In How to Wake Up, Toni Bernhard takes loving hold of them, one by one, and places them gently in the reader's lap. This book is accessible, useful, and filled with her personal insight and wisdom gained from her own challenging experiences with illness and sorrow. It has been a path that has led her to a place of contentment, a place to which she now leads her readers.” —Joy H. Selak, author of You Don't Look Sick! Living Well with Invisible Chronic Illness

"In How to Wake Up, Toni Bernhard deftly presents deep, profound teachings in an amazingly simple,  accessible way. It's like taking a powerful healing medicine that goes down like a delicious milkshake. Bravo!" —James Baraz, author of Awakening Joy

“In How To Wake Up, Toni Bernhard guides us to fully engage our lives as they are, rather than how we wish they could be. Like a wise, compassionate friend who is as imperfect as we are, Toni shares lessons learned from her own difficult experiences and Buddhist sources in a way that is accessible, supportive, and encouraging. How to Wake up is guide that will help us with everyday frustrations and disappointments as well as with the pain of sickness, old age, death, and separation. This is a book for everyone, and everyone should read this book.” —Lizabeth Roemer, co-author of The Mindful Way Through Anxiety

"Toni Bernhard's beautiful book is a new invitation to investigate the Buddha's teachings in the laboratories of our own lives. How to Wake Up will be greatly appreciated by readers new to the Buddhist path, as well as by seasoned practitioners." —Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness

Toni Bernhard has a stunning talent for telling stories and offering insights. How to Wake Up gives us tools for navigating our way through the joys and challenges of an ordinary human life. I am deeply grateful for this book. It sits at my bedside where I can reach out for it again and again, offering me soul food and practical guidance for the journey. —Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation

This wonderful book is written from the heart and out of the depths of the author's own practice. Toni Bernhard has away of articulating the Buddha's profound understanding of the nature of the human condition in such a way that truly brings it into the contemporary world and makes it relevant for everyone. This could only be achieved by someone who is both rooted in a theoretical knowledge of the teachings and who has actually grappled with life's dilemmas and put the teachings into practice. —Dr. John Peacock, University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre