Episodes 13 & 14, 74 & 75


"The present moment is not always a pleasant moment."



Amidst the struggle of coming to terms with the end of her old life, a new one began. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Toni started writing through the pain and exhaustion that each day brings. Her first book, How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers began as a manual for herself, but she soon realized they were words others needed to hear. The work has since won two Nautilus Book Awards: a gold medal in self-help/psychology and a silver medal in memoir. It was also named one of the "Best Books of 2010" by Spirituality and Practice magazine.

Her second book, How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow, coincides with her increased presence on social media, and a life now spent interacting with sick individuals all over the world. Her blog  “Turning Straw Into Gold” is published on Psychology Today's website.

While her story is serious, her words will make you feel light. And her advice may well help you better navigate both the easiest and the hardest times you'll ever experience. Give yourself a great gift today and take a listen.