5 thoughts on “How to Wake Up! An Interview with Toni Bernhard

  • September 3, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I think it is most important to remember Toni’s reminder that along with an unpleasant experience come the emotions we experience with it. And these are actually two separate entities. The situation happens and then we react, they do not happen all at once. This is a simple concept, but one that we can coach ourselves repeatedly, as it is a most difficult concept to integrate successfully! Thanks Toni.

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    • September 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Jill for this comment. I like the way you explain it, how the unpleasant experience and the reaction to it are two different things. We can’t control the former but we can learn to not make matters worse for us by working skillfully with the latter!

      All my best,
      Toni

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  • September 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you for this interview Elisha & Toni. I feel that the more articles I read on Pysch Central, the more I learn about myself. As Toni describes in the interview, sometimes when we experience a joyful moment, we cling to it because we don’t want to let it go. I do this a lot, and I build up an uncomfortable amount of anxiety in a futile attempt to make that joyful moment last forever. Now, through this interview, I recognize that I cling to joy, rather than being open and accepting of the impermanence of it. Thank you for opening my eyes. I look forward to practicing the technique of acceptance, and reading your book, Toni, in order to learn even more about myself.

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  • September 20, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Thank you for posting this interview. Anxiety and self-concept go hand in hand. When people in general, view events with a negative outlook the more anxiety they will feel when a negative event takes place. If a person already looks to their imperfections then perceives situations based on a week worth of negative events some may pull the negative emotions inward thus feeling worse about their lives. Mindfullness and understanding that nobody is perfect will help ease negative emotions when dealing with everyday life events.

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  • October 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Dear Toni.
    I have a question? I lost my husband two years ago and,I have been depress since day one,my Doctor recommend me meditation so I start mindful meditation w/CD by Kevin Griffin,I love it but I feel like my mind is over reacting I have a lot of feelings going back and for in my mind,is that normal? when you start to meditate is my mind going to relax,as I keep my meditation.

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