Meditation and Buddhism for Chronic Illness

This is a personal list of resources I have found helpful during my twenty years of chronic illness.  If anyone has anything they would like to add, please do let me know.


Aligned, Relaxed and Resilient – Will Johnson
Full Catastrophe Living – Jon Kabat-Zinn
How To Be Sick – Toni Bernhard
Living Well With Pain and Illness – Vidyamala Burch
Most Intimate – Pat Enkyo O’Hara
No Mud, No Lotus – Thich Nhat Hanh
Radical Acceptance – Tara Brach
Training in Compassion – Norman Fischer
Turning Suffering Inside Out – Darlene Cohen
When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chödrön


Guided Meditations from Breathworks
Meditating with the Body – Reginald Ray (Sounds True)
Plum Village Meditations – Thich Nhat Hanh (Sounds True)

Audio Talks

Cultivating Mindfulness, Working with Pain (Sally Clough Armstrong)
Dongshan is Unwell (Norman Fischer)
Forgiving the Body (Bruce Kramer in conversation with Krista Tippett)
How to be Sick (Sylvia Boorstein and Toni Bernhard)
How to Live with Chronic Pain and Illness (Sylvia Boorstein and Toni Bernhard)
Living Well with a Chronic Illness Part I  Part II  (Erica Hamilton and myself in conversation with Irina Almgren)
Radical Acceptance and Practicing Radical Acceptance (Tara Brach)
Suffering and Gratitude (Norman Fischer)
Transforming Illness Through Love and Letting Go (Susan Bauer-Wu)


Breathworks (guided meditations for pain and illness)
Toni Bernhard’s Blog