Finding Freedom in Illness

A Guide to Cultivating Deep Well-Being through Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Shambhala Publications, 2016

Being Ill can be an opportunity to wake up out of suffering. We don’t need to feel like we have failed, or that we are ‘wrong’ in some way.Through exploring how we relate to a life lived within an imperfect body, we can discover hidden jewels within our mind and heart.

When held with wisdom, this offers us a powerful container to begin to let go of the division, separation and contraction that causes us so much pain.The practices offered in this book will help you re-connect to an experience of well-being, joy and freedom on the level of heart and mind.

As someone who’s been there myself, I can say that this pragmatic, compassionate approach has been very powerful in both developing a deeper understanding of the interface between mind and body, and gradually tasting an inner freedom which isn’t bound by the ever-changing conditions of life.


“It is rare when a subject as difficult as illness is so thoroughly embodied that it becomes a gateway to the sacred. It is also exceptional when someone has the wisdom and skill to navigate the reader through that same portal. Peter Fernando’s book does both with such clarity and skill that it leaves the reader determined to use his/her whole life for the same purpose.”

Rodney Smith, Author of Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart

“A beautiful book. Its simplicity and wisdom touches the heart and teaches the head to listen to the workings of the mind and open into our own thoughts and feelings with presence. The guided meditations can be used immediately to open heart and mind. This is a book to keep beside you and to read and learn from again and again.”


Elena Rosenbaum, Author of Being Well (Even When You’re Sick): Mindfulness Practices for People with Cancer and Other Serious Illnesses

“Meditation, and awakening, are generally linked to sitting upright for long stretches of time, despite the fact that all of us some of the time (and some of us much of the time) can’t physically manage to do so. This book, based on Peter’s fieldwork with his own chronic illness, addresses that conundrum. But it’s not just for ‘sick people’: we are all of the nature to sicken, and by taking that into account, we can develop a practice for the ‘bad’ times as well as the ‘good.’”

Ajahn Sucitto, Author of Turning the Wheel of Truth