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Awakening Joy

10 Steps to True Happiness
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September, 2012
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Joy is a choice anyone can make. In this groundbreaking book, based on his popular online course, Buddhist teacher James Baraz helps us discover a path to true happiness: a step-by-step program to reorient your mind away from dissatisfaction and distraction and toward contentment and delight: how to survive and keep your heart open.

Accessible to people of all faiths—or no faith at allAwakening Joy provides the jumping-off point for readers to follow the same ten steps Baraz teaches his program participants. You will learn how to:

  • make happiness a habit by inclining your mind toward states that lead to well-being
  • find joy even during difficult times and avoid the pitfalls that prevent you from achieving the contentment you seek
  • cultivate effective practices for sustaining joyfulness, such as reclaiming your natural sense of wonder and finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences.

Each chapter of Awakening Joy consists of one step in Baraz’s ten-step program and includes engaging exercises and practical advice to make happiness your natural default setting. Like a precious child, it only needs to be recognized, embraced, and nurtured in order to grow to its full potential.

The three principles at the heart of the program are:

Inclining the Mind toward Joy…

Developing and Increasing Wholesome States…

Focusing on the Gladness that Arises with Wholesome States.

“In our pursuit of happiness, this moving book should be a dog eared, worn out companion... As you work through this elegant material, you will find yourself laughing a little longer, dancing a little more, and awakening to the beauty of what lies inside you and in those nearby.”—Dacher Keltner, author, Born To Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

James Baraz has been teaching meditation for more than thirty years and the Awakening Joy course, both on-site and online, since 2003. He is a co-founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California.

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