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Awakening Joy, $18.95
"Even if you never read anything in the genre, this book is one you should try." —Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft
Awakening Joy is more than just another book about happiness. It uses time-tested practices to train the mind to learn new ways of thinking — to move from distraction toward the contentment and delight that is abundantly available in everyday life. The principles of the course are drawn from the author’s 30 years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. In these times of economic uncertainty, Awakening Joy shows readers how to survive and keep their hearts open. In this practical, down-to-earth guide, readers learn how to make happiness a habit by inclining the mind toward states that lead to well-being, finding joy even during difficult times and avoiding the pitfalls that prevent the contentment each reader seeks. Other practices include sustaining joyfulness, reclaiming a natural sense of wonder, and finding joy in the midst of everyday experiences.
ISBN: 978-1-937006-22-8, Paperback, 280 pages.
"Baraz turned Awakening Joy into a six-month class and found that participants maintained a positive attitude even after it ended (as long as they practiced the exercises; as with diets or working out, continuity is essential). Baraz was thrilled to receive messages from strangers in Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. 'It works!' they wrote. Apparently, you didn't have to be there to get the joy." —O, The Oprah Magazine, January 2008
"Awakening Joy can lead each of us to live with dignity, compassion, and gracious freedom. Read these words slowly. Savor them and practice the exercises in this book. Use them to open your heart and transform your life. Your days on Earth will be full of blessings. —Jack Kornfield, author of the best-selling A Path with Heart
I believe finding more joy in your life will also have rippling effects that can touch everyone you know and make a real difference in the world. And it begins with making the choice to be happy. - From the Book
"I've personally taken the Awakening Joy program and can say this unequivocally: It's fabulous and it works! This book, filled with moving stories and rich teachings, will give you wonderful tools to experience true happiness and well-being. It's a gem!"—Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason
"Opening to joy takes courage and intention. This book will inspire you to discover genuine happiness, and show you how. Drawing on perennial wisdom and accessible meditative practices, James and Shoshana offer teachings that can awaken your love of life."—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
"Awakening Joy is an important guide to transforming our everyday experience into genuine happiness. James and Shoshana's insight, kindness, and clear and practical language make this a direct, pragmatic and valuable manual for a better life."—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness
"In this beautiful and heartwarming book, James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander take us on a journey that truly awakens joy. There are stories that bring tears to our eyes and practices that transform our lives. This is a loving, wise, and compassionate testament to what is possible for each one of us. Highly recommended."—Joseph Goldstein, author of A Heart Full of Peace
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