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    DescriptionAwakening Joy is more than just another book about happiness. More than simply offering suggested strategies to change our behavior, it uses time-tested practices to train the mind to learn new ways of thinking. The principles of the course are universal, although much of the material includes Buddhist philosophy drawn from the author’s thirty years as a Buddhist meditation teacher and spiritual counselor. In these times of economic uncertainty Awakening Joy shows we can get through hard times and use our experience to keep the our heart open while moving from discouragement to well-being, regardless of the external circumstances. Genuine well-being is not expensive. True happiness is not about acquiring anything, but rather about opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you. In this practical down-to-earth guide, readers 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 of the steps in Baraz’s ten-step program and includes engaging exercises and practical advice to make happiness your natural default setting. For everyone from the cynic who is despondent over life’s many sorrows, to the harried commuter raging at freeway traffic, this book offers up a simple yet powerful message of hope grounded in the realization that joy already exists inside every one of us. Like a precious child, it only needs to be recognized, embraced, and nurtured in order to grow to its full potential


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    Title
    Awakening Joy
    Subtitle
    10 Steps to True Happiness
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Baraz, By (author) Shoshana Alexander
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 280
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781937006228
    ISBN 10: 1937006220
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: PSY
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T17.9
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: VSP
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 158
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24810
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 725
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: HE
    Libri: I-HE
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 30
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A37384000
    Abridged Dewey: 158
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SEL016000
    DC23: 158.1
    LC classification: BF575.H27 B36 2012
    Thema V1.0: VSP
    Publisher
    Parallax Press
    Imprint name
    Parallax Press
    Publication date
    12 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Berkeley
    Review quote
    "Even if you never read anything in this genre, this book is one you should try." - Bill Gates 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). Word of mouth about the course that could make people happier began to spread: The first round of Awakening Joy meetings consisted of about 40 members. The next numbered 100; the next, 200, and then 500. It went international when its members began e-mailing their monthly homework assignments from the lectures to friends. 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" "The readings evoke the feeling of sharing an intimate conversation with a wise teacher over a cup of tea. They are gentle, personal, and helpful...The lessons offered in "Awakening Joy" are highly relevant for beginning and experienced practitioners of mindfulness because they bring a fresh and unique perspective to many of the core teachings and practices of Buddhism."--"Mindfulness Bell" ""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"