Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to True Happiness

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Filled with inviting stories, exercises, and practical advice, relevant to people of all faiths or no faith at all, Awakening Joy will guide you on a journey to embrace happiness and well-being, and chart a path to an enriching and meaningful engagement with life.

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Overview

Filled with inviting stories, exercises, and practical advice, relevant to people of all faiths or no faith at all, Awakening Joy will guide you on a journey to embrace happiness and well-being, and chart a path to an enriching and meaningful engagement with life.

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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937006228
  • Publisher: Parallax Press
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 217,551
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Note on the Paperback Edition xi

Foreword Jack Kornfield xiii

Preface Ram Dass xv

Introduction xvii

Step 1 Inclining the Mind Toward Joy 3

Step 2 Mindfulness: Being Present for Your Life 30

Step 3 Grateful Heart, Joyful Heart 60

Step 4 Finding Joy in Difficult Times 85

Step 5 The Bliss of Blamelessness 121

Step 6 The Joy of Letting Go 150

Step 7 The Sweetness of Loving Ourselves 178

Step 8 The Joy of Loving Others 203

Step 9 Compassion: The Natural Expression of a Joyful Heart 236

Step 10 The Joy of Simply Being 268

Acknowledgments 289

Bibliography 295

James Baraz's Reading List 298

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    Simply Beautiful!

    I laughed and cried and learned through this book. This is a book that will stay in my permanent collection. When I need a refresher course on life, I will pull this out and read the "Glass Half Full" again. I get to live a fantastic life in a fantastic place, and since reading this book I've been revived in that knowledge. In reading and putting into practice the lessons in Awakening Joy, I have reaffirmed the gratitude for life, and the joy I have found in using this book as my Lenten Discipline has made a real difference. Yes, I said Lenten. You don't have to be a Buddhist to GET this book. The words are not threatening to any faith, and are uplifting in ways the authors may have never imagined. I would recommend this book to any church, temple, mosque, or meeting hall, or to anyone who is seeking to refresh and renew their life. The Habits for Happiness are true to every person on earth, regardless of their culture or creed. The section on sustainable living gets to the heart of why our culture is so hard on the planet, yet the message of hope put forth in Awakening Joy is a much needed guide to awakening a more connected and wonderful life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    Absolutely beautiful book that changed my life!

    Absolutely beautiful book that changed my life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Recommended read for those who want to add more happiness to their lives - and who doesn't?

    I found this book to be both inspiring and practical. Each chapter covers one step in a journey toward developing and sustaining more peace and joy in our lives. Each step is well presented and very concrete practices that we can incorporate into our daily lives are described with clarity.
    The book is grounded in Buddhist philosophy but I am completely comfortable recommending it to anyone who has an interest in adding to their own sense of well-being and consequently to the well-being of us all. Written with warmth, humor and depth, this is a book that is fun to read and at the same time profound enough to potentially transform your life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    This book will make you happier, it's a must read!

    I can't say enough good things about this book! It is turning me into an optimistic person, and changing my life for the better. I'm slowly reading the book and doing the exercises suggested and my whole outlook is slowly changing from one of pessimism to one of optimism and joy. I'm going to reread the book once I'm finished because these are life changing, powerful words of wisdom! This book is so awesome, definitely recommended!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Ridiculous e-book price!

    The ebook price is higher than the hardcover? What are they thinking???

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