Awakening Joy for Kids

Awakening Joy for Kids

by James Baraz, Michele Lilyanna


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Awarded the 2016 Nautilus Gold Medal for Parenting and Family!

Spirit Rock founder, author, and teacher James Baraz’s Awakening Joy offers his large and devoted readership a program to gain contentment and happiness by cultivating the seeds of joy within. Here he joins with Michele Lilyanna, a classroom teacher for 25 years, to offer caregivers and children ways to find joy in each day together.

This unique offering nourishes both adults and kids. James shares the practices for the adults—parents, caregivers, and teachers. Michele offers her own experiences as a parent and as a teacher, showing how the themes work with kids, followed by the tried and true lessons that she's used herself in the classroom and at home.

Packed with practices and activities that James and Michele have gathered over their many years of working with thousands of adults and children in retreats, workshops, and the classroom, Awakening Joy for Kids is imbued with compassion and delight. Part of Parallax Press' growing curriculum for parents and educators designed to cultivate joy and mindfulness in children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941529287
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 637,354
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. In 2003 he created the Awakening Joy course, which he teaches at the Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, and other venues across the United States and abroad. He is co-founding Teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Canter in Woodacre, California, and author, with Shoshana Alexander, of Awakening Joy, the book based on the course. Early in his life, James was an elementary school teacher in Astoria, Queen for 12 years. James lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren.

Michele Lilyanna has taught in the public education system for the past 25 years, although all of her principals have described her as "out of the box" and out of the building with her students! For most of that time her focus has been social and emotional learning. When Michele is not teaching parents, educators, or children, you will find her awakening joy on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia with her partner Peter and her two sons.

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Table of Contents


How to Use This Book

Step One-Intention

• Activity 1: Setting Intention (Inclining the mind)

• Activity 2: Shredder - Moving From What We Don’t Want To What We Do Want

• Activity 3: Cup Of Water

Step Two-Mindfulness- The Heart Of It All

• Activity 1: Starting a Practice Of Their Own

• Activity 2: *Mindfulness Through The Eyes Of A Child

• Activity 3: Puppy Mindfulness

• Activity 4: Weaving in the good- Craft

• Activity 5: Magical Cave- Guided Journey

Step Three-Gratitude

• Activity 1: Arrows Of Gratitude

• Activity 2: Planting Seeds

• Activity 3: Gratitude Flags

• Activity 4: Years of Gratitude

Step Four-Joy in Difficult Times

• Activity 1: Building Muscles To Use In Difficult Times

• Activity 2: Shine The Spotlight On The Positive

• Activity 3: Happy Memories

Step Five-Integrity?

• Activity 1: Through the Veils
• Activity 2: Cutting The Cords Of Wrong Doing

• Activity 3: Family Breathing

Step Six-The Joy of Letting Go?

• Activity 1: The Power Of Touch

• Activity 2: Blow It Away

• Activity 3: The Emotional Embodiment Of Deep Relaxation

Step Seven-Loving Ourselves?

• Activity 1: Loving ourselves just as we are

• Activity 2: Being My Own Best Friend

• Activity 3: Celebrating who we are with a family bead necklace

• Activity 4: Pen Pals

Step Eight-Connection with Others?

• Activity 1: Sparkles - Acknowledging One Another

• Activity 2: Ten ways to play again

• Activity 3: Building Community And Connection

• Activity 4: Sticky Friendships

Step Nine-Compassion

• Activity 1: Self Compassion

• Activity 2: Mindful Tea

• Activity 3: Full Moon Nights

• Activity 4: Awakening Listening

Step Ten-The Joy of Being: Embrace Life

• Activity 1: Fairy Garden and Leaf People

• Activity 2: Stone Soup: Celebrating Life

• Activity 3: Joy Through The Lens Of A Camera

• Activity 4: In Service

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