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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About the Author
Shoshana Tembeck Alexander has studied Buddhism since the early 1970s and is the author of In Praise of Single Parents and Women’s Ventures, Women’s Visions. She has guided the work of several prominent Buddhist authors, including Tara Brach, Sharon Salzberg, and Wes Nisker. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
Table of Contents
Note on the Paperback Edition xi
Foreword Jack Kornfield xiii
Preface Ram Dass xv
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
James Baraz's Reading List 298