Weekend, August 13-14, 2021
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"I believe every person wants to be happy. At the core, all of our actions are motivated by a longing for genuine well-being.
Our own well-being and joy have the capacity to awaken those qualities in others around us, becoming a gift to everyone we meet."
~ James Baraz
James Baraz, the wonderful, kind and wise meditation teacher is visiting Denmark in August 2021, with his wonderful wife and teacher partner Jane Baraz. James has taught mindfulness meditation since 1978 and is co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California. He is co-author of two books "Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to a Happier Life" and "Awakening Joy for Kids". James has taught many retreats and workshops in the US and internationally.
During the Awakening Joy workshop James and Jane will take us through how to Cultivate Joy and Well-Being by use of Mindfulness.
The workshop is not a “feel good” course but a “feel everything” course. We will explore joy/well-being by using mindfulness; learn to marinate in joyful and pleasant moments, setting an intention for joy, working with gratitude, compassion, letting go, connections, and meeting difficult emotions with kindness and compassion.
All in all, we cultivate kindness towards ourselves (and others), learn to take in the good moments in life, to pay attention to them, incline our mind to the good moments and notice how it feels - all in all to build new pathways of joy and well-being in our brain.
The course is based on “what you practice grows stronger”, brain plasticity and neuroscience. The neuroscience researcher Rick Hanson says “positive experiences are like Teflon for the brain, and negative experiences are like Velcro”.
Thus, in order for the positive experiences to register in the brain we need:
1) mindfulness to put a light on them, and
2) marinate/concentrate on the pleasant moment
........in order to help new neural pathways of well-being to be built in the brain.
We are genetically wired to look out for danger. In this workshop we will try to help our brain to be on the lookout for the good in life; kind of helping ourselves to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He leads retreats, workshops and classes in the United States and abroad. James is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center where he continues to lead trainings and programs.
James has been leading the online course Awakening Joy since 2003.
"In 2003, I started the Awakening Joy course so that the Buddhist teachings that I’ve so benefited from could be made accessible to and practiced by anyone whether or not they were interested in Buddhist philosophy. My approach has been to present these principles and practices with a particular emphasis on how they can lead to true happiness. I’m grateful that the course has become more popular than I ever could have imagined, with thousands of people from all over the world practicing the principles it offers"
His books include “Awakening Joy” (with Shoshana Alexander) and “Awakening Joy for Kids” (with Michele Lilyanna).
James lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren.
In recent years, he has been focusing on Dharma and Climate Change, and serves as an advisor to One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to Buddhist responses to Climate Change. You can find more information about James here: https://awakeningjoy.info/teacher.php#
Jane Baraz, MA in Psychology, has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1976 when she began sitting vipassana retreats. She was on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors for 8 years, helped start the Spirit Rock Family Program, completed the Dedicated Practitioner's Program and is currently in the Heavenly Messengers Program. Jane teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UCSF's Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She's also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), which she teaches at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland and privately in Berkeley. Jane enjoys teaching Awakening Joy workshops with her husband, James Baraz, in California and internationally.
Evening Talk at Copenhagen Insight Meditation, Friday, August 12, 2021:
In addition to the weekend course, James also give a Dharma talk on Friday Evening, August 12, for Copenhagen Insight Meditation.
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