Joy And Happiness Are An Inside Job with James Baraz

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Life is not a destination; it is a fluid movement. It takes practice to overcome the daily stresses that make us dense, concretized, and armored. Baraz gives us many steps that we can take to help life move through us as a blessing. He says, "I've always felt that having a positive vision, not burying your head in the sand, but having a real positive vision, and wanting to make a difference out of love, and out of your own celebration of the beauty and miracle of life, is much more magnetizing and effective engagement than coming from a place of fear." In this dialogue Baraz shares several simple but effective meditations to help each of us be more present and more joyful in our life. (hosted by Michael Toms)


James Baraz has been teaching meditation since 1978, and the 10-month "Awakening Joy" class, which can also be taken on-line, since 2003. Thousands have taken the course. He leads retreats, workshops, and classes in the U.S. and abroad, and is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Northern California.

He is the co-author with Shoshana Alexander of:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How can we find the happiness and joy that resides inside all of us
  • What is our happiness set point
  • What is the "Kumbaya Factor"
  • How the Dalai Lama maintains his sense of happiness
  • How can we practice being more fluid in our opening to life
  • How being more present to your life, especially for the moments of well-being, is a key to real happiness
  • Why loving yourself is a key to happiness and joy
  • What is the difference between romantic love and loving-kindness

Host: Michael Toms     Interview Date: 9/9/2010         Program Number: 3377

Music Playlist

From Album: Amber
Artist: Michael Jones & David Darling
1987 Narada #CD-1014

Opening Essay: Track 02 Sunshine Canyon
Music Break 1: Track 07 Shadows of the Moon
Music Break 2: Track 01 Rainfall
Music Break 3: Track 02 Sunshine Canyon (reprise)