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Awakening Joy Part II - Expanding Our Happiness (Oct 6 - Nov 3)

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"Joy is not for just the lucky few – it’s a choice anyone can make." - James Baraz, creator of the Awakening Joy course.

Awakening Joy is an internationally recognized course designed to awaken joy through exciting themes and practices that incline the mind toward well-being and deeper insight.

In this five-session online engagement class, you will learn the science behind generating real happiness, build healthier habits and beliefs through powerful awareness practices, develop a solid mindfulness practice, and become part of a community through support groups and practice partners.

This is not a “feel good” program, but rather a “feel everything” program, leading to authentic appreciation of your life, just as it is. Class experience includes hands-on skill-building activities, lecture, small group interactive exercises, a book discussion, videos, guided meditations, written material, experiential practices, singing and dancing. As students, you will receive the opportunity to select the modes for learning that best suit you. To get the most out of the class experience, please be prepared to actively participate in breakout rooms, class discussions, and activities. By the end of the class, you will have the tools and skills you need to live a more fulfilling, joyful life.

This class is a continuation of Awakening Joy Part I offered in Summer quarter and includes a thorough review of that class. There is no prerequisite for Awakening Joy Part II.

Instructor: Patty McLucas is a trauma-informed sound sleep and stress reduction specialist with 22 years of experience as a wellness consultant. Patty teaches mindfulness for Stanford's Healthy Living Program and has taught for other organizations including Apple and Google. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing and Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Training, and teaches mindfulness meditation for Stanford's Cancer Supportive Care Program.

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