has been teaching meditation since 1978. He leads workshops internationally, is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, Calif., and has taught his popular online Awakening Joy course since 2003. James coauthored Awakening Joy with Shoshana Alexander.
How much are you present for your own life? Most of us spend more time in our own inner world—worrying about the future, replaying the past, or lost in fantasy—than experiencing what life is offering to us right now. The present moment is where we can most directly be intimate with our life—touched by beauty and intimacy, while learning through the difficult lessons how to open our hearts.
Life today is filled with anxiety and stress—from ever-increasing pressure to produce more with less, rising tensions over equity and social injustice, and moral and spiritual distress over environmental problems such as climate change. More than ever before, everyone can benefit from insights and tools that help them move from despair to resilience, hope, and transformation. This workshop will teach participants essential skills designed to build their psychological, emotional, and spiritual resilience.