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.
Research shows that those who practice gratitude increase their feelings of joyfulness, enthusiasm, interest, attentiveness, and energy. Gratitude also activates other positive emotions such as kindness, compassion, generosity, awe, delight, love, and contentment. With gratitude we tend to see what is filling and fueling our lives rather than what is missing. You don’t have to wait for moments of gratitude to descend on you. You can consciously cultivate it through practice. When we pause to notice what we usually take for granted, a new world of possibilities opens up.