awakening joy*

For years I have been meaning to get to James Baraz’s meditation group here in Berkeley. I am reading his book Awakening Joy now and loving it. (And can’t believe that this amazing course has been going on only blocks away from my house all this time!) There are many things that awaken joy in me- beauty, the surprise of something delightful (like this bike rack pictured below) Nico’s laughter, Ben’s samurai moves… I love the idea of awakening joy… like it is has been there all along, sleepy, but willing to come alive.

And this! Possibly the best radio piece I’ve ever heard about creativity. If you’re short on time, forward to the part with Elizabeth Gilbert. Love you Radio Lab!



  1. Posted April 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I love that tilted head smile of Ben’s!!

  2. Posted April 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Lots of “YUM” here. Thank you so much. I needed it.

  3. casino
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 1:01 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much!

  4. Posted April 28, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    these pictures of Ben have brought grocery bags of joy to my heart…xo

  5. rochelle
    Posted April 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Great meeting you and your family tonight, Andrea. Gorgeous family! And you were as lovely in person as you are virtually. :-)

  6. marilee pittman
    Posted May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    pure joy, that tiny smaurai….

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