"In truth we are always present; we only imagine ourselves to be in one place or another."
—Howard Cohn

Grateful Heart, Joyful Heart
James Baraz, Jane Baraz
Sunday, November 19, 9:30am - 4:30pm
Community Meditation Center
Sliding Scale $75 - $200. Please bring your lunch. Code JB3D17.
OPEN-Register Here

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. It's as if we've changed the station instead of being stuck on our own little "drama channel."

With practice we can develop our "appreciation radar” and let ourselves be touched by the simplest things—a child’s laughter or the beauty of a flower—as well as appreciating all of our blessings in a more vivid way. We start seeing what is good in our life, giving a greater context with which to hold our difficulties.

We will use a variety of practices from James' popular online Awakening Joy course taken by thousands of people since 2003. These practices, including guided meditation, journaling and interactive exercises, are drawn from Buddhist psychology as well as neuroscience and contemporary psychology. They help establish the habit of noticing what's good in our lives, mindfully learning to let that goodness register deeply in our awareness. This not only cultivates greater well-being but also provides a larger container to hold life's difficulties when they naturally arise.

As we approach Thanksgiving, join us as we deepen our gratitude using a variety of simple and effective practices that can open us to greater well-being throughout the year.

Teachings are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to clients or patients. Health care professionals who cultivate gratitude in their personal lives are able to reduce stress, develop improved job satisfaction, and can offer improved patient care. Integrating gratitude practices when working with clients or patients promotes positive states of mind and offers tools to work with difficult psychological and physiological stresses. Continuing Education (CE) credit available. See below for more information.

Learning Objectives for participating health care professionals-
Based on the content of this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe a gratitude practice to clients/patients that support their well-being;
  • Describe how a gratitude practice can activate positive emotions and prevent emotional exhaustion and compassion fatigue;
  • Integrate the practices of forgiveness and self-compassion in ways useful to clients, and in personal practice in ways that result in improved patient care;
  • Utilize the practice of inclining the mind towards the possibility of more well-being in ways that provide improved patient care;
  • Incorporate the use of the acronym RAIN with clients/patients.
Young Adults (18-26) and Seniors (65+ with limited income) are invited to attend this day for $45.

General Information

Online registration for our programs is available until 12 noon of the last business day prior to the day of the event (e.g. online registration for a Monday program ends at 12 noon on the prior Friday). There is an additional $5 fee for registering at the door. If you can't attend an event you registered for, please see our Cancellation Policy.

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Volunteer/Work Exchange opportunities, as well as full or partial Scholarships, may be available for this program. For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at

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Continuing Education

This course offers 6 CE credits for $60 for psychologists and California licensed MFTs, LCSWs, LEPs, LPCCs, nurses, and chiropractors. If you have a different license and are interested in CE credit, please check with your licensing Board to see if credits for programs from APA or BRN approved providers are accepted.

Continuing Education credit is co-sponsored by Spirit Rock and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center.
  • The Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Spirit Rock is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP16905 for 6 contact hours.
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal for programs from APA approved agencies.
  • The California Board of Chiropractic Examiners Code of Regulations 361(h)(2) provides that continuing education requirements may be met by taking continuing education courses by any California Healing Arts Board approved provider, including those approved by the BRN.
Credit is awarded for instructional time only and does not include extended silent meditation. To qualify to receive the certificate of completion, participants must attend the event in full. For more information about CE credit at Spirit Rock, please see Continuing Education (CE) Credit.

Cancelation Policy: If you are unable to attend a program, or fulfill the attendance requirements for CE credit, you may offer your CE credit fee as a donation to Spirit Rock, or you may request a credit to be used towards a future non-residential program. If you would like a credit, you must cancel by 4:00pm at least two business days prior to the program. For more information, please see our Cancellation Policy for Non-Residential Programs.

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