Mindfulness for Beginners

The Habit of Happiness

Oct 16 (Mon) - Dec 11 (Mon)
7:00pm - 8:45pm (8 classes)
Santa Monica
"It's not easy to find happiness within ourselves. It's not possible to find it anywhere else." So often we think we need outside circumstances to be a certain way in order to be happy. If we had the right job, the right amount of money, the right relationship or...if things were just different, then we could be happy. But happiness dependent upon outside circumstances is precarious at best, because conditions are constantly changing. What if we could find a way to be happy regardless of conditions? Or, to put it another way, unconditional happiness?

In this class, we will learn tools and techniques, processes and practices that will help us learn how to develop habits of mind conducive to enjoying life. We will see that it's possible to make choices that allow us to live with a profound sense of well-being even in the midst of uncertainty.

There is a great deal of suffering in this world. Individually and collectively we face huge challenges. Many of our fellow beings, and perhaps we ourselves, live under oppressive circumstances - financial, ecological, physical, social - and we seem to be swimming in a toxic mix of hate, fear and ignorance. How is it possible, and is it even responsible, to look for happiness and joy in the midst of this?

The purpose of this course is not to deny the truth of suffering, or our responsibility to alleviate it. But in a life of "ten thousand joys and ten thousand sorrows," if we focus only on the sorrows, we close ourselves off to all the goodness and beauty that is also in this world. This class is about opening to the full range of human experience, and living with authenticity and purpose. We will learn to tap into an innate, underlying capacity for joy and happiness, our true "Buddha nature," enabling us to live with an abiding sense of connection, ease, and love.

Inspired by James Baraz' 10 month's class "Awakening Joy," we will focus for 8 weeks on different aspects of accessing and deepening our capacity for joy. We will use as texts "Awakening Joy - Ten Steps that will put you on the road to real happiness" by James Baraz, and "How We Choose To Be Happy" by Rick Foster and Greg Hicks. The class will also draw from traditional Buddhist scriptures and discoveries in neuroscience.

This class is appropriate for people with some prior meditation experience like a Basics of Mindfulness or MBSR class. Please contact us if you are not sure if the class is for you.

There are 6 weekly classes.

Please Note: There will not be no class on Monday November 13th.

*Payment arrangements are available. Please contact programs@insightla.org for more information.

InsightLA reserves the right to cancel a class or special event due to low enrollment or other circumstances which would make the event non-viable. If InsightLA cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund. Should circumstances arise that result in the postponement of an event, registrants will have the option to either receive a full refund or transfer registration to the same event at the new, future date.
Location Details:
InsightLA Olympic
1430 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Please note: Parking is metered every day from 9AM - 6PM, except on Sunday.
*This site is equipped with a chair lift for persons with limited mobility.
Contact teacher:
Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)

Sliding scale from $185 to $250 per person.

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

Whatever you pay above the lowest end of the sliding scale is a tax-deductible donation to InsightLA.

Please note: There are many ways to attend InsightLA classes and events. If you are unable to pay the suggested registration price, please contact us by emailing programs@insightla.org.

Enrollment Limit:
22 | There are still openings for this program.
Items to Bring:
Comfortable clothing - journal/notebook
Contact Information:
programs@insightla.org or 310-450-1821