Practicing for a Joyful Life
by Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D.
Happiness is an Inside Job is the book chosen to accompany the Center for Spiritual Living Santa Rosa theme for April 2018.
How can we stay engaged with life day after day? How can we continue to love—keep our minds in a happy mood—when life is complex and often challenging? These are questions that Sylvia Boorstein addresses in Happiness is an Inside Job. In more than three decades of practice and teaching she has discovered that the secret to happiness lies in actively cultivating our connections with the world, with friends, family, colleagues—even those we may not know well. She shows us how mindfulness, concentration, and effort—three elements of the Buddhist path to wisdom—can lead us away from anger, anxiety, and confusion and into calmness, clarity, and the joy of living in the present.
Sylvia Boorstein, Ph.D., is a co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a senior teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. A practicing psychotherapist, she is a frequent presenter at psychology training seminars and often a speaker at health and wellness conferences. She and her husband divide their time between Sonoma County, California and the south of France.
"Sylvia Boorstein's lessons, gleaned from a life of internal reflection and mindful teaching, are dilivered with such openness, love, and affection that it feels as if you are sitting with Sylvia in her livig room soaking in the wisdom of an enlightened friend."
—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of The Mindful Brain
"This book will convince you that your own happiness really is much more available to you than you may have thought."
—Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Coming to Our Senses
"Reading this wonderful book is like having a heart-to-heart with Sylvia. It is wise, warm, and full of great stories that will make you smile. Best of all, it will cheer your spirit by showing you how to practice happiness."
—Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart