Joy You Can Count On – Online

Half-day Workshop with Maureen Cooper
Sunday December 17, 10am -12.30pm (Irish time)

Explore how accessing joy in the midst of suffering is an essential element in learning to cope with all the challenges life brings.

Taking inspiration from The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, we’ll look at what helps to build joy in our lives and what can undermine it. We’ll learn some exercises that we can try at home and explore how we can establish a habit of finding joy in all the different facets of our day.

Take time to reflect on all that is happening in the world right now and see how we can still experience joy.

Archbishop Tutu says: “We are fragile creatures and, it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of true joy“.

This is a recurrent theme in the book. Both men can speak from experience of great suffering and yet they both radiate joy and good will at every turn.

Joy is not to be confused with happiness, which is generally stimulated from external events and does not last long. Our moments of joy tend to come from deep within ourselves, from our fundamental good heart, and can sustain us as we face life’s challenges. Learning to recognise when joy occurs and to find the courage to trust and rely on it, is essential to our wellbeing.

What to expect in this workshop

  • Definitions of joy
  • Constituents of wellbeing
  • Our negativity bias
  • What encourages joy?
  • What undermines joy?
  • Benefits of joy
  • Thin slices of joy—making joy a habit

How to prepare for the online event

To prepare for the live streaming please see here.

We look forward to seeing you on-line!

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Fee €30
Concession €25

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Maureen Cooper
Maureen Cooper
Maureen first came across the Buddhist teachings in 1977 as part of her search to find meaning. The wisdom and compassion that the teachings offered made more sense to her than anything else she had encountered and led her to set out on a path of study and practice that has continued to sustain her over the years.

Inspired by the clarity of and accessibility of the teachings, in 2004 Maureen set up Awareness in Action in order to share her experience of how meditation and compassion can enable us to live with more kindness, generosity and awareness. Her latest book, The Stress Workbook demonstrates how effective this can be in working with such everyday problems as stress.

Having offered workshops and trainings in a range of countries over many years, Maureen is discovering how powerful and even intimate it can be to work with groups online. Her aim is make her online workshops as open, inclusive and interesting as possible to provide an energetic learning environment.