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Happiness, Contentment & Inner Freedom

One of the great gifts of mindful awareness is access to true contentment. In this course, we will explore the universal blocks to contentment—habits of fixating on what’s wrong and what’s missing—and practices of presence that awaken us from wanting life to be different, reveal our intrinsic wholeness and offer a profound sense of well-being.

You will learn: 

  • How to recognize your own blocks to inner contentment and well being
  • The habits of attention that keep us stuck
  • How mindfulness and compassion practices can help you loosen the grip of wanting and striving
  • How the science of positive neuroplasticity can increase your happiness set-point
  • Practices that you can use to bring more joy, contentment and ease to your moments every day.

 

What is the course format for Happiness, Contentment & Inner Freedom?

  • This is an on demand, self-paced course. You can start any time and go at your own pace.
  • The course is comprised of 7 parts with 2 video sessions of 10–35 minutes each (all are closed captioned)
  • Sessions include guided practices
  • Practice sessions offered after each part include a guided meditation and journaling prompts.
  • Bonus materials and resources for further study. 


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Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D. is a meditation teacher, psychologist and author of several books including international bestselling Radical Acceptance, Radical Compassion and Trusting the Gold. For over 40 years, Tara has been exploring the interface of Buddhist and Western psychology in addressing the great suffering that arises when we close our hearts to ourselves and others. Tara's weekly podcasts are downloaded more than 3 million times each month. She is founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and, along with Jack Kornfield, leads the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (MMTCP), serving participants from 74 countries around the world.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome & Introduction

    • INTRODUCTION

    • Getting Started - “Happiness, Contentment & Inner Freedom”

  • 2

    Part 1: The Blessings of Enough

    • Lesson 1: Stepping off the Wheel

    • Lesson 2: The Flavors of Happiness (Includes Reflection on Inner Well-Being)

    • Lesson 3: Reflection & Journaling - Inner Well-Being

  • 3

    Part 2: The Trance of Discontent

    • Lesson 4: Recognizing our Negativity Bias (Includes Reflection: Our Habits of Attention)

    • Lesson 5: FOMO & If-Only Mind

    • Lesson 6: Reflection & Journaling - Our Habits of Attention

  • 4

    Part 3: RAIN: Recognize, Allow, Investigate, Nurture

    • Lesson 7: RAIN – Saying Yes to the Moment

    • Lesson 8: Practice - What’s Between Me & Contentment

    • Lesson 9: Reflection & Journaling - What's Between Me and Contentment?

  • 5

    Part 4: The Roots of Dissatisfaction

    • Lesson 10: Striving for More

    • Lesson 11: I Am Not Enough

    • Lesson 12: Reflection & Journaling - What is Enough?

  • 6

    Part 5: Mindfulness and Compassion

    • Lesson 13: Bringing a Light RAIN to Difficult Moments

    • Lesson 14: Positive Neuroplasticity

    • Lesson 15: Reflection & Journaling - Gratitude

  • 7

    Part 6: The Pathway of Loving Connection

    • Lesson 16: Seeing Goodness

    • Lesson 17: Reflection & Journaling - Remembering Love

  • 8

    Part 7: Closing Reflection and Further Resources

    • Lesson 18: Closing Reflection

    • Lesson 19: Further Resources, Student feedback and Acknowledgments

    • A Final Note from Tara...