Welcome to my page! My name is Amy Barr and first let me introduce myself and give you an idea of why I started The Happiness Workshops. In 2005 after dealing with stress related symptoms for over a year I made the decision to leave my job and move back home. My hectic job in television was indeed contributing to my stress and at the time I simply did not have the tools to handle it properly. I worked nights at the time so it was often difficult to sleep on my days off and one of those nights around midnight a wonderful television advertisement came on talking about stress and anxiety. It was just then that I realized the cause of my issues came from stress which I had no idea how to handle, my body and mind were working in high gear all of the time. I dealt with fear which I later learned came from exhaustion, accumulated stress in my body, and simply not realizing that I had a choice other than living in high gear. From then on I put every effort into finding ways to deal with the anxiety which had led to panic attacks and were becoming debilitating. I started to read books, watch videos, and get online which is where I found most of the information that helped me find my way into the healing arts. Along with doing meditation on a daily basis I also changed my thinking. I realized that I am indeed in control of my thoughts and my well-being. Within three months of doing meditation, using affirmations, and other mindful activities I was feeling back to my old self. I couldn't believe it only took such a short amount of time but that is what made me a true believer in the intuitive and healing arts. These techniques which many date back thousands of years have stood the test of time. They are still used today and are extremely effective!
The Happiness Workshops are a relatively new idea for me although I feel my work over the past ten years teaching and working with clients were always about helping people get happy. My Tibetan Buddhist background has also fueled my desire to help people on deeper levels. I used to say, why are those monks and nuns so happy? They seem to always smile, have little fear, and seem relaxed and easy-going. My own teacher told me that when you finally understand that our attachments to the things that we believe will bring us happiness is a false way of perceiving the world. I infuse many of my Buddhist practices into my teachings which have been some of the most profound teachings and practices of my life. They are truly the foundation of mindful living and have been used effectively for over 2500 years all over the world.
If you want to take control of your life and live more mindfully you have come to the right place. I offer classes which teach the basics and beyond as well as offer free short videos containing helpful tips, meditation cd's and more. I hope you enjoy looking around the site and finding the perfect fit for you.
Website content created by Amy Barr, 2012.