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Pause, Breathe, Smile by Gary Gach
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Recommended for: General audience. Beginners & adepts, alike.

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Mindfulness?

Now that mindfulness is the fastest-growing wellness trend since yoga, it seems as if everything is calling itself mindfulness these days. (And, since 2013, there’s been a countertrend of backlash, from various fronts, such as evangelical Christian fundamentalists and critics of neoliberal capitalism.) So I felt it an apt moment to reframe the narrative of what we talk about when we talk about mindfulness.

Five years in the making, my new book builds upon the success of scientific secularization to expand the horizon by going back to the roots. Genuine benefits from a shake-and-bake approach might be seen as an invitation for this deeper dive, into something more dynamic and consequential. Here’s a single strand upon which to string all the beads being offered, as a coherent, dynamic whole.

If we're rebranding a certain aspect of Buddhism, why not include all the simple, basic ingredients of that ancient, ever-vital recipe: moral values in action [pause], meditation [breathe], insightful worldview [smile]. The three in tandem interact as a integral whole that a general audience can access and enjoy – 24/7.

Jon Kabat-Zinn meets Thich Nhat Hanh.
Clear, depthy, and potent.
That's it – in a nutshell.

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“Mindfulness isn't necessarily about awakening within. Awakening wisdom teaches me how my exterior and interior life are not separate. What happens in the world is happening within me, and vice versa.”
Gary Gach, Pause, Breathe, Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough


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Finished Reading
March 3, 2018 – Shelved
February 20, 2019 – Shelved as: books-i-ve-worked-on

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Gary WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MINDFULNESS

My book has a simple premise: Now that it seems everything is calling itself mindfulness – and now that there's more & more backlash from various fronts – I build upon the positive success of scientific secularization – by going back to the roots. If we're rebranding an aspect of Buddhism as "mindfulness," why not include all the basic ingredients: moral values in action [pause], meditation [breathe], insightful worldview [smile]. The three make a dynamic, integral whole that can be accessed and enjoyed 24/7.

Jon Kabat-Zinn meets Thich Nhat Hanh.
Simple and clear, but depthy and potent.

That's what I got – in a nutshell.

For more info please visit the book’s home page:
http://GaryGach.com/books/pause-breat...


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