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Pause . . . breathe . . . smile. Three small words, yet each contains a universe of wisdom. With Pause, Breathe, Smile, Gary Gach invites us to bring the practice of mindfulness into every moment of our lives.

Writing for students of all levels, Gach draws on 50-plus years of study and practice in this elegant and accessible presentation of three central aspects of mindful living. The pause is about setting our intention before we think, speak, or act — the ethical dimension of mindfulness. When we breathe we unite mind, body, and spirit, making every moment an opportunity for meditation. With a smile, we open to a wisdom beyond words. This simple process will “water your innate seeds of awakening, to help you pave your own path to total fulfillment and peace.”

For all who may wish to explore mindfulness in their lives as a healing and transformative practice, remember three little words: Pause, Breathe, Smile

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Last but not least . . .

welcome to my humble homepage ! !

Welcome to my author page … where I get to play author!  That is, I’m as new to this as I am to everything else.  As my dear friend Angaangaq ( ” Uncle ” ) remarked at the recent Power of Shamanism summit :

I’m so excited !
I’ve just turned 70 ! !
I’m looking forward to finding out what it means to be an adult ! ! !

Well, as The Gary Gach Author Page organically evolves within its yeasty WordPress petri dish, I hope you circle back here, every now & then. ( At least – until the SIngularity. ) There’ll always be something new to discover and engage with.

Meanwhile, I pause to think I’ve been online since 1989. Gosh! ( What do you remember of 1989? )  This author page business, I’m finding out, is a distinctly different kind of animal than, say, my ancient home page. ( Maybe it can be it’s own kind of “social media” ? After all, I’ve yet to meet, much less interact with, the +100,000 readers of my previous book – who form, in my mind, a distinct body. –Wanna meet up at a con ? )

So please join me in the universal adventuresome spirit of discovery (&, ah! a bit of just plain awe) as we find out what an author page is. —Fair enough?

Fun enough!

Ok. So here’s what I got today. This season, & on thru ’til Xmas, I’m celebrating! How come? After 5 [ five ] years ( 1825 days ) my next humble book will be born.  ( It has its own page, w/ a preview above. )  In honor of this gift, to me & to you, I’ll see what I can create here to match at least one micronμ ] of the inexpressible excitement of this phenomenal Event.

Please, enjoy! & come back as often as you like.


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  1. Hello Gary,

    First visit, first acquaintance. Your archives are such a rich source of information and good thought, I wait with interest to see what this new venture/pages will bring. Wishing you every success, and that your pages continue to ripple outward and enlighten and delight those ahead of us whom we will never meet.

    I Dream the Children

    I dream the children yet unborn
    that see the bloom I will not see,
    and plant what seeds I have at hand,
    word-watered that they might be spared
    though brief my life and faint the drum
    that conjures up mortality.

    There’s little else life ought,
    a moment here or there, a thought
    against the time they might emerge
    to wonder if we ever knew
    how much was said but never heard,
    as though the dream would make it so.

  2. Hello Gary,

    I’m reading your book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Buddhism, now and I found two errors on page 49. The page says, “Mention might be made, too, of Mani (210-276), who synthesized Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and Zoroastrian doctrines in what became known as Manicheasm.” Muslim shouldn’t be in that sentence because Islam was founded over three centuries after Manichaeism was founded, and Manicheasm should be spelled Manichaeism. Other than that, I think everything else is good.

  3. What a wonderful approach to Life … “pause breathe smile”! Hey Gary, I like to tell folks, I’m three years away from Seventy – I let them decide which way!
    … Your new book has already helped me deliver our timely and critical message of “mindfulness”.
    I am a disabled Vietnam Veteran that volunteers at the DC V.A. and in senior centers – working with Veterans still experiencing PTSD. Thank you for your gift of humor and tranquility. ..
    “… Serenity Now” (-a Costanza mantra)

    Namaste’ … now, Namastgo’

  4. Gary, so many great ideas in your new book! Have you started on your next project: “breathe pause smile” ?

    I loved the ‘red dot’ idea! I now give out circular plumb color labels which remind us to say; “THANK YOU” ” … breathe, pause, smile”

    I also refer folks to a Meditation bell app;
    “MindBell” and set mine to chime every half hour – amazing how many bells I never hear during my day!

    Your book and ideas have made a huge difference in my life and the lives I touch. I’m also getting ready to go into our jails to share these and other healing methods with our prison populations. I will be sharing EFT and Thick Nhat Hanh’s meditation in your book …
    Thank you Gary … thank you !

  5. Gary, here’s an update on some recent contributions where I shared your new book: at Ft. Belvoir USO in a holiday de-stress presentation with military and families; at a local Veteran’s gathering; two classes for prisoners at an adult Detention Center; and a special workshop for Dr. Patch Adams and his group in West Virginia at their clown retreat – the Gesundheit Institute farm. All venues, well received with concepts like: pause breathe smile or – breathe pause smile … either way, it all works!
    Thanks Gary !!!

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