1 These days, everything is calling itself “mindfulness.” What makes Pause Breathe Smile different ?
2 What is mindfulness ?
3 Isn’t mindfulness really mental ? If not, what might be a better word ?
4 Is there a difference between “mindfulness” and “awakening mindfulness” ?
5 How is this difference consequential ? Why would anyone want to know about this ? What are some of the benefits of awakening mindfulness ? How can the benefits lead to something further ?
6 Is there scientific evidence to back up the healthiness of mindfulness ?
7 What if someone is looking for spirituality ? What about God ? Heaven ? Prayer ?
8 What if I’m an atheist, or agnostic ?
9 What three primary aspects of well-being do Pausing, Breathing, and Smiling correspond to ? And, if I get how pausing relates to ethics, and breathing to meditation, but what if smiling seems like a phony happy-face ? How does that relate to wisdom ?
10 Are these three separate practices ? And must they be studied in any particular order ?
11 Who is the audience for Pause Breathe Smile ? Academic ? Adepts ? Newbies ?
12 What if I just don’t have time ?
13 Since mindfulness is the fastest-growing self-help trend since yoga, can you compare and contrast it with yoga ?
14 If mindfulness originates in the East – is there an Eastern and a Western mindfulness ?
15 Why aren’t the Eastern roots more commonly discussed ?
16 What does the subtitle mean ? When is meditation “not enough” ?
17 What can happen when moral values are left out of mindfulness ? What happens if they’re included ?
18 What’s the difference between intention & motivation ?
19 Who’s more important: myself, or others ? ( I’d like to get this straight from the get-go. )
20 To paraphrase Viktor Frankl, how can a person make internal space for a reactive emotion to be transformed into a skillful response ? How is this a wise way of dealing with feeling “triggered” by what others say and do ?
21 Western science provides such a strong bridge to mindfulness for so many. How does the nondual, ethical aspects of PBS fit in there ?
22 How would you explain nondualism to someone who’s never heard the term before ?
23 Why do you say, “Long live impermanence!” ?
24 What is “interbeing”? Why is it important ?
25 What is “non-self,” and why do you call it “openness”?
26 What is meant by “honoring the resistance” ?
27 How can awakened mindful wisdom strengthen resilience ?
28 How does Pause Breathe Smile fit in with Gary’s 9 other books ?
29 The book seems a mash-up of different genres and styles ? How did that come about ?
30 How long did it take to write PBS ? How did it begin ? Was there a groundplan and, if so, how did it change ? – And how did writing PBS change Gary ?
31 Gary is reported to have been practicing spirituality for +50 years ? What’s the story ?
32 How did Gary find out about Vietnamese Zenmaster Thích Nhất Hạnh* ? How has Gary been studying with him ? How is Pause Breathe Smile a reflection of his influence ?
33 Can mindfulness and Zen sit side-by-side ? They seem different.
34 Has Pause Breathe Smile been tested out in advance of publication ?
35 How much freedom of interpretation is there to awakening mindfulness ?
36 How important is intuition,creativity, innovation ?
37 What if I don’t want to practice with a group ?
38 What if I want to practice with a group but don’t know if there’s one near me ?
39 Isn’t mindfulness really only a form navel-gazing for privileged white people ?
40 In what ways is awakening mindfulness playing a healing and transformational role in society ?
41 How is mindfulness playing an important role in … health care ?
42 … education ?
43 … the work place ?
44 How is mindfulness being introduced to the military ?
45 I’m reading Michael Pollan’s new book How To Change Your Mind. What, if any, relationships are there between mindfulness and entheogens ( ayahuasca, mescaline, DMT, LSD, peyote, etc) and also cannabis ?
46 What’s a good app for mindfulness ?
47 How long does awakening mindfulness take ?
48 Does learning the Art of Happiness mean I must also include the Art of Suffering ?
50 Why has there been backlash against mindfulness ?
50 [ Thich Nhat Hanh, again. ] PBS distills the teachings of beloved Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, the second most famous living Buddhist teacher, after His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Why haven’t I heard of him before ? How does he differ from the Dalai Lama ?
51 How does the mindful view of breath differ from other paths ?
52 Why does Gary Gach call himself “a generalist” ? Isn’t that just a dilletante ?
53 Why does he also refer to himself as a freelance writer and a freelance mystic ?
54 Is Gary Gach enlightened ?
55 The Greater Good Science Center lists the following as keys for well-being:
- Social Connection
Which is most important ?
bonus talking point : What’s important to talk about that’s been left out ?
*The English pronunciation is “Tik N’yat Hawn.” However, since Vietnamese is a tonal language, this is only a close approximation for how one would pronounce it in Vietnamese. By his students worldwide he is affectionately known as Thấy (pronounced “Tay” or “Tie”), meaning “teacher.”
PAUSE BREATHE SMILE ~ ~ ~ Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough
216 pages · ISBN1683641752 | 978-1683641759 · September 2018 · $16.95
Author: Gary Gach, San Francisco Calif
Please contact Lindsey Kennedy at LindseyK [at] SoundsTrue [dot] com for a review copy or to arrange an interview with the author.