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511 Pause, Breathe, And Smile To Awaken Your Mindfulness; Gary Gach

March 4, 2020

Gary Gach is a San Francisco based author who was educated in Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. He has written a number of books including his most recent, Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough. While living his life as a writer, Gary has worked at various jobs to make ends meet including as a bookshop clerk, editor-in-chief, hospital administrator, journalist, stevedore, and typographer. Gary currently lives in San Francisco, where he hosts a weekly Mindfulness Fellowship in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village Community of Engaged Buddhism.

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Most Influential Person

  • Thich Nhat Hanh

Effect on Emotions

  • “I used to be a very angry person, now I'm a better person to be with.”

Thoughts on Breathing

  • “I've been aware of my breathing as a practice, as an early human being.”

Suggested Resources

  • Book: Pause Breathe Smile: Awakening Mindfulness When Meditation Is Not Enough by Gary Gach
  • App: Mindfulness Bell (plumvillage.org)

Bullying Story

  • “There was a bully at elementary school and I just couldn't believe what he was doing.”
  • “I found a time where I saw him bullying and I went up to him and I shoved him and said, you got to stop that.”
  • “I realized later that it's not good because I bullied him.”