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Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break Paperback – April 4, 2017
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“Pause is the real deal. With proven techniques backed by science, Rachael O'Meara shows us how to connect with ourselves and tap into what we really value."
--Arianna Huffington, New York Times bestselling author of Thrive
“Pausing can add wonderful value to your life. In this enlightening book, Rachael shares many useful tips and inspiring stories that show how to tune-in to your life, align yourself with your passions, and live with meaning. This is truly a book worth pausing for.”
--Chade-Meng Tan, bestselling author of Search Inside Yourself and Joy on Demand
"Pause is a much-needed and timely book for those of us who often feel stuck or our to-do lists have taken over our lives. The lessons, stories, and insights Rachael shares will help you discover the practical and powerful value of pausing. In this step-by-step guide, she shows you how to return to the wisdom of your natural flow in your daily life."
--Agapi Stassinopoulos, bestselling author of Unbinding the Heart and Wake Up to the Joy of You
"In a world of constant change and ever-customizable career paths, the ability to Pause is a crucial skill we must all cultivate. Rachael O'Meara has captured a critical component of a life well-lived—taking periodic pauses, or time-outs, to re-align our actions with our inner voice. Career pauses—whether one minute, one day, or one week—are the essential ingredient to making meaningful next moves. If you're concerned about the time or money to make it happen, don't worry—as Rachael says, with the right mindset and creative planning, anything is Pause-able."
—Jenny Blake, author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters is Your Next One
"Pause is a wonderful guide to living our lives with more courage, self-compassion, and authenticity. Filled with practical knowledge and tools, Rachael shows us how to tap into our deeper selves and notice what is happening underneath the surface while not freaking out when plans don't go our way. Pause to read this book!"
--Mike Robbins, author of Nothing Changes Until You Do
"If you are like me, making a friendship with uncertainty can be daunting. Fortunately Rachael O’Meara’s new book is a practical toolkit for navigating and facilitating change. What I’ve learned from Pause changes everything."
--Barnet Bain, director of Milton’s Secret, producer of What Dreams May Come, author of The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work
"If you've ever hit a wall, this book is for you. Rachael O'Meara's knows--she's been there. Pause is an insightful and actionable roadmap for taking a moment to look inward, and making change that lasts."
--Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want, founder of CD Baby, TED speaker
“Pause is a wonderful guide to reconnecting-- with ourselves, with the world around us, and with those values we care about the most. Full of warmth and practical advice, reading it feels as though you are being taken by the hand and guided through some of life's tumultuous waters.”
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
"With a powerful, comprehensive approach, Pause explores all the different ways we need to disconnect in order to reconnect and flourish. I can’t recommend this book enough to those who are feeling stressed-out. As someone who turns off all screens with my family once a week for our weekly "Technology Shabbats'" for the last seven years, I can promise you that bringing the ideas of Pause into your life will make your life better."
--Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards
"Pause gives you the permission you might have been looking for to take a break in your life or start on a new adventure. Rachael not only explains why it's important, but she also breaks down how you can do it."
- Karen Henson Jones, author of Heart of Miracles
About the Author
Rachael O’Meara is a transformational leadership and executive coach, assisting others to fulfill their potential. She is a sales executive at Google and also hosts authors who have meaningful messages about mindfulness and emotional intelligence for the TalksAtGoogle YouTube channel. She writes regularly for sites including the Huffington Post and leads workshops and speaks on the practice of pausing. She is certified in Transformational Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential (ICF certified), and has an MBA from Fordham University.
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Things I like about this book: tons of case studies that you may identify with, including luminaries like Gabrielle Bernstein and Danielle LaPorte; step-by-step instructions for initiating your pause; introduction to incredibly useful concepts like self-validated intimacy and strengths finding; great sections on meditation and digital detox; cool exercises, like the "ten-second micro-pauses" of taking 6 deep breaths or breathing into your palms; easy to read.
O'Meara has done a great service by highlighting the importance of taking a pause and providing the tools to make it happen. If you think you're too busy to pause, that's like thinking you're too fat to exercise: you need this book, stat. I'm hoping this is the beginning of not just a good idea but a great movement to change people's attitudes towards leading more balanced, happy lives.
-- Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil, Happiness Engineer & author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the highest-rated dating book on Amazon for 4 years
Ironically, I took many pauses in reading this book. While it’s full of personal stories and flows easily, it’s also full of tips and exercises that made me stop to reflect. I love the description of another reviewer here who called it a treasure map. So, I encourage readers to keep a notebook nearby. The book has many places for readers to pause and journal, and that’s what made it most useful to me.
One of my favorites lines in the book is an offer to reframe how we see pauses: “Life is handing you an opportunity to recalibrate. It is a gift.” I agree wholeheartedly, and I hope this book inspires many more people to give themselves permission to pause!
Sadly, nothing more could be from the truth. What we hyper "connected" modern human needs is to slow down, to actually connect with our body's and spirits, and begin to listen more and do less.
Rachael's time working for Google, one of the most well known tech firms of all time, underscores her message: Even those at the top of their game need to learn how to pause, or, dare I say, run the risk of having lived a seemingly productive live only to find oneself bereft of true meaning and true fulfillment at the end of their lives.
Great work Rachael!!!
The author is best in telling her personal story of her pause from Google. As a teacher who has hosted over 170 successfully leaders tell their story to college students, after a while, you realize that part of "success" is being able to see beyond yourself and into yourself. How we do this is as Ms. O'Meara writes is highly personal - hence the complexity of her ideas to address various types of pauses. She is most effective discussing taking action in the moment to reflect, to slow down, to disconnect, to pause. Realizing the kind of pause needed right now is easiest when our purpose is bent toward an eternal destiny which God can only offer.