The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women
Caroline Welch, MA, JD
Anxiety in our world is rising, and women consistently report higher stress levels than men. In marginalized groups, the stress levels are even higher. Simultaneous demands and high expectations for filling multiple roles– imposed not only by others but also by women themselves – have led to pervasive multitasking and an elusive quest for balance.
What can be done to reduce stress and build resilience in the lives of women—and all of us—during these challenging times? While we can’t control others or events, we can control how we choose to respond to what’s happening around us through a calm, clear, open, receptive state of mind simply called Presence, mindfulness, or mindful awareness.
In The Gift of Presence, Caroline Welch offers a scientifically based, practical approach for integrating mindfulness into our everyday lives. Drawing on interviews with a diverse group of over 100 women from around the world, Welch demonstrates the power of Presence through what she calls the 3 Ps: Purpose (finding meaning by impacting others), Pivoting (course-correcting), and Pacing (using a wider lens to avoid trying to do it all, all at once).
Caroline Welch is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the Mindsight Institute, in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, with a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, she started her legal career as a corporate litigator. Caroline was introduced to mindfulness over forty years ago while living in Japan for three years.
“The Gift of Presence is a gift for us all – filled with practical insights and fascinating science about the power of mindfulness. Inspiring, well-written and wise, it’s a must-read for women of all ages.”
– Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
Dr. Margaret Stuber, Professor and Associate Chair, Medical Student Education, and Senior Semel Scholar, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will join Caroline Welch in discussion. Dr. Stuber is also the Psychiatry Residency Program Director and Director, Office of Education, Mental Health of VA Greater Los Angeles.
Los Angeles, CA