“This is an important, eye-opening book for anyone.”

—Sharon Salzberg, Author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“Caroline Welch’s wise and timely book is a clarion call to all women, in the many roles we play, to bring more presence into our lives each day —not just through meditation, but in a variety of wise ways that lead to a richer, less stressful, more balanced life. Sharing her own experience from both Eastern and Western cultures, she offers a wealth of insight and sage advice about pacing, multitasking, relationships, and other essentials; and, as a result, readers will find themselves thinking in new ways about their own homelife, worklife, and the fine art of simply being in the world.”

—Diane Ackerman, New York Times bestselling author of The Zookeeper’s Wife

“Caroline Welch has gifted us with The Gift of Presence—an inviting, accessible, and beautifully written resource for women. Genuine and down-to-earth, Caroline demystifies mindfulness and provides practical suggestions to make it real. A perfect gift for any woman wanting to be more present while juggling the ups and downs of everyday life!”

—Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, President of the Mind & Life Institute, and Author of Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious and Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion, & Connectedness

“It’s so easy to forget what matters and race through our decades. Caroline Welch’s wise and clear book shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life. This fresh and entirely accessible guide explores cultivating presence through formal practice and throughout the moments of your day. It will help you reconnect to your true purpose, call forth your inner resourcefulness and awaken the fullness of your heart.”

—Tara Brach, Author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion

“This is a lovely book, scholarly, inviting and wise. From her own fascinating journey, plus the stories of women she’s interviewed and taught, Caroline Welch brings us a fresh and user-friendly synthesis of the benefits of meditation and how to make them ours. She weaves a tapestry of memorable concepts, scientific insights, and practical tips on how to live a more mindful life. By enhancing our receptivity to moments of presence that grace our lives, we can make mindful awareness the foundation for an ever-richer life of connection, compassion, and joy.”

——Diana Chapman Walsh, President emerita of Wellesley College, trustee emerita of Amherst College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Mind and Life Institute

“In this inspiring guide, Caroline Welch synthesizes cutting edge science and contemplative wisdom from across cultures and walks of life, drawing from her own remarkable, yet relatable life and the experiences of dozens of women. Reading this book is an immersion in a relaxing, yet rejuvenating retreat, providing a map for greater presence and deeper purpose in our lives. The Gift of Presence is one of the most precious and lasting gifts you can give to yourself.”

—Elissa Epel, PhD, Professor at the University of California San Francisco, and New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Telomere Effect

“If you have an ongoing mindfulness practice and especially, if you do not—like me—Caroline Welch’s The Gift of Presence is the book you didn’t know you needed. It gives you answers to questions you didn’t know you had. It’s like a cup of tea with a friend on a rainy afternoon—a very wise, gentle, informed friend. You simply walk away feeling better, glad to have it in your life and looking forward to opening it again, and again.”

—Sally Field, Actor and Author of In Pieces

“What a welcome resource Caroline Welch’s mindfulness guide is for us — the rich array of stories, teachings, and examples lovingly gathered here touch all of our lives. Rigorous research is presented clearly in a strong yet gentle voice. The Gift of Presence is a unique contribution that will benefit countless women — and men, too.”

—Trudy Goodman, PhD, Founding Teacher, InsightLA

“I love this book! It’s important that we all embrace the moment, be present, and cherish our time in the here and now. Caroline Welch inspires us to make mindfulness a way of being. The practical steps in this powerful guide lay the groundwork for more calm and less chaos in our lives. What a wonderful way to enhance our health and build a stronger mind!”

—Goldie Hawn, Producer, Actress, Founder of the Hawn Foundation/MindUP, and Author of 10 Mindful Minutes

“Caroline Welch offers us a timely prescription for vitality and resilience for women—and men—in an age of distraction, providing a scientifically-sound and accessible path to clarity in our busy lives. A nutritious menu of mind-strengthening tools, this accessible guide harnesses the research findings of how being present with open awareness can transform your medical health and even slow the aging process. Take these practical steps to live with presence and purpose in your life, creating the wellness you deserve.”

—Mark Hyman, MD, Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and New York Times bestselling author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Food: What the Heck Should I COOK?

“There is a simple, heartfelt invitation here, calling to you through Caroline and so many women’s voices. In The Gift of Presence, you will find permission and support for what matters. You can be flexible, inspired, grateful, kind to yourself, present and wise.”

—Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path With Heart

“I am always looking for that one book that can help a regular, busy person understand and develop a practice of presence, mindfulness, and heartful living. I found it in Caroline Welch’s The Gift of Presence. If you are the kind of woman (or man, for that matter) who isn’t prepared to enter a monastery or even go on a short retreat, this book will be a valued resource at work and home–a guide to forging a peaceful, warm, and kind relationship with yourself and your world.”

—Elizabeth Lesser, Cofounder Omega Institute, New York Times bestselling author of Broken Open and other books

“Caroline Welch makes a very compelling case for the power of mindfulness to positively transform our lives as women. She deftly navigates the scientific and theoretical foundations of mindfulness while offering a beautiful invitation to become more mindful without ever veering into self-help jargon. The Gift of Presence may be written for women, but it is truly a universal guide for anyone interested in strengthening and deepening their relationships, becoming more effective in reaching their goals, and having more joyful and meaningful lives.”

—B. Natterson-Horowitz, MD, Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and Professor of Medicine/Cardiology at UCLA, and New York Times bestselling author of Zoobiquity and Wildhood

“This is a wonderfully useful tool for helping women to find peace and calm in the midst of busy lives. Highly accessible yet filled with the latest cutting-edge science, this book will teach you how to use presence as a pathway to happiness.”

—Kristin Neff, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

“A powerful statement of how presence can change our lives. The Gift of Presence is a must if you are in a transformational period in your life. Caroline Welch has brilliantly laid out how to live intentionally rather than on auto pilot.”

—Diego Perez aka Yung Pueblo, Author of Inward

“Caroline Welch has created a wonderfully accessible discourse on a phenomenon that can benefit all of us. It is impossible to engage meaningfully in the world or effectively with others without first being PRESENT. Receptive awareness is an easy concept but requires evidenced based mindfulness practices to fully actualize in our lives. This book will make a difference to its readers.”

—Drew Pinsky, MD, TV Host, and New York Times bestselling author of The Mirror Effect

“Welch’s wonderful book is a mindfulness guide for women of all ages. Her gentle, practical and profound guidance reflects her great insight into the minds and hearts of women..”

—Mary Pipher, Ph.D, New York Times bestselling author of Reviving Ophelia, Women Rowing North, and Reviving Ophelia 25th Anniversary Edition with Sara Gilliam

“In The Gift of Presence… Caroline Welch… sets out to distill reams of peer-reviewed science about mindfulness into plain, clear advice.”

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The Gift of Presence is a wonderful guide for anyone seeking a greater sense of happiness, harmony, and purpose in life.”

—Andy Puddicombe, Co-founder of Headspace, and Author of The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness

“We live in a world of culturally constructed messages– often disempowering for women–that shape our beliefs, behaviors, and sense of self. The Gift of Presence is the antidote. Caroline Welch masterfully blends science, stories, and practices, offering doable ways to be our most resilient selves and get through even the toughest of times.”

—Michelle Reugebrink, Firefighter, Mindfulness and Resiliency Program Manager, Forest Therapy Guide and Coach

“This is an important, eye-opening book for anyone who wants to understand women who feel stressed out, who feel that they must still do more for less, that they and their work are devalued in a world where glass ceilings still abound. With clarity and the testimony of over 100 women she has worked with, author Caroline Welch offers pragmatic mindfulness exercises to discover one’s purpose in life, to summon the courage to change direction if necessary, to set priorities, and to let go of what simply can’t get done in order to cultivate inner peace and harmony.”

—Sharon Salzberg, Author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“An evocative reminder that arriving at presence and purpose in your life is as close as your next breath… and that’s when things get interesting. Caroline Welch has provided us with a wonderful guide for finding and harnessing these life transforming qualities.”

—Zindel Segal, PhD, Professor at the University of Toronto, and Author of The Mindful Way Through Depression

“Calling all women! At a time when we are juggling more than ever before, our stress levels are not just increasing, but have reached levels that are 40 % greater than men’s. Taking care of ourselves has never been more important, and Caroline Welch provides a research-based, healthy path to living with presence and purpose that can make a lasting difference on our health and well-being starting now.”

—Jennifer Siebel Newsom, First Partner of California, Filmmaker, Advocate, & Mom of four

“This beautifully-written book about presence invites women to connect with what is most meaningful in life. It offers practical tools for mindful living that anyone can adopt. It is infused with down to earth wisdom, relatable stories, and a look at the science behind it all. Highly recommended!”

—Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Author of The Little Book of Being




“I found the The Gift of Presence to be beautifully written, engaging and relatable. It has just the right amount of science—enough to illuminate without overwhelming the reader with complexity. I learned a tremendous amount, and most importantly, it not only made me more momentarily mindful, it also spurred me toward a more regular practice. There’s just one line in the book I take issue with: the line that says we can’t change another person. Of course we can! I’m confident this book will change everyone who reads it!”

—Debbie Landis, Brooklyn, NY

I profoundly enjoyed Caroline’s insights, practical advice and research. I have been more present in the small moments than ever before. Her mini-meditations have already helped me to feel more calm.

—Anne Stefanyk, CEO/Founder Kanopi Studios