The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women

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The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women
Conversation with Deepak Chopra & Caroline Welch

Caroline Welch is the CEO and Co-founder, with Dr. Dan Siegel, 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 career in law as a corporate litigator. Welch has served as a Los Angeles County court-appointed mediator, as well as in- house counsel at MGM Studios and Spelling Entertainment Group. She began her mindfulness practice forty years ago while working in Japan as an English teacher.

Welch’s first book, The Gift of Presence: A Mindfulness Guide for Women (released March 2020) has been widely acclaimed, described as, “A gift for us all—filled with practical insights about the power of mindfulness” and “a must-read for women of all ages” by Arianna Huffington and a “wise and clear book that shows us how mindful awareness can give us back our life,” by Tara Brach. Publishers Weekly praised Welch’s work as follows: “In The Gift of Presence … Caroline Welch … sets out to distill reams of peer-reviewed science about mindfulness into plain, clear advice.”

Welch provides lectures and workshops on antisexism, antiracism, and well-being in our personal and professional lives. She and her husband, Dan, live in Santa Monica and have two adult children. For more information about Caroline Welch, please visit her website:

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Discussion Points
How did your mindfulness journey begin?
Why a mindfulness guide for women?
In interviewing over 100 women as part of your research, what did you learn about mindfulness?
How did you select the 3 Ps of Purpose, Pivoting, and Pacing, and how do they relate to mindfulness?
What do you recommend for creating a sustainable mindfulness practice?
You talk about invitations, not expectations in your book. Why is that so important to you?
How can mindfulness help us in these especially uncertain times?
Why did you get so excited to learn about the default mode network?
Why is acceptance so important in mindfulness?
What’s the one thing you hope your readers will take away from your book?

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