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Hear what others are saying about Pause:

“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


"Rachael's book is fantastic. She writes with clarity, heart, and practical wisdom woven together. Her book is an oasis in the middle of our busy busy times."

- Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and NYT bestselling author of Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

“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

Feeling overwhelmed, burned out, or stuck? Discover the power of the pause.

Sometimes life throws you for a loop. You’re stressed out at your job; you’re torn between work and family; your motivation and productivity are taking a nosedive. Your impulse might be to lean in and tough it out, but what you may really need to do is take a step back. Reassess your life with a clear head and dive back in with purpose and poise. In this enlightening book, Rachael O’Meara guides you through the steps of your own pause journey:

- The signs that you’re in need of a meaningful break
- Planning your optimal pause—whether it’s as short as a day or as long as an epic journey
- Reentering the world with renewed clarity and purpose. 

Incorporating the latest findings from psychology and neuroscience and peppered with inspiring stories of successful pauses, this book will show you that the fastest way to happiness is to slow down. Whether you pause by taking a five-minute walk outside, spending a day unplugged from digital devices, or taking a few weeks off to yourself, Pause will give you the tools to find what “lights you up” and the ability to lead the most satisfying and fulfilling life you choose.

Pause is an inspiring, powerful guide to learning to “pause”—even just for a few minutes a day—to check in with yourself, avoid burnout, and have a happier and more meaningful career and personal life.

What is a pause?

A pause is any intentional shift in behavior that helps you lead a more meaningful and satisfying life. It can be thought of as any break or time spent differently than you would. Anyone can pause. It's not about the quantity of time, but what you intend to get out of it. 

10% of author royalties will be donated annually to three pause-some charities picked by Rachael:


Graphic Credit: Cave Henricks

Pause now in Korean
Pause is also in Taiwan / Mandarin!

"Your book made me realize I needed a longer break, which I did as I enjoyed the view from my window, wonderful trips with my husband and son, and time spent getting my physical and mental health back. I learned so much, and seriously, your book gave me the push I needed. I am now back at work with a whole new perspective. Thank you for sharing your expérience and wisdom, it helped me tremendously."

- Andrée U., Canada

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