The Power of Pause: New Terry Hershey Book Shows How to Become More by Doing Less

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In today's tough economy, many people are looking for ways to simplify their lives, getting back to basics, and finding their lives richer for it. They've discovered what author Terry Hershey calls The Power of Pause.

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In today's tough economy, many people are looking for ways to simplify their lives, getting back to basics, and finding their lives richer for it. They've discovered what author Terry Hershey calls The Power of Pause.

"Doing nothing can change everything," Hershey says. It's a countercultural message in a fast fast-forward world that equates busyness with importance, acknowledges Hershey, a professional garden designer, popular speaker, and retreat leader.

His new book The Power of Pause: Becoming More by Doing Less (Loyola Press, $16.95 September 2009) is filled with 52 weeks of reflections and practical ideas about how to stop long enough to "let the soul catch up with the body."

The book offers an experience of pause as it offers lessons in how to catch one's breath--and why it's essential. Slowing down endows one with the power to:

  • pay attention;
  • be centered;
  • listen;
  • say yes to the moment and no to urgency.

Human lives need space for productivity, but not at the expense of the space where one's inner life is nourished. When people don't take time to pause--to cease activity, to treasure quiet time, even for "unrepentant napping"--they pay a price in health, wholeness, and relationships.

The first step to slowing down is to take the online Power of Pause Assessment, to determine if there's enough pause in your life. Then, the book can serve as a guide to adding more restful, rejuvenating moments to your days. Among Terry Hershey's 52 suggestions for powerful pauses are:

  • withdraw for at least half day, wearing some form of an "I'm Closed" sign;
  • take at least one item off the week's to-do list;
  • visit a garden, allowing time to wander through and breathe in the sense of sanctuary (see pictures of Terry's garden on Vashon Island, Washington, online at Book Extras);
  • savor a treat: an ice cream cone, a cup of good coffee, a beautiful view, or a favorite walking path;
  • spend at least one week away from time management tools;
  • play like a child: run through a sprinkler, roll down a hill, swing on a swing. Check out Book Extras for instructions on how to make whimsical crafts such as pinwheels, suncatchers, and tambourines.

About the Author

Terry Hershey is the founder of Hershey & Associates, an organization that provides workshops and seminars on building balanced lives and healthy relationships. Terry is also a professional landscape designer who savors daily pauses in his personal garden behind his home on Vashon Island, Washington, where he lives with his wife and son. He is the author of nine books, including Beginning Again and Soul Gardening: Cultivating the Good Life.

The Power of Pause: Becoming More by Doing Less
by Terry Hershey
Loyola Press
Hardcover $16.95
ISBN 978-0-8294-28692-9
PUB DATE: September, 2009

http://www.loyolapress.com/powerofpause

http://www.terryhershey.com/

Photos of Terry's garden:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/25225108@N02/3704335341

The Power of Pause video trailer
http://authors.loyolapress.com/author/terry-hershey/

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