Choosing love over fear

“The hardest times to choose love are the very times when you can most grow spiritually. In fact, they are the only times you can grow spiritually!”
–Gary Zukav

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am sharing a sneak preview of my healing journey and book in development.

Beyond offering a glimpse at “my story,” I feel compelled to share that I made a divinely guided choice after my diagnosis to live from love versus fear. That choice led me to honor my mind, body and spirit in new ways.

I continue to deepen my sense of love, and coach, teach and show up in relationships from that foundation. Sometimes, I make mistakes in this laboratory of life, but I continue to be a willing learner, more consciously practicing authentically loving behaviors.

I believe at the end of life, for whatever its duration may be, that the greatest “accomplishment” is knowing that we have loved and are loved.

Getting to Italy is still one of my bucket list items, but at the top of my vision board now is my mantra on choosing to live from love.

I hope you enjoy my short video, and if you feel inspired to post a comment or share it with someone it may help, I would be most grateful:




P.S.—For more details about healing from cancer, click here.




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  • Dick joseph says:

    You are an amazing woman and you have an ability to communicate your journey and offer advice in a non-judgmental way with caring and love. I am so happy that you chose the path to health that you did. You need to be around a long, long time because you are such an incredibly beautiful person who has a lot to share with the world. It was nice to see you again….even if it was only on video. Thank you for sharing.
    Continue to take good care of yourself.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Dick: I am moved to tears, with the generosity of your words and the kindness of your consistent encouragement for this “calling”–and for the other dreams for me and my children before that which you supported:) Blessings, Gail

  • Dick joseph says:

    It’s easy to say nice things about someone who is consistently better than advertised!! Keep up the great work!
    You’re awesome!

  • Deb Busser says:

    Gail, I so appreciate the perspective you bring. Great reminder for me today to listen to my body and trust its wisdom. Thanks for sharing your brave journey, and for walking the talk. Deb

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Deb. It is easier to “walk the talk” with loving, wise people like you in my corner:)

  • Anne says:

    Thank you so much. When I get back home I will savor every word you wrote…I am glad I met you on the road to discovery and will definitely keep in touch through words and images…stay well, cheers…anne

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Anne: What a delightful surprise to meet you at my favorite writing spot, your son’s coffee cafe, on the day when my email crashed as I was trying to send my video to my IT guy to upload onto my website! That “pause” allowed me to enjoy your company and view the beautiful photos of your travels. I look forward to seeing more of your images. Wishing you a safe and fun trip visiting your daughter and then back to England. From one creative soul to another…bless you, Gail

  • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

    UPDATE: A friend, unaware of this blog post, coincidentally sent me this link today, based on a study from the National Cancer Institute.

    I think it’s important to note that my health decision was not purely emotional, mental or spiritual, but also based on science. I scored low on this test.

  • I just watched the video – which came across as heartfelt, genuine and caring. Gail, you have so much important, salient information to present. I feel blessed and believe we are all blessed to have your thoughts, ideas and words of wisdom and inspiration to draw from.

    Gail, thank you for your support on a personal level. It was very helpful to me when you identified (in our recent conversation) denial as an important part of my healing journey after cancer surgery five years ago. In my case, the denial came in the form of resistance, not succumbing to the paternalistic approach of the traditional medical establishment. Although I did eventually engage in one form of traditional treatment, it was only after extensive research and measured evaluation on my part. I also chose to accompany my traditional treatment with naturopathic treatments designed to enhance my immune system-very successfully, I might add.

    Bravo for your passion and a worthwhile contribution – and much needed.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Kixx: And I thank you for sharing with me recently your mindful approach to healing, and the power behind your choice to deny cancer would impact your life in the fearful ways it was suggested. I honor your decision to combine traditional with alternative medicine–and the success you achieved using both in your healing journey. Each of us must honor our own wisdom. I feel blessed for the many, many insights I gained by listening to you and all the research you did–and also for being able to share our healing approaches with such honesty. Healing from cancer can be a lonely journey–especially when we veer from traditional approaches. Your wisdom and passion for life have been gifts to me as well. I so respect your courage, Gail

  • Judy miller says:

    Gail, I respect and admire your passion and compassion for those that receive a cancer diagnosis. To pause in the fear and uncertainty is an act of courage. Thanks for your understanding and for leading the way. It is such an encouragement for me to have people that are farther down the road than me. We need to hear your voice. Thanks for giving yourself over to this calling.

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Judy, for your kind words on my “voice.” I have long taught “the power of pause” as a major concept for embracing life’s major transitions. To pause upon hearing a diagnosis is indeed even more challenging as the words doctors utter can sometimes feel so scary that it can seem easier to do the quickest thing possible–and hand over our health care decisions to others– to alleviate the emotional pain. Pausing to listen to our own wisdom and align our minds with the body’s innate ability to heal can help us make wiser choices, no matter which route each patient individually selects. I am appreciative of your support of my “calling.” Blessings, Gail

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