The truth in wellness



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“Wellness expands when we’re in integrity with ourselves and others.”

–Gail Kauranen Jones, Mind Body Coach and Author

The three years prior to getting my breast cancer diagnosis were the most stressful times of my life. A colleague of mine, watching my life unravel in incredulous ways, said he felt like he was observing the crucifixion of Jesus hanging from the cross.

I have since learned from health experts I admire, including my second opinion breast surgeon, and participants at The Mind Body Program for Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital that I attended for three months, that many patients have two to three incredibly stressful years prior to getting their diagnosis.

Looking back at my off-the-charts stressful time, I see much of my angst was caused by deceit from others, and even myself, in not fully honoring who I am. I was living smaller than my “knowing” and giving my power to others.  That story changed in my subsequent healing journey, which is detailed in my book in development.

We all have stress in our lives. Learning ways to cope with and reduce stress is paramount to achieving greater states of wellness.

One way to elevate your potential for greater health is to make honest choices after asking:

Where am I not living in integrity?

In truth and wellness,



1. I allow myself to calm my mind and rest my body for greater wellness.
2. I allow myself to live in integrity.
3. I allow myself to thrive in wellness with the support of like-minded others.

The above photo was taken by Bill Robertson, outside of a law office on Green Street in Newburyport, Mass.   It represents for me the purity of staying in wellness by releasing negativity from our lives and bodies.


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  • Donna bates says:

    I can really relate to the need to rest your mind. After many years of nonstop stress I decided to relocate to a new area to get away and start a new life. My realtor friend introduced me to you Gail and you were the first person who I met. Talk about blessings. Your words have inspired me to change my life and to achieve inner peace. I will be forever grateful for your guidance. Your blogs are amazing just like you!!! Thank you….. Donna

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Wow, Donna: I am glad I was able to make such a difference in your life through simple friendship…and thanks to Ann Marie for introducing us. I did not know I was the first person you were to meet here in the Newburyport area. To more joy ahead….Gail

  • Great article, Gail. Having just gone through a very stressful time of getting a mortgage on a new home, and getting our existing home on the market this is a reminder for me to get back in balance in my life and look at the places where I might not be living in integrity. Thanks for the wake up call!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Craig: Thanks for taking the time to write during what can be one of the most stressful times of life: moving. I wish you all the best of luck in this major life transition. Maybe I’ll get to Colorado skiing again one day:) Gail

  • Gail,

    I am typing this with my left hand as I recently broke my right humerus.

    Your blog reminds me that rest and
    ‘being still” is a necessity of survival of body and spirit.
    This unfortunate accident is a result of my not honoring myself…of my rushing to get contracts signed and meeting deadlines with a schedule that was insane, if not impossible to please everyone. I LITERALLY set myself up for this fall.

    Once again, your insight and timely messages, are gifts to others struggling with the intention of living an authentic life with integrity. I am grateful to have you in my life.
    oh, I will be at your workshop!


    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      So excited Ann Marie that you will be joining mine and Catherine’s workshop…we’ll send healing energy to that humerus:) Gail

  • Kari Joys says:

    Beautiful article, Gail! It’s been shown to be true over and over that our stress is what causes many illnesses. Learning to release our tension and emotional pain and then live in integrity with ourselves is so vitally important for our health. As a psychotherapist, I see this in my work everyday. The world needs more people like you who are reminding all of us to come home to our inner peace and joy. To be healthy physically and emotionally, we need to be who we really are!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Kari: Thanks for your wise insights, and I especially appreciate your final comment: “We need to be who we really are!” That level of authenticity requires vulnerability and openness. And courage! Gail

  • Gail, thanks for being a powerful and loving voice to remind us of the emotional/mental side of illness. Although we don’t have control over external stress, we can choose to respond in ways that are true to us. Living in integrity is soooo important to health and happiness. Thanks for the reminder! Lyndra

  • Cathy says:

    Your knowledge and passion for the subject matter are truly impressive!

    What a wonderful place to be in – having come out of the darkness and into the light and wanting
    To share it all.
    Here’s to courage and authenticity……..

  • cynde denson says:

    Another wise and insightful article Gail that offers a tool we can all do to better interact with our “stressors” in a healthy way. Thank you!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      You’re welcome, Cynde. And I appreciate your reminder that there are healthy ways to to interact with stressors, which are in indeed a part of life.

  • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

    Cathy: Sharing is a huge part of who I am–and turning adversity into greatness (and health) is part of my mission. Thanks for acknowledging my work, and my commitment to living an authentic life and guiding others to do the same.

  • Mary Ann says:

    I keep a note over my computer which reads:
    1. This too shall pass.
    2. You are not alone.
    3. Other people have good intentions.
    4. There’s a bright side to every situation.
    5. Slow down and breathe.

    STRESS KILLS…… But I know that when I do something for someone whose situation is so much more insane than mine, I am blessed with a peaceful heart. It calms me down. So smile as much as you can, it is contagious….and believe that your purpose does indeed have a bright side! Wish I could get to that seminar, best wishes! Mary Ann

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks for sharing your wise words, Mary Ann. And I appreciate your note on my purpose having a bright side. I remember when I was participating in The Mind Body Program for Cancer, a lovely woman sharing this insight when she told her grandchildren of her diagnosis: “I am not contagious.” I have since learned not only are cancer survivors not contagious, but many of them are the most courageous people I have ever known. There is so much to be learned from them/us about LIVING. Warmly, Gail

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