I totally agree with my spiritual teacher Gabrielle Bernstein hearing her describe her latest book, “Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding your True Purpose” as her “Greatest Hits”. I’ve been a student and fan of Gabby’s spiritual work for the last 3 years so I was pretty stoked to know that “Miracles Now” was included on the next list of my review choices from Hay House! Gabrielle, a student and teacher of “A Course in Miracles“, is a very special human angel soul to me.
She came to me via Elle Magazine August 2011 right when I needed to start learning how to forgive, release the past, and focus on the good stuff, pronto. I’ve always loved her honesty and sense of forgiveness she has with her many moons ago past-life hardcore NYC party-girl self. I’ve devoured on repeat and love all of her books and lectures, but Miracles Now is definitely my favorite because it reads more like an intuitive tarot deck. You find yourself turning to a lesson when you need it, even it it’s just the end quote you may notice first or a sentence may pop out in the middle of the page. When I randomly opened the book to #53: Value Yourself and the World Will Value You, the message was loud and clear. Gabby says to list three different amazing things about me and my life in detail every single day: 1) I have a job that supports my daydream manifestations, island lifestyle and three cats. 2) I have the ability to make art and write every day with my hands, creative mind, and healthy heart 3) I travel every year to a dream destination with my amazing boyfriend. Easy, right? It makes me feel happy right this moment to even type those reasons, because I can see and feel this is my truth! It’s like instant gratitude, just like that. The book is lovingly filled with 107 more lessons combined with a meditations, Kundalini yoga, affirmation mantras + mudras that take just a minute, creating Miracles Now…
Here’s some that immediately resonated with me:
#16- Make Forgiveness a Practice.
4 steps to cope with attack thoughts, whether they’re towards yourself or others. “Breathe into the feeling of discomfort” Challenging but oh so therapeutic.
#22- Lose the Stage Fright.
I’m all about sharing our light. Believe in your talents. The world needs more of our goodness that only our unique selves can offer. However you are expressing your talents and awesome self, don’t be afraid to shine! A quick introduction on your meridian points included: calm your soul quick to perform your heART out.
#31- Be the Lighthouse.
Instead of focusing on the trauma or drama of a situation, bring the light and focus on healing. Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Se So Hung = I am Thou… “Those who practice this meditation participate in changing the vibration of the world.” Sweetness.
#57- Surrender It All.
Surrender is one of my favorite words. It equals Freedom to me. Gabby’s message here is to simply pray. “When we fold our hands in prayer, God opens His arms and gives us a hug.” That image alone makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Peace is our main focus.
#60- Celebrate Your Small Successes.
Dude! We are amazing people. We do good stuff all the time. We make good meals, heal people, help our friends and animals in need, and we all create beauty in our lives and can assist others in noticing their specialness in some way shape or form. Look at how rad you are and celebrate it! “The moment we begin to celebrate ourselves and focus on our successes is the moment we begin living.”
#68- Handle the Resisters.
There will always be someone who isn’t as happy for you as you’d like them to be. It’s okay. As long as you believe in you though, that’s the bottom line. Yes I’m all about sharing our light but I also stand firm in protecting your magic and energy. “Honor your dreams and they will be honored.” YOUR dreams. This has now become one of my top three mantras…
#84- When the Time is On You, Start and the Pressure Will Be Off.
My friend Erica texted this exact mantra to me today when I requested some anti-procrastination advice. This applies to everything: deadlines, chores, yoga, art projects, planning your dreams. Start by showing up, take the first step. Just go sit on your yoga mat, see what happens… change is your friend. Hiding out and staying stuck is detrimental to our being. For me this just involves sitting down with my scissors, glue and magazines or notebook and pen, and before I know it, my art/writing muse takes over…
#89- Make Money and Miracles.
We are worthy of financial abundance. Do not allow your financial fears to dominate your bank account. The abundance prayer and meditation remind me that not only do I have enough of everything and am always taken care of- I welcome miracles, in abundance.
#99- Stop Obsessing.
Oh yes, Monkey Mind Monica over here. What don’t I obsess over? I find that when I stop being a control freak and can realize, “…I am powerless over this situation and I surrender it to the Universe” is when I can really be set free and my energy totally shifts to calm minus the anxiety. I accept the situation and move forward with ease. Surrendering control is a tough one for this Leo…
#101- Live In a Judgement-Free Zone.
Oh boy. I’ll be honest, I don’t know who I judge the most: myself, people I know, people I don’t know…either way I never ever feel good when I catch myself doing this or realize later how much energy I spent JUDGING fellow humans. I wrote “*crucial” on this page and underlined it 3 times. All judging does is provide negative feelings of separation. We all must share our spirit with each other and support and love one another. Feelings of isolation and competitiveness will get us nowhere. “Your commitment to see love is all that matters…Each time you catch yourself judging others or yourself, simply say, “I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.”
I love them all. It was challenging to pick which to share with you. I carry Miracles everywhere now, most recently it’s always with me at the beach included with my tarot deck and journal. Gabby nailed it with these 108 gems. She recognizes that yes, we are an overall thriving modern society- but also a bit scattered and sometimes unsure about the direction of our increasingly busy personal, and professional lives.
Legit meditations that actually work in one minute, brilliant. I also love the Kundalini yoga photos (by Chloe Crespi!) and personal stories Gabby includes about her friends and family, calling herself out first on her daily struggles. “Miracles Now” provides Gabrielle’s hand-picked and heartfelt simple techniques to feel good, have faith, and make happiness our (#1!) choice. We’ve always had the answers- “Miracles Now” just helps us to remember them…
#108: YOU ARE THE GURU:
“Trust that you have…all the knowledge to show up for this life with magnitude and strength. Unleash your inner power with the conviction of a saint.” ?
***I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes***
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