Self Improvement, Empowerment, Inspirational, Meditation
Let's be real for a sec. Most of us don't have time for an hour of yoga or 30 minutes of meditation every day. We're overwhelmed as it is. Our spiritual practice shouldn't add to that.
That's why I've handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems-stress, burnout, frustration, jealousy, resentment. The stuff we have to deal with on a daily basis. This book is designed so that you can achieve peace and experience miracles now.
Inspired by some of the greatest spiritual teachings, these practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. They're powerful, life-changing meditations and principles, modernized and broken down into easy-to-digest techniques to fit your lifestyle.
Throughout the book, I share principles from both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation. These tools can help you find your connection to your inner strength. When you practice these techniques, fear will melt away, inspiration will spring up, and a sense of peace will set in.
The teachings and practices shared in this book are based heavily on A Course in Miracles and Kundalini practices (the latter of which, Ms. Bernstein is a devotee). As an added, and creative bonus, every practice in the book has been written in such a way that it can be on social media and filed under #MiraclesNow.
If your deep into your spiritual journey, this book may not be filled with groundbreaking information or ideas for you. For this reason, I think it makes a great gift for someone is ready to embark on spiritual transformation. But even for me, someone who has been on this journey for some time, I found it full of helpful reminders—especially when it comes to some habits I have to instill (or erase) from my life.
*FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
Usually books that aren’t fiction, I usually purchase a hard copy. I really enjoy reading fiction just before bed, as my sleepy brain can’t comprehend deep thoughts when I’m exhausted. And I can read them in the dark on my ipad (I know, the light is supposed to be bad for sleep, but I can’t help it). Anything about life, religion, health, etc… I prefer a hard copy so I can carry it around and read outside or just read bits and pieces throughout the day. Plus I find it easier to leaf through it if I want to go back later and re-read parts.
Unfortunately, I got this as an e-book. And late one night, a personal problem was just on my mind preventing me from sleeping and I thought, “Oh, I’ll just read to get my mind off of things.” I started this book and immediately fell in love. I had heard of this author before, as she’s written previous books; Spirit Junkie, Adding more ~ing to Your Life, to name a few… I passed them up because, well, Spirit Junkie seemed a little too “new-agey” for my taste. Adding More ~ing sounded immature. I’ll admit, I was curious, but not sold.
This book sounded a little more “normal” haha… I do believe in miracles! As if the title weren’t long enough, I feel that words like life-changing, less stress, and finding your true purpose…are some pretty big promises! That’s a lot of pressure for one little book. I glanced at the table of contents (miserable because I couldn’t sleep, despite being sleep-deprived) and decided to read a few pages.
Basically, the author sort of meshes teachings that she’s learned and practiced throughout the years. She can’t be much older than me, but I can tell she has studied a lot of books and techniques for reducing stress and practiced positivity and mind/body personal development.
She takes lessons from the popular book “A Course in Miracles”, famous teachings from many spiritual leaders and writes about these lessons in such a way that it’s much easier for an audience to read. It’s great for someone who doesn’t have time to make it their job to sit and go through this abundance of information. It took me several years worth of reading to really compile the topics that she’s written about in this book. It’s almost like a cheat-sheet for someone that wants to get straight to the point.
I found a lot of these lessons very valuble. Some, I’d practiced/learned previously, but some were new to me. The ones that weren’t new didn’t bother me, because it’s a journey to better one’s self. You may learn something once, but the more you think about it and read about it and the more you practice it, the more it becomes a part of you and I love that.
If you’re someone who enjoys authors such as Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Don Miguel Ruiz– you will very much enjoy what this book has to offer. I will say that it is put together in quite a simplistic manner. This is something that you can read maybe a page each day (similar to a devotional or something along those lines) or you can read it just like a regular book. Each topic is presented in generally a page or two. And as the title suggests, it offers 108 topics.
A few examples of topics covered (from the table of contents):
* Happiness is a choice you make.
* Worry is a prayer of chaos. (Amen to that! haha)
* “The miracle comes quietly.”
* “All minds are joined.”
* Bust through the blocks with a breath of fire.
* To feel supported, support yourself.
I hope you guys have found this review helpful. It’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read in awhile. Let me know if you all would like more reviews! :)
Disclaimer- This book was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. However, all opinions are entirely my own. If I didn’t like it, I would state it in the review! As always, I’m not going to recommend something that I would not go out and purchase myself!
Miracles Now does indeed appeal to the young and old with its practical, easy to understand spiritual lessons. Divided into 108 short chapters (most one or two pages), I liked reading a few pages after my morning meditation, and a few more in the evening before going to bed. Bernstein, very much in tune with social media, has a inspirational quote at the end of each chapter just perfect to summarize the topic and to share with your twitter followers. I sent out on my twitter feed the ones that had the most impact on me, such as:
“People who value themselves attract people who value them, too.” — Kate Northrup #MiraclesNow
The key to getting what you want is to ASK FOR IT. #MiraclesNow
I surrender my desires & I know the Universe has my back. #MiraclesNow
You don’t need to find your purpose.Your purpose will find you. #MiraclesNow
Is twitter not your thing? You can “pin it, post it to Facebook, or pass it along on Instagram” instead, says Gabby.
In the lessons she shares Bernstein draws from two primary sources: insights from A Course In Miracles and from her Kundalini yoga practice. In my experience A Course In Miracles can be difficult to understand on your own. Bernstein explains it in simpler terms. The Course “is a metaphysical self-taught curriculum based on the principle that when we choose love over fear we experience miraculous change,” she says. The Kundalini exercises were new to me and most were easy to follow (this old guy didn’t try the one where Gabby recommends standing on your head for one minute, however :-) )
Bernstein’s practical and straight forward spiritual exercises reminded me of the writing of Louise Hay – Gabby is that good. “When you are called to share the spiritual awareness you now have, don’t hesitate to speak up. Be the lighthouse. In your light, others will become illuminated,” Bernstein concludes in the final pages. Reading Miracles Now gave me encouragement to spread my own light, as well as a bevy of simple spiritual tools for me to use now and in the future.