Sadie Macleod meets international acclaimed author, inspirational speaker and spiritual rockstar, Gabrielle Bernstein, and finds out how we all have the potential to create miracles everyday…
The first thing that struck me about Gabby when I met her was just how beautiful she was. Her skin glowed like a lucky teenager in the throes of love and her face just radiated happiness, which could have had something to do with the dazzling wedding ring on her finger (she got married in October), but something led me to believe that it was even more than that. She radiates positivity, which given that she “totally bottomed out” (her words, not mine) in her early 20s (Gabby is now a very-young looking 34 year old) is a miracle in itself.
Back then Gabby was caught up in a cycle of bad relationships, suffered from eating disorders, addictions to drugs, was full of both self-loathing and self-doubt (a toxic combination) and had an unfulfilling career in PR. And it was when she hit rock bottom that she discovered “A Course in Miracles”, which taught her to view her life in a totally new way. She is now an international happiness guru with the most lovely soul (and hair), and counts Oprah and Marie Forleo as her best buddies.
Her new book, Miracles Now, teaches us all to think differently and make the same radical changes in our own lives. As most of us don’t have time to meditate daily or spend hours in a yoga studio, Gabrielle has handpicked life-changing tools that take no longer than a few minutes.
Without further ado we bring you Gabby Bernstein’s Guide to a Happy, Hip & Healthy Life:
WAKE UP WITH A PRAYER
I love waking up. It’s the best part of the day. I start each morning with a Prayer. I put my palms up and ask “What miracles would you have me perform today?”.
The greatest lesson I have ever learned is that happiness is a choice I make. Each time we make a shift and choose happiness we experience a miracle. Whenever you notice your thoughts detour into attack mode, say to yourself: Happiness is a choice I make.
PIMP YOUR BREAKFAST
Every morning I have gluten-free organic oatmeal with cacao powder, coconut oil, hemp seeds, blueberries, hemp milk – I don’t have sugar so this is as sweet as it gets for me.
DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY
Worry is a prayer for chaos… It is a bad habit that takes over your thoughts and your life. When you notice yourself start to worry simply stare at the tip of your nose. This simple action will shut your mind off and stop the worry in it’s tracks.
MAKE YOUR OFFICE YOUR ZEN DEN
This is where I connect to the world. Right next to my desk is my yoga mat and my alter too. I also do my guided meditations here – especially at 4pm as that’s when I need it most.
ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
Don’t complain about not getting what you want, ask for it. Yes it can be difficult to ask, but it’s important to realise that you won’t get what you want until you are willing to put it out there.
KEEP YOUR BEAUTY REGIME NATURAL
Moisturising is super important. I swear by Dr Haushka’s Day Cream, which I use twice a day.
SLEEP YOUR WAY TO THE TOP
No, not that kinda of sleeping… I mean the drooling on your pillow kind of sleep. I’m not saying we need eight or ten hours a night to feel fully rested. In fact, sometimes less sleep can be more restorative.
Gabrielle Bernstein’s new book “Miracles Now” is available to buy on the 8th April.