I recently finished Gabby Bernstein’s “May Cause Miracles,” a fabulous self-development, spiritual read that incorporates journaling and meditation. I truly enjoyed this process—and it was a [somewhat] new routine. The premise is that in the morning you read a passage, sit in meditation, perhaps set a timer reminder about your affirmation and are on with your day! So. Simple. And fast. I already wake up pretty early but any earlier and I’d be up with the 4 a.m. news crew. The evening exercises can be more in-depth if she asks you to journal answers to some questions but I’ve found it’s a nice way to end the day.
A few self-reflection takeaways:
- One-minute of meditation in the morning can truly change your life.
- In fact, since finishing this book, I’ve randomly flipped through the book in the morning and done the meditation. Just this morning, I flipped to a page and found myself changing some of the words on the meditation to what I felt I needed today. Sometimes you just need the fill-in-the-blank approach.
- Journaling doesn’t have to be long or intensive, and the nights where I “just don’t want to,” could be as simple as just writing two sentences about my feelings. When I don’t connect, I can feel my mind wander astray.
- Setting a mantra reminder throughout the day is really powerful. While I stopped setting the hourly reminders, I’ve actually kept one of them. Practice what sticks…remember?*see earlier post.
- “I believe in miracles.” Chimes at 3:33 p.m. every day. It always seems to come at a time when a minute of reflection is just right.