Venus Interviews Gabrielle Bernstein
Venus interviews Gabrielle Bernstein, one of our favorite EleVen by Venus motivational blog guests, and New York Times bestselling author.
Positve Change shared in Two Simple Exercises!
V: Welcome Gabby! Great to connect and I'm actually excited on my timing because I learned you have a new book coming out, one that can be inspirational for helping people with positive change, something we really support here at EleVen by Venus. Tell us about the concept for your new book, Miracles Now.
G: I love this book and I’m so psyched to share it with you. Miracles Now helps readers lessen stress and find peace. I handpicked 108 techniques to combat our most common problems—from addiction and anxiety to burnout and resentment. The exercises are inspired by some of my greatest spiritual teachings. Throughout the book, I offer up spirit-based principles, meditations and practical tools to help readers bust through blocks to live with more ease.
V: I can definitely appreciate blocks. I think we all experience them, especially as it relates to changing habits, our eating and exercise routines. It can be daunting to make ourselves over. With my own auto-immune disease, I completely overhauled my diet, but it didn't come easily. In fact, I went through a phase after my diagnosis where I didn't act on getting healthy. I think people need to feel good on the inside, and then they can act on the outside, getting healthy and feeling energized. What's a good starting point for someone to start with feeling good on the inside?
G: To begin your commitment to feeling good on the inside, start by paying attention to attack thoughts toward yourself and others. These negative thoughts are particularly dangerous because they can be so subtle and insidious that we might not even realize how much they’ve taken over our minds and stressed us out. But as fiendish as they are, they’re surprisingly easy to let go of. All it takes is an ordinary rubber band. Follow this great tool from my new book, Miracles Now and get into the practice of shifting your thoughts.
Snap Out Of It!
This is a simple exercise for shifting your thoughts back to peace. Wear a rubber band on your wrist. Each time you notice a stressful thought arise promptly flick the rubber band against your arm. Does this seem jarring? Good! It’s exactly what you need to literally snap yourself out of your unconscious stressful thought.
Once you’ve snapped out of the negative cycle, it’s time to clean up the thoughts. Upon snapping the rubber band take a long deep breath and change the thought to, “I choose to release fear now. I choose peace instead.”
This tool will help you become more aware of how your thoughts stress you out and get you into the habit of choosing a new perspective.
The more you retrain yourself to choose happiness over fear, the more blissful you will be.
V: Simple and grounding! I know you are a big proponent of holistic well-being and health. You've given us some great mental and spiritual tips to get started on our Fitness Journeys. How else do you like to move your body to stay fit? What are some of your favorite healthy foods?
G: My favorite healthy foods are dark leafy green vegetables, quinoa, and water. I think water is the key to health!!! For my daily workout I typically do pilates or I jump on the mini trampoline. I workout at home mostly. Though I do love group exercises. I also have a regular practice of Kundalini yoga and meditation.
V: You encourage making positive change a daily practice, carving out a little time each day to release your stress and boost your mood. People are busy. What's your favorite fast, go-to technique?
G: Kundalini meditations shift your mood, change your energy and reduce stress. In my book, I include meditations that are easy for newcomers as I expect many of my readers may be new to meditation. This is a great one for beginners:
PEACE IS IN YOUR PULSE.
Everyday life brings challenges and discomfort, which can knock us out of a peaceful place. Throughout this book, one key principle for releasing stress and achieving peace I’ll recommend again and again is meditation.
Many people want to meditate but don’t know where to begin. They are aware of the benefits and possibly have enjoyed some mindful moments, but have had trouble making meditation a daily practice. One obstacle can be the fact that many folks find meditation intimidating. They think they have to be masters right away to reap the rewards—but in truth, it’s called a “practice” for a reason. Would you expect to play tennis like Serena Williams the first time you pick up a racquet? Of course not! But that doesn’t mean you can’t hit the court with focus and enthusiasm, get a great workout, and improve your skills. The same is true of meditation—even rookies can revel in the results immediately!
An easy way to begin meditation and access peace is through your pulse. Just by meditating on your own pulse, you can calm your mind, balance your brain hemispheres, and recalibrate your nervous system. This Kundalini meditation is called Learning to Meditate—clearly, it’s the perfect place to start. If you’re a newbie meditator, follow this practice and you’ll be Zenned out in no time.
Through this simple meditation you can develop your ability to concentrate. It will also help you control your reactions in all situations and bring calm to even the most scattered mind.
Learning to Meditate
- Sit in Easy Pose (comfortably cross-legged on the floor) with a slight neck lock, which means your chin is slightly down and your neck is straight.
- Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).
- The mantra is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).
- The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip. On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.
- This meditation is suggested for 11 minutes, but you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice this meditation daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.
V: Thanks for chatting with us today and congrats on the new book!
Gabrielle is the New York Times best-selling author of May Cause Miracles. She appears regularly as an expert on NBC’s Today Show, has been featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday as a next-generation thought leader, and was named “a new role model” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the books Add More ~ing to Your Life, Spirit Junkie and her newest book Miracles Now. Gabrielle is the founder HerFuture.com, a social networking site for women to inspire, empower and connect.