Miracles Now 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose – Book Review

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Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose
Author: Gabrielle Bernstein
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
277 pages
Kindle, Hardcover, Audio
Self-Help

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Description from Amazon.com

     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

My Thoughts

This is an essential book for those who want to experience a better life. Miracles Now is divided into 108 timely manageable messages. These sections are based on Gabrielle’s insights from Kundalini yoga and A Course of Miracles. While it depends alot on eastern beliefs, Bernstein also shows how it’s related to Christian principles involving God and the Holy Spirit. She has a teacher’s heart.

I like this thought she has on prayer: “Pray whenever you’re indecisive, overly obsessing, or caught in a fear spiral. Try not to pray for a specific outcome-instead, pray for peace. Accessing a peaceful state of mind is all we really need.”

Some of my other favorite messages include:
-Worry is a prayer for Chaos
-Be more childlike
-Meditate to heal addiction
-You don’t need to find your purpose, Your purpose will find you
-Breathe like a dog and boost you immune system.

This book is a life guide for a lifetime. It also includes photographs and links to online meditation videos.

It is full of energy and I highly recommend it. I learned so much from it.
I have been given a copy of this book from Hay House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books by Gabrielle Bernstein
May Cause Miracles: a 40 Day Guidebook to Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited       Happiness
Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles
Add More Ing to Your Life: A Hip Guide to Happiness

The Wellness Toolbox

Wellness ToolboxIt’s been a particularly depressing morning.  Mornings seem to be the most difficult time of day for me. Yesterday I had group therapy, dealt with a poor sick Shih Tzu who got into the raspberry pie and helped a relative dealing with her own depression. I don’t know what triggered my depression this morning, maybe it’s a carry over from the events of yesterday. Anyway, I think it’s time to get out my wellness toolbox. A wellness toolbox is a plan of action designed by the creator of the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) program, Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD. It is made up on things you can use to help you get over your symptoms; things that you love and make you feel better. They can include things that give you a lift like chatting with a friend or listening to some good music.  Here’s some things I have in my toolbox:

  • reading a good book
  • I keep a list of friends I can call
  • journaling
  • listening to favorite music
  • I have a bottle of bubbles to blow
  • a favorite crossword puzzle book
  • mindful meditation
  • grooming my Shih Tzu
  • go for a walk
  • color (it’s not just for kids)
  • exercise to some fun music
  • make lists
  • I invested in a Nintendo DS and play games
  • I also invested in the Sims3 games
  • watch a funny movie
  • cook a new recipe
  • make Iced Peach tea, here’s my recipe:

2 black tea bags
2 peach tea bags
1/4 c. lemon juice
3 Tbsp peach syrup
3/4 c. stevia sweetener
2 qts. water

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Do you have a mental health toolbox? What are some of the things you have in it?

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