Yesterday, I was sitting at the coffee shop listening to Ingrid Michaelson, writing my little heart away and catching up on some work. I was feeling good…I was in a happy place.
However, I’m the first to admit that things aren’t always happy, sparkling and wonderful. While I like to think of myself as a very positive person (in fact my friend Meg referred to me as Her Sunshine) I too go through struggles, or “rough patches” I like to call them. In fact, I’ve been going through one of those rough patches for the past couple weeks and most of that comes from doubt.
I don’t like the Rachel I am when I’m negative and doubtful, but I’m also beginning to recognize that it’s OK to have bad days and not be sun-shiny, happy ALL. THE. TIME.
That’s why when the beautiful Heather* over at For the Love of Kale recommended the book May Cause Miracles: A Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness by spiritual guru Gabrielle Bernstein, I jumped right on board. (*Note: Heather is also hosting a book club over on her blog if you’d like to jump in too!) I knew it was just the read I needed to clear my mind of all that negative self-doubt crap to move forward with the wonderful me that I am.
After I purchased the book, I was immediately sent a special Early Bird package from Gabby herself, including inspirational recorded live lectures, interviews, and guided meditations. You bet I’ve been sitting at my laptop all morning soaking everything in!
One thing that Gabby said that really stood out to me is: Our capacity to create is who we are. When good (or bad) things start happening to us, our energy has a part in that. She gave a great example of those who make vision boards (um, I’m totally one of them!) and think it was the vision board that fixed everything and started making your life better, when really it’s something deeper. According to Gabby, we have the power to create the life we want right now; it’s just stuck behind negative energy blockers and needs to be unleashed.
In her lecture, Gabby said to dig deep and realize what it is you really want, and then instead of doubting or coming up with an excuse really believe in it. Believe that you already are everything you need to be. She gave an example of a woman who really wanted her book to get published, so every day she’d meditate on her book and say “I’m published. I’m published. I’m published.” She then got a call from a publisher saying “I don’t know why I’m calling you right now, but there was just something about your book. It was just screaming “Publish me.”
Powerful stuff, huh?
So today, I am vowing to let go of any doubt and focus on what it is that I intend to be, what it is that I already have the capacity to be. Here goes…
I am calm.
I am de-cluttered.
I am financially free.
I am in control of my life.
I am helping 20-something women feel confident & pretty in their own bodies.
I am ever-so-creative.
I am a (published) wellness writer.
I am changing the lives of others.
I am worthy.
I am deserving of success.
I am at peace with myself and others.
I am me.
I urge all of you to do the same exercise. What is it you want to be, or more importantly what is it that you already are, but may be having trouble getting past the blockages holding you back? Finish the sentence. I am…
Note: If you are intrigued, you can purchase May Cause Miracles on Amazon today for only $13.