"Spirit Junkie" and New York Times bestselling author Gabby Bernstein paid The Standard Miami Beach Spa a visit for a lecture and book signing of her third tome, May Cause Miracles. In typical Gabby fashion, droves of women and men flocked to the event which took place on the Yoga Deck but little did anyone anticipate an unusually blustery cold front swooping in. It was a windy affair to say the least but it made for a great story. "I'm a little chick! I may blow away!" Gabby joked as she spoke to the crowd on the last night of her U.S. book tour.
The gist of Gabby's personal appearance? "I want to help people ignite radical change in their own life to create greater change in the world," Gabby says. And by radical change, Gabby feels it takes subtle shifts to achieve this goal. Think of May Cause Miracles as a hip guide for releasing fear and allowing love to enter our lives -- in just 40 days!
Gabby also encouraged the crowd to get happy. Stat. How so? "Manifest positive intentions. Ask for more. Meditate. Tell yourself you deserve the best. Open yourself to change," she says.
Some more personal takeaways from Gabby's book?
Subtle changes in your life will, in effect, cause dramatic change. For example, I was freaking out on my kids regularly (Greeks tend to SCREAM even when we should be using our "indoor voices"). I had to be the change. Not them. Realizing this notion was huge. So before having a mommy meltdown, I now try to be mindful -- I take a deep, collective breath before going crazy on my kids. Said breath usually calms me down and better parenting skills follow. Ommmmm.
Follow your intuition (it's always right!) and surround yourself with positive people. Feeling that there are social vampires in my life is a tough pill for me to swallow. Cutting them out is even harder and a work in progress. Frenemies are like ticks, they cling on, suck the life out of you and won't let go! But the takeaway here is follow your gut. If someone in your life feels remotely shady, they most likely are. So listen to the little voices in your head. They are always right (damn them)! And frankly, bad juju is worst than having the flu. And it's highly contagious like the clap.
When it comes to your professional life, ask for more. Ask for that promotion. Ask for more money. Ask for additional work. Ask for that corner office with a view. Ask, ask, ask! Don't be scared. It takes gumption and chutzpah to succeed in the business world. I'm always shocked when I kindly question a pay raise and the client says YES. But if you never ask, you'll never get more. And I used to ask with my tail between my legs, but I now know my self worth and inquire with a profound sense of confidence.
The Law of Attraction works. Everyone always asks me, specifically, "Why are you always so happy?" And the answer is quite simple. I feel that I'm lucky. I manifest positive goals. I treat people with respect. I smile all the time. I try not to complain. I tell myself EVERY DAY that I deserve the best. What you put out is what you get. Plain and simple. That's powerful stuff!
I am flawed. No one is perfect. Duh! I used to suffer from crippling anxiety attacks. I hate large crowds. I can't stand judge-y people. I can't stomach friends on their phones during a meal. I despise my muffin top. There's always room for improvement. But being in tune with my imperfections is just as important as being in alignment with my strengths. I now avoid the very situations that cause me stress and unhappiness. Oftentimes, it takes knowing what you dislike to lead you on the path to happiness.
So inquiring minds want to know... What goal/goals are YOU manifesting for 2013?