Last week, I let you all into my Lenten project – working through Gabrielle Bernstein’s book May Cause Miracles.
I’m now 1 week into the project, and if any of you are doing it with me or interested in more information about Gabrielle’s book, I’m giving you my take-aways from the first week.
- Fear vs. love. I’ve heard the notion before, and I’m sure many of you have as well. There are only two real emotions in life – love and fear. Everything else in between is just our minds and emotions becoming closer to love or closer to fear. This first week is all about being able to identify your fears, live in them, and understand them.
- Stand across the street. Recently, the incredible Rebecca Niziol told you about her tactics for stopping anxiety in its tracks using a movie theater visualization. Gabrielle gives a similar practice in recognizing and getting out of your fears. She recommends being able to “stand on the other side of the street” and observe yourself being afraid. What can you learn from that experience? A lot! When I doubted myself this week, was scared my schedule was too full, etc. I was able to look at myself and my fears objectively.
- Set reminders. Gabrielle implores us all to get out our phones and set some reminders. What can you remind yourself of, even hourly, that will make you more centered and able to concentrate on what you want?
I’ll admit, I’m a bad meditator. So when I’m doing the morning or evening practices she recommends, I’m mostly reading through them and closing the book rather than taking the time to meditate on the concepts as she suggests. My goal in Week 2 is to take more time with each exercise, write things out, and spend time reflecting on each day’s practice.
If you’re doing this with me, add your comments below!