Why I care about resilience & you should too (and how to grow it)

Ever go through one of those stretches of time when life seems to be giving you about as much as you can possibly handle, if not more?

 

Yeah, me too.

 

This has been a roller coaster of a year for me, and I’ve been hearing from some of you that your lives have felt out-of-control or more than you can handle.

 

Often it feels like it comes all at once.

 

Just to give you some details:

 

-       I got my next book deal from a major publisher (good)

-       My mom got diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer (bad)

-       My partner published his own book (good)

-       My son was diagnosed with extreme dyslexia (bad)

-       My mom died (horrible)

-       My dear friend and mentor got diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer (WTF? Horrible)

-       My son learned to swim and ride a bike (amazing)

-       My friend died from cancer, and two more friends were diagnosed (tears & breakdown)

 

So, yes. Life is a roller coaster, and the ups and downs, “awful” and “awesome” are unknowable and unpredictable.

 

The truth is, we can’t control a lot of what happens in life, yet we do have the power to react to it in ways that move us forward, strengthen us, and bring us closer to those we love.

 

I know that resilience, the ability to bend without breaking, to stay strong and make it through the storm even though the winds toss your hair and make you feel scared, is a skill you can learn, a strength you can practice.

 

To grow and protect your well-being, you need the ability to bounce back.

To get through trauma and drama without breaking, you need to practice.

To live through major challenges and thrive, not just survive, requires health, support, community, and hope.

 

And it isn’t just something you need for major tests in life, we need resilience to get through every day.

 

If you’re in stress mode all day long, it depletes your willpower, hope, and  patience. Multi-tasking, social media addiction, sugar binges, and a lack of relaxing, pleasurable movement keep us far from resilient.

 

And when we don’t feed our bodies and support our health with the foods we need, our capacity for resilience is diminished.

 

That’s why I teach my clients about skilled resilience:

 

The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties (toughness), while performing well with training, experience and knowledge.

 

Skilled resilience means eating the right foods (most of the time), moving my body so she stays strong and flexible, finding pleasure and joy every day, staying connected with the friends and family who support me, staying open to the wonders in life that keep me hopeful and excited to be alive.

 

I couldn’t have weathered this storm of grief in the last year without the skilled resilience I’ve learned and honed over the past decade.

 

And my clients tell me that the training they learn through my cleanse programs gives them the experience and knowledge to give their bodies exactly what they need to maintain their center, their balance, their truth.

 

My client Sandi experienced a rough patch and needed support to get back to feeling good in her body:

 

-       her dad died

-       her boyfriend left

-       her job got super stressful

-       her commute got longer

-       she wanted sugar, fat and salt all day long and was feeling exhausted and impatient

 

When I started working with Sandi, we started with the most important guiding question I can ask anyone:

 

How do you want to feel?

 

Once we defined that Sandi wanted to feel calm, free, and strong, we were able to look at her food choices in a new way. It wasn’t about “eat this – it has fewer calories” – she could look at a menu and choose a food because it would help her feel calm, free and strong. Once she understood her cravings type, she could make the perfect food choices based on how she was feeling and how she wanted to feel later.

 

This was a totally new way of choosing food, and it began her on her journey to a body she loves, with energy to spare.

 

Learning to tune into her body’s needs, her soul-filled desires for calm and strength, allowed Sandi to listen to her body in a new way.

 

This is one of the most powerful aspects of skilled resilience.

 

It’s a practice of awareness, a daily inquiry into what will help you feel the way you want to feel, while honoring what’s true without judging what you see.

 

It may seem simple, but it isn’t always easy.

 

In the coming weeks I’ll be talking more about cravings, what they can teach you, and how to develop your own resiliency with grace and strength.

 

I’ll also be announcing my next group program soon (It’s called the Cravings Cleanse) – and it will draw together all of my best lessons, experiments, tools, resources, and community to help you act and move towards building your own resiliency with grace and strength.

 

I want to hear from you: In the comments below, tell me what skills you know you already have that help you stay resilient. You may not have thought you had the tools, but I’ll bet if you really look, you could tell a tale of how you’ve weathered storms and come out stronger in the end.

You could also share what ONE thing you know you could be doing differently to help grow your resilience:

 

 

Your cravings MATTER

Your body is talking to you…you1
Are you listening?

It’s telling you your truth.
Do you hear it?

Maybe, but you may not understand the message at first.
You think you’re addicted to sugar.
Or coffee.
Or fat, or salt or any of the other foods you think you can’t stop eating.
You think you’re weak and lack the willpower to ignore the cravings.

I’m telling you to listen to them.
Have you ever just sat down, and felt into those cravings?

Try it.
I promise you’ll be ok.
Feeling a craving, feeling a hurt, or feeling any emotion won’t really hurt you.

Let the uncomfortable feelings and emotions well up in you.
When you just sit with them and watch, feel and listen to those cravings,
without judging them as bad, you will start to dissolve them.

Sit with it.
Maybe you’re at your desk or on the couch late at night.
Feel them.
Your body – is it really asking for the food, the sugar, the whatever?

What is your body really asking for?
What is the true message beneath the craving?

Because there is a bigger, deeper, golden message there.
Your body is your GPS.
It has always been telling you what you need.
Messages telling you to love someone.
Hints that you should do move now.
Pains that tell you you’re doing things to yourself that you just know aren’t serving you anymore.

Those pains and hints are like a blueprint from your body, your real self.

Your body doesn’t lie.
It’s always telling you the truth.

Can you listen?
Or are you afraid of what you may hear?
Worried that the truth is so big, so profound, will require you to make such great changes in your life that everything you thought you knew about what you wanted is wrong?

I’m here to tell you it’s ok.
It’s safe to hear the messages.
It’s safe to listen to your body, no matter what she (or he) may be telling you.

Not only is it safe, because you will always be ok, as long as you really listen to her,
you’ll actually gain clarity and insights about your life that you had only dreamed of.

I believe your cravings are your most profound guide in life.
But they’re scary because we’ve either:

a. never been taught to tune into the messages, feelings or frequencies that our physical self is speaking, or
b.you have been told, from an early age, that your body is WRONG, not good enough, wants the wrong things, should be ignored, is too something or not enough.

I call bullshit.
Your body is magical.
It is a miracle.
Your body is YOU and your are GOOD.

And until you start listening into the cravings for the bigger, grander, message you won’t have the life and body you really want.
The life and body you deserve.

A life of healthy movement and easy freedom.
A happy body filled with energy.
A body that looks and feels good, every day, because you love it, listen to it and treat it so well, that you just can’t NOT take care of her.

Because she is YOU.

So I offer you this:
permission.
An agreement between us do do something. Just to listen.

(I know I sometimes need permission from someone who cares to do what I need to do)

I’m here offering you permission to listen to your gut, listen to your body, and head the call.

What do you hear?
What is your body sharing with you?
What does she say?
Can you just hear it, feel it, see it?

Just listen.
You don’t need to do anything.
Just hear it.

What do you hear?
Whatever you hear, whatever truth your body reveals, just listen.
Write it down, share it, keep it safe in your heart, declare it or write it in the sand.
It doesn’t matter.
Just hear it.

This is your first step.

What do you hear?

Join Me For The Summer Lightness Cleanse Retreat in NY


Hi Everyone! I want you to spend five days not doing a single dish, not cooking a single meal, not even making the bed.

 I’m SO excited to announce my retreat in upstate New York – And you’re invited!

Join me June 30th for the SUMMER LIGHTNESS CLEANSE RETREAT: Discover Your Ability to Rejuvenate & Shine!

Where: Omega Retreat Center, Rhinebeck, NY

When: June 30-July 4th (departure after breakfast)

Click here to find out more & register now.

Join me and a group of fun, wholehearted, like-minded people who want to feel great and start summer with a clean slate.

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Here’s what we’ll create:

1)    A lasting sense of ease and joy of being in your body.

2)    A deliciously easy detox experience that moves you towards your health goals.

3)    Space, support, and uninterrupted time to exist in a way that is true to who YOU are.

 

I want you to pause on a thought for a minute. Really close your eyes and see if you can feel it.

Step into lightness.

Feels good, yes?

Are you even smiling a little?

What will happen when you step out of your routine and leave all the little loose ends of your usual day-to-day?

Lots can happen. Big shifts. . . Having actual movement through a block you’ve had for quite some time. Et Voila: The result? Lightness.

But it takes determination to get to that lightness.

And support.

It’s likely not that hard to do—probably even takes less time than you think.

Maybe it’s even a lot easier than you imagined in those cranky moments when you’re sleep deprived, your computer’s hard drive failed, or suddenly need to find a whole new wardrobe for your kiddo because he had to go and have a growth spurt…

Then there’s dishes and laundry and cooking, oh my!

There are a lot of ~distractions~ that can keep you from connecting to that lightness. And when you’re not feeling the kind of lightness that brings gorgeous a-ha moments, shatters emotional or mental blocks, or gives you refreshing clarity. . . you’re less likely to stop and figure out what you need to do to figure it out.

You can likely move through whatever you want to move through eventually, but it’s so DAMN inspiring to make it happen, because that, folks, is empowerment.

You get to step back and say, “Holy smokes, I just did that!”

But a lot depends on whether you want to wait for it to randomly occur, or go out and MAKE it happen.

Here’s what I believe in my bones: We don’t have time to wait for the life we want to come to us.

These things don’t just magically occur.

But the real magic is that we can easily create them.

Maybe you’ve been stuck for a while with something about your health that just doesn’t work.

And you realize that you want to do something that will actually give you that clarity, lightness, and practical help to make a change. I want to tell you a personal story.

You know you might be able figure it out on your own if you worked really hard, but that sounds like a totally fun party—not!

Fifteen years ago when I was working a job that didn’t fit me, I realized that I had waltzed into a life that not only didn’t inspire me, but that made me physically ill.

(Hello—break room sugar/caffeine central…my best “frienemy”!)

I was too distracted, exhausted, and downtrodden to see clearly enough to get myself out of that situation because I felt so bad ALL the time. I didn’t get to that state of ill health overnight, but I knew that I had to get out of there right quick because my life literally depended on it.

(Spoiler Alert…yup, my life got WAY better once I stepped outside the whirring chatter of the day and competing calls for my attention.)

Back in the day, the things that didn’t work in my life were hazy, but I saw them. I had a sense that they weren’t in alignment with who I was and who I wanted to become. But I didn’t act until it was a five-alarm fire (this is too late).

When I think about it, it was rather cruel of me to do that to myself.

So how do we do build up the momentum to invite these positive changes in a more kinder, gentler way?

Here’s what I do: (snd you can bet, I will do this for the rest of my life!)

I step outside.

One of my non-negotiables is to get away every few months—to conferences, retreats, workshops—events that fuel me and bring me closer to who I am.

When we experience a different way of being, we can’t go back to our lives and act the same old way. We’re changed people.

Taking time out, away from my family and my business to be at retreats is the best way to ensure that I’m staying on track with who I am. Being the best person, woman, mom, friend, and entrepreneur is a tall order, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In these inspiring moments I’ve gotten more clarity about my mission and started really rockin’ it.

Join me for the SUMMER LIGHTNESS CLEANSE RETREAT: Discover Your Ability to Rejuvenate & Shine.

We’ll get you all fresh and sparkly at laser speed.

We’ll have cooking demonstrations, easy and enlivening movement sessions, writing exercises, small-group discussions, guided meditations, and presentations from some of the best teachers I know.

We’ll talk about the “Toxic 6″ foods and avoid them all week in order to help our bodies remove the “static” that keeps us feeling anxious, tired, foggy-headed and stressed-out.

We’ll discover new ways to totally love delicious, healthy foods that boost our energy, mood and outlook on life.

You’ll get clarity on exactly what you need to feel better.

The best of all? You’ll get to take that lightness back home with you when you leave.

If you’re thinking that this might be your idea of a hootin’ and hollering good time, check out the link.

Oh yeah, and I’m super excited to say that I have something else to tell you:

When you sign up for the Summer Lightness Cleanse Retreat you are automatically enrolled in my 8 week e-course  that starts July 21st. More details to come, but for now just know that it’s a $350 program that you’ll get for free!

 

I hope I’ll get to see you there!

XO,

Alex

 

P.S. Imagine what you could achieve by getting fully recharged. More productive? More present for your work or family? More fun? Let’s find out :) Register here.

Super Size Me didn't focus on the health of the workers

McDonald’s Workers Protesting in NYC: #Fastfoodglobal

When Morgan and I made Super Size Me, we focused on the health effects of the food on the consumer.

One major area we didn’t focus on was the health of the workers.

Today in my adopted home town of New York City, and around the world, McDonald’s and other fast food workers are out in the streets protesting for higher wages.

Super Size Me didn't focus on the health of the workers

Super Size Me didn’t focus on the health of the workers

On January 1st, 2014, the minimum wage in NYC rose $0.75 from $7.25 per hour to $8.00 per hour. In 2015, the minimum wage will raise another $0.75 to $8.75 per hour. Finally, in 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $9.00 per hour.

Many workers hold down two jobs, working well-over full time, in order to get close to the poverty line of $23,850 for a family of 4.

How are workers supposed to take care of their families on this much money, especially in one of the most expensive cities on earth? How are they to afford healthy food for their kids?

In Boston, one McDonald’s has locked its doors and closed down due to the numbers of people protesting outside. Thousands have walked off the job in Manhattan alone.

If you’re out there and pass by a group of picketing fast food workers today, give them a cheer or honk of support! Everyone deserves a living wage, especially here in the United States.

And skip the drive-thru. Eat some apple slices and peanut butter.

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Crave-worthy Detox Smoothie!

Green Pineapple Dream |  yield: 2 servings


Green smoothieGreen smoothies are my favorite go-to healthy breakfast. Tasty and filled with energy-boosting nutrients, you won’t deplete your willpower whipping up one of these beauties!

Green cilantro is anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering, and binds with toxins so your body can release them. (if you’re not a fan of cilantro, swap it for basil or parsley, which are also fabulous!) 

Tropical pineapple is also anti-inflammatory, a good source of Vitamin D, and contains Manganese and  Bromelain, a wonderful digestion-boosting enzyme. 
What to put in your blender: 
 

What to do (AKA directions):

  1. Combine the greens, cilantro and water together and blend until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth! Pour, sip and ahhhh! 

Did you love this smoothie?

Leave a comment or please share with friends using the links above!

xo,

Alex

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Hot Mama: Mothering myself to be a better mom (Mama Love Self-Care Menu!)

I got into trouble for saying this on the radio:

My self-care and health are the most important things to me. My son is #2.

People online called me selfish, and a bad role model, but I’ll tell you what:

My kid is happier and better cared for when my health is the top priority.

It’s a paradox: selfish self-care for the health of the family.

When our families and friends (and clients) see us taking exquisite care of ourselves, they begin to see the possibilities for greater ease, freedom, and health in their own lives.

AKA: be the change, be the living example.
I tried doing it the other way — heck, I’m naturally Type-A and excelled at the other way.

I was trying to DO more to feel better, but that just left me feeling more depleted and frantic. The more I DID, the stronger my cravings for sugar and caffeine felt.

Now this may not be true for all of you, as I have some overseas folks here, but my American work ethic has something to do with this:

I was raised in a culture where you DO SOMETHING to fix something:

  1. Chunk down the problems
  2. Look for the weak link
  3. Study the systems
  4. Integrate a step-by-step plan you can work through
  5. Learn a new skill that helps you fix the “bad” way you were before…

It works for a lot of things in life, but not ease.

Not real nourishing health. 

Here’s the catch: vitality is inefficient.

It loves to drink up time and resources. It flourishes in flow.

In other words – working on it doesn’t work. 

 

It’s another paradox: working less to feel better.

Relax more to feel more alive.

Freedom and commitment to a health plan.

 

The old way of “powering through” to heal your body and life ends up dissecting the body and symptoms into parts instead of being seen as a beautiful whole:

 

  • Headaches at work are handled with Advil instead of looking at stress and diet.
  • Loss of juicy libido is blamed on age rather than looking at relationship and hormones
  • Sleep troubles are handled with Ambien instead of looking at work-life balance
  • Weight loss is fought with reduced calories and more exercise instead of looking at food intolerance and stress

 

We try to DO more instead of relax into awareness and ease.

In my early years as a mama, as I was going through my separation and divorce, I tried to do more to feel better:

 

  • Working late and rising early to get more work done
  • Reintroducing caffeine to my life to stay focused
  • Relying more on networking functions as my social life than connecting with old friends

 

And my body finally got through to me and told me that I was over-doing and over stressed. It got to the point where I saw my friends a few times a month and was working from 5:30am to 9:30pm every night.

 

I’ve learned that habits the nourish my life and energy keep me in the shape I desire to be in. Dieting never gave me the results I was looking for, but making daily, conscious efforts to feel well DID. 

I’m clear: to be a good mom, you have to mother yourself first.  Joy and vitality are immeasurable qualities of aliveness.

 

And to master your cravings, you need to fill your energy and nourishment tank with a lot of fuel. Otherwise your body will cry out for the comfort foods that answer the pain in the moment, but lead to a life long battle with weight and exhaustion.

 

With a little help from my partner who is a bit older and wiser in the area of ease, as well as my own coaches and friends, I’ve instituted a radical schedule of self-care in order to be the mom, woman, and health coach I want to be:

 

  • I run my own business, so I have to set my own hours: my work hour boundaries are now set in stone.
  • Getting less than 7 hours of sleep is not allowed, honey. 8+ please.
  • My juices really get going when I have creative down time with books, pens, and being in nature: this is now scheduled
  • No cell phones allowed into the bedroom, nor at meal times.
  • Fun in the sun (or rain) is mandatory: walks and bike rides at least 3 times a week 
  • Connecting with friends and my partner is not throw away time – it is a vitally important ingredient in self-care and in building my business
  • Eating simple, healthy food is non-negotiable.

 

Here’s your home-play assignment, should you choose to accept:

(Home-play sounds more fun than homework, right?)

Take a day off.

Really.

An entire day for you.

No schedule, no plans, NO INTERNET.

Take your kid to camp or a friend’s house, say goodbye at the door to your partner, or just turn the ringer off your phone.

Use as sick day as a well-day. 

Then do whatever you need to feel well, replenish your body-mind, and get into ease:

 

  • Hop back into bed for another hour or two of sleep
  • Read a saucy tale in your skivvies
  • Lounge in the park listening to music or your favorite podcast (I’m in love with Being Here with Ariel & Shya Kane, Marc Maron’s WTF and Dan Savage)
  • Put on your favorite sun dress or shorts and go for a bike ride to your favorite cafe: read a magazine
  • Cook a new recipe — or just eat easy salads all day — or have a piece of amazing chocolate by the river
  • Feel no guilt, know that your health and well-being depend on giving yourself what you truly desire: ease & play

Self-care means you’re caring for yourself and your needs as you would a trusted, loved friend or pet. Would you deny your friend a shoulder to cry on, or your pet the food and rest it needs to feel well? How can you give yourself the energy, love and spirit-filling nourishment you need to build a base of real health? 

 

Self care isn’t selfish, it’s nourishment and deserved. 

 

To help you take loving self-care action, and make it a truly transformative habit, I’ve created a Mama Love Self-Care Menu with a healthy list of fun options to help you schedule in your deeply juicy “down time.”
 
Click To Download: 

I hope you love the menu! And I hope you have a beautiful, relaxing Mother’s Day.

Take Action: I want to hear your thoughts below –

What one thing will you do TODAY for YOU?

balance your hormones in 3 easy steps

3 Ways We’re Hurting Our Hormones + How To Fix It

Balance. If you’re like me, you strive for it daily.
balance your hormones in 3 easy steps
If you were one of those carpenter levels, with the yellow liquid and floating bubble dancing between two lines, would you be straight and balanced or off-kilter and unsteady?

What I mean is, how are your hormones doing lately? 

I get questions about hormone health all the time, so I wanted to put together a quick resource to help you at home right away.
Made by our bodies and used in the right amounts, natural hormones tell our cells and tissues to act in specific ways, and guide our moods and behaviors.

 

In the right way, our hormones turn us on, keep the metabolic fires burning, and keep us in good humor.

 

In the wrong amounts, either produced naturally in uneven flashes by our glands, consumed in foods or through toxic exposure, disregulated hormones lead to fits of depression, bursts of anger and impatience, exhaustion, impaired sleep, weight irregularities, faulty menstrual cycles, and gut dis-eases.

 

Steady your hormones, fix your health, love your life.

It’s often as simple as that.

 

Yet today we are swimming in a soup of synthetic hormones that come into our bodies from air, land, sea, and late, setting our bodies and brains off balance.

 

In order to help you fix those powerful chemical messengers to begin feeling lighter, happier, better, I’ve put together a quick list of 3 simple ways you can take control of your hormonal fate:

 

1. Can do? Can DON’T! Avoid BPA-lined cans

 

Balance your hormones naturally: buy only BPA free cans!

I love timesaving tips as much as any home chef, but canned foods are hiding a dirty time-release bomb, BPA.

Foods in BPA lined cans absorb the chemical into beans, fruits and vegetables. BPA is a chemical used in plastics that mimics estrogen, and has been lined to breast and other cancers, reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease.

 

Hormone Fixes: Avoid BPA by buying frozen veggies and fruits instead of canned. Some companies, like Eden Organics,  offer BPA-free cans that are safe to purchase, and put it on the label. Buy tomatoes and tomato sauces in glass jars instead of cans.  Avoid foods that come in plastic containers with #7 recycling label, and avoid handling grocery receipts with bare hands, as thermal paper is often coated with BPA.

 

2. Dental Damn – Danger On Your Toothbrush

 

We’ve been told to brush and floss 2-3 times a day, but no one said anything about the dangers of chronic exposure to the fluoride that’s supposed to keep our pearlies white.

According to a 2006 report by the National Research Council of the National Academies, fluoride is an endocrine disruptor, meaning that it upsets the glands that secrete hormones.

Even tiny amounts of fluoride can upset can affect your thyroid, parathyroid, adrenals, pancreas and pituitary glands. Toothpaste and fluoridated water are the two most common sources, but since fluoride stays in the water cycle, crops absorb it through watering.

The average American adults consumes 3-6mg of fluoride a day, which can be twice the amount that can cause thyroid disfunction. The average American child consumes 1.5 mg, which is nearly twice the amount that can cause thyroid problems.

 

Hormonal Fixes:

Since chronic exposure can have big, long-term effects on the intellectual, social, sexual and physical development of both adults and children, it’s a good time to switch to non-fluoride toothpaste! Brands like Tom’s of Maine offer fluoride-free versions. If you live in a county, city or town that fluoridates your water, you may want to invest in a fluoride filter for your drinking water.

 

3. Every Thyroid Out Of The Pool! Chlorine & Thyroid 

 

Since fluoride and chlorine are both chemically related to iodine and compete with how the body absorbs it, ingesting either can block iodine receptors in the thyroid gland.

We drink or shower in chlorinated water almost every day. Those small exposures can lead to big hormone problems over time.

 

Protect your thyroid with a good fluoride filter - I use this one!

Protect your thyroid with a good fluoride filter – I use this one!

 

Hormonal Fix: Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools, especially enclosed and indoors, as the chlorine vapors will be inhaled into your lungs as well. Get a chlorine filter for both your shower and your water faucets to avoid both physical contact and consuming the chemical.

 

 

These simple fixes will help your body balance your hormones effortlessly, and get you the happy mood, easy weight loss and long-term health you crave.

I want to hear from you!

How are your hormones now, and what are you inspired to do to feel better?

Leave a comment below about changes you plan on making, and any success story you can share about healing your hormones!

How To End Stomach Bloat For Good

Tired of the gurgle and bloat?
The constipation followed by diarrhea?
The muffin top?

Join the club! Tummy troubles are at the top of my list, too – at least they were until I got a handle on
healing my gut and understanding which foods helped me feel good…

and which ones made me dig out the stretchy yoga pants.

Watch my video below to learn my top tips on ending stomach bloat —

and let me know in the comments if you discovered a new trick to try,

or share it with a friend who needs some support for their gut!

xo,
Alex

Miracles making eating easier now: My interview with Gabrielle Bernstein

I often get asked questions about staying in the moment, and how to shift old habits of thought, especially when it comes to food.

It’s such a pleasure to share with you a new book that has really inspired me.

Below is my interview with my friend and New York Times Best Seller, Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Miracles Now:

Gabby, tell us about your new book, Miracles Now.

 

I love this book and I’m so psyched to share it with you. Miracles Now helps readers lessen stress and find peace—FAST! 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. I break down each technique Spirit Junkie style—with meditations, assessment questions and step-by-step guidance—while incorporating lessons from the metaphysical text A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga. This book is meant for the busy, stressed person who simply wants to feel better fast.

 

How can meditation help with food cravings and obsessive compulsive eating habits?

 

To quote my doctor and friend, Dr. Frank Lipman, “Sugar is like crack.” I couldn’t agree more. Sugar is a drug that keeps us wanting more to the point of addiction. When we’re addicted there is an imbalance in the pineal gland (also called the the third eye). The pineal gland is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. When the pineal gland is imbalanced, bad habits turn into addictions. The imbalance in the pineal gland affects the pituitary gland, which regulates the rest of the glandular system. When the pituitary gland is affected the entire body and mind go out of balance.

 

A major tool in my process of healing my addiction to sugar has been the Kundalini meditation for healing addiction. Follow this video for guidance:

 

 

Lesson 39 is called “Just show up” – how does that work for someone who is trying to stick with an eating plan?
I think it’s important to keep it in the day. Each day make the decision to just show up and stay on path with your plan. One day at a time you will create new patterns and move into a new way of being. Showing up is 90% of the work.

 

How is Miracles Now different from all of your other books?

 

Each of my books has a unique format but a shared intention, which is to offer readers tools for releasing all the blocks to their true happiness and peace. Miracles Now shares that core intention through 108 short exercises that can be done anywhere, any time. This book is less self-reflective and more action oriented. I want it to put people into practice immediately so they can experience Miracles Now!

 

What made you write this book.

 

I write my books based on what I feel my readers need. I realized that so many people have packed schedules and lots to do, but they want to carve out a little time each day to create positive change and find peace in ways that are easy to follow and put into practice. In addition, I continuously witnessed my audience members and social media followers ask me for more practical tools to release their stress and boost their moods. People want to get to work and they want to feel better fast. This book is my response to that call.

 

The higher purpose of this book is to contribute to a greater global change. I believe that when more and more people begin to feel better, the positive collective energy supports the energy of the world. I believe that it is our collective energy that can save the world. This is the higher purpose for Miracles Now. I reinforce the book’s mission in its introduction, excerpted below:

 

{Excerpt from the introduction}

 

Right now we’re in a special and powerful position, because the world is having a spiritual awakening. When energy speeds up there is no space for playing small, and nothing can remain hidden. At some point all lies are brought to the surface and truth comes forth no matter how hard we try to hide it. Cynics are filling the yoga studios and the spiritual choir is growing larger. There is a massive call for more lightworkers, and now is our time to rise up and bring more positivity to the world. When the masses begin to vibrate with an energy of love, the world will no longer be a container for war, violence and lies.

 

 

There are great Kundalini meditations throughout the book. Can you tell us more about them?

 

For this book I chose twelve of the most powerful Kundalini meditations for shifting your mood, changing your energy and reducing stress. I was mindful to include meditations that are easy for newcomers as I expect many of my readers may be new to meditation. A great meditation for beginners is what I’ve nicknamed Peace Is in Your Pulse. It improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.

 

Sit in Easy Pose (comfortably cross-legged on the floor) with a slight neck lock, which means your chin 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 it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.

 

 

Who is this book for?

 

This book is for anyone who wants to create positive change in their life. If you’re stressed out, anxious, fearful, stuck or simply ready to play bigger in your life, this book is for you.

 

If you have the slightest willingness to feel better, this book is for you.

 

It doesn’t matter where you are on your spiritual path. You can be a dedicated yogi with a 20-year practice, a hardcore cynic who thinks this stuff is woo-woo, or anywhere in between: No matter what, you’ll benefit a lot from these teachings. What’s most exciting about the book is that you can simply use one of the exercises on a daily basis and it WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I say that with conviction.

 

How can readers use the book?

 

This book is fun and interactive. You can read it from start to finish and soak up the concepts, but there are other ways to approach it. I feel that book can also act like a tarot deck. You can set an intention for yourself and then open the book to any page. Mark my words: You will ALWAYS get the guidance you need most in that moment.

 

I think the best way to use this book is to surrender to the exercises. Let your intuition guide you through each page. When you land on exercise that excites you, DO IT. Practice it for 40 days and master it. Then share it! These tools are meant to be shared. The last lesson in the book is that you are the guru. Miracles Now  empowers you with life-changing tools that you can share with the world. When these tools become yours, they are yours to share.

 

 

What are the spiritual teachings that influenced the lessons in the book?

 

As a student and teacher of  A Course in Miracles and Kundalini yoga and meditation, it has become my mission to translate these life-changing spiritual truths for all seekers. A Course in Miracles is a metaphysical self-taught curriculum based on the principle that when we choose love over fear we experience miraculous change. The Course emphasizes the practice of turning our fears over to the care of our inner guide and places strong emphasis on forgiveness. The Course teaches us that through the experience of forgiveness we will know true peace.

 

Kundalini is the yoga of awareness, which focuses on enhancing one’s intuition and strengthening the energy field. Kundalini aims to draw forth the creative potential of an individual to have strong values, be truthful and focus on compassion and consciousness.

 

It is a great honor to share the principles of both A Course in Miracles and Kundalini throughout this book. These tools helps the reader release everything that blocks their connection to their inner power. When you practice these techniques, fear melts away, inspiration springs up, and a sense of peace sets in. Most importantly, you build a relationship to the power within you — and this power connection is essential. The power I speak of is your connection to love. The more we tune into our own frequency of love, the more love will spread. When love is the trend there is no room for violence and war. Trust me when I say: Your practice is crucial in the awakening of the world. Each person’s energy matters.

 

 

In the book you use social media in a really cool way. Can you share about this?

 

I love this part! I boiled down each lesson into a 140-character description — or Miracle Message — which can be tweeted, pinned on Pinterest, posted on Facebook, or shared on Instagram. Each Miracle Message ends with the hashtag #MiraclesNow so readers can connect, share miracles and spread inspiration. And e-book readers can share right from their devices.

 

Share with us your journey and how it led to where you are now

 

In my early twenties I ran a nightlife PR firm in NYC. On the outside everything looked great, but on the inside I was a mess. I was seeking happiness, security and self-worth outside of myself. I regularly stayed up till 5 or 6 a.m. partying, and thanks to cocaine I weighed about 98 pounds. My friends had tried an intervention, but it didn’t work. Then, one night, I finally let it go. I wrote in my journal, “I need help. God, Universe, whoever is out there … I surrender.” The next morning, October 2, 2005, I woke up to a loud inner voice that said, “Get clean and you’ll have everything you want.” I knew I had no other choice than to listen.

 

I am happy it happened the way it did. I found God in my own way. I got clean. My conscious surrender was when I asked for help in my journal. I received an answer right away, and I have been sober since that day. I was desperately looking for happiness, and I was seeking everything good—peace and happiness—outside of myself.

 

For the past eight years I’ve been on a powerful journey inward, expanding my intuition and shifting my perceptions of the world. Through my own personal journey I have been guided to teach others to do the same.

 

 

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