Q & A with Gabrielle Bernstein: How You Can Add More "~ing" to Your Life
Recently featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as the next generation guru, motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation, Gabrielle just launched her first book Add More~ing to Your Life -- A Hip Guide to Happiness.
In 2007, she launched the brand Falling in Love with Your Future: A Young Woman’s Guide to Passion and Happiness, which takes the form of books, life coaching, lectures and more. An integral part of the program is the emphasis on guidance and mentors. Gabrielle recently launched her social networking site, HerFuture.com, for young women to find mentors.
Gabrielle has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times Sunday Styles, NBC, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal.
If you don't know Gabrielle yet, you will soon. The sky's the limit for this up-and-coming author, life coach, and motivational speaker. (In addition to all of the above, she's also a great conversationalist).
MindBodyGreen: For our readers not yet familiar with your book, how would you sum up "~ing" in one sentence?
Gabrielle Bernstein: "~ing" stands for inner guidance. The mission of Add More ~ing is to connect the reader to "ing" – their inner guide, through intuition, through our gut-instincts – and through activities.
MBG: What's one thing we can do to connect with our "~ing" every day?
GB: If I had to choose one thing, it's meditation. Beginning a meditation practice is by far the most significant and most important practice.
MBG: Once we’re ready to connect to our ~ing, what's next?
GB: The most important thing for us is to clear the blocks in the way of receiving our guidance. Our #1 Block is fear. Fear is result of negative thought patterns and what I try to do in my book is clear the fear by way of conditioning. We have to first reposition our thoughts before we can do anything. If you don't do this first then meditation isn’t going to get you where you need to be.
So once you’ve cleared that space and you’re ready to connect – you've got to really commit to change because it’s all about activating your ~ing on a daily basis. Making a lifestyle change requires a commitment. It’s not about making quick stops into a yoga class once a week – it’s about making a real commitment -- a commitment that requires making your daily connection a top priority.
MBG: Add More~ing was very personal – and you shared a lot of your past. Was writing this book cathartic?
GB: Yes, very. My work in general is my personal life’s mission. First and foremost about my reconditioning, my reprogramming, and my rebirth…..If had not experienced this myself, I couldn't testify to the activities in the book. My experience is the reason that people can resonate with me, because I have the knowingness from being in their shoes, in their similar experiences. I had to share my past, my truth with readers because how could I dare tell them how to be happy if I didn't experience this myself?
MBG: When you first decided to make a lifestyle change – did the career change go hand-in-hand? Did you know that you had a book in you?
GB: I spoke publicly at universities previously about PR since I had successfully started my own business at a relatively young age so I always felt I had a deep connection to young people, particularly a deep connection to the young female listener. So when I made my lifestyle change, I knew that I already had a passion for promoting and sharing a message, so I knew I had to share my new message about what I had learned in A Course in Miracles in some capacity. This was very apparent to me once I started to read the Course. And I knew very early on—like 5 years ago—that I had a book in me and a new career.
MBG: Other than being some of my favorite authors -- you mention Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, and Marianne Williamson in your acknowledgments. Why these three people?
GB: I think they’ve all done such an incredible job of taking metaphysics to the masses – and bringing it to us through a comfortable and relevant conversation. I‘ve had the privilege of working with Wayne’s daughter, Skye, and have received beautiful support from Wayne. And Marianne in particular has been such a great guide to me. I’m very excited to help promote her Sister Giant event in Los Angeles from Feb 26-28.
MBG: What’s your desert island book?
GB: A Course in Miracles! I would actually like to be on a desert island with that book!
MBG: Favorite guilty indulgence?
GB: Coffee from Irving Farm in the Village. In fact after this interview I’m going to run over there!
MBG: What does mind/body/green wellness mean to you?
GB: I think what we put in our mind and in our body and what we put out into the earth is all connected. What I’m eating, thinking, feeling – its all vibrating and affecting the planet. Being conscious of this is so important, and if we can all come together and shift this energy then we can really shift the earth.
MBG: Why should we run out right now and buy Add More ~ing To Your Life?
GB: If you have the desire to make positive change in your life then allow my book to help. All change takes a significant amount of work and we cannot do that alone. My book will be your guide if you’re ready to join me on a journey inward.
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