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.