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3 Powerful Ways You Can Be Happy Right Now

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3 Powerful Ways You Can Be Happy Right Now

Simple Techniques For Stress Relief
Gabrielle  Bernstein
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Apr 08, 2014 at 09:15 PM

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. 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.

Here are 3 of my 108 soulful methods for achieving peace and happiness now drawn from some of the world’s greatest spiritual teachings. What’s unique about the techniques I’ve chosen in my book Miracles Now, is that you can use them to quickly clear your stress and fear any time—even if you only have a minute to spare.  Putting simple techniques into action every day is extremely powerful—because miracles arise from new patterns and shifts in your perception.

1. Happiness is A Choice You Make

Whenever I’m asked about the greatest lesson I’ve learned, my response is: Happiness is a choice I make. It’s very easy to look for how to be happy outside ourselves; in a relationship, a dream job, or the perfect body weight. When we chase happiness externally, we’re simply looking for God in all the wrong places. The outside search is based on false projections we place on the world. These projections build up a wall against true happiness, which lies within us. This first exercise will help you understand how nothing “out there” can save you from the conflict that resides within. You must develop a rich inner life to enjoy life altogether.

Each time we make this shift and choose happiness, we experience a miracle. Our mind shifts from fearful delusions and reconnects to our truth, which is love. To begin your commitment to new perceptions, start by paying attention to attack thoughts toward yourself and others. Whenever you notice your thoughts detour into attack mode, say out loud or to yourself: Happiness is a choice I make. Make this your mantra.

The more you retrain yourself to choose happiness over fear, the more blissful you will be. Repeating a new behavior is what makes change stick. When you repeat a new pattern often, you literally change the neural pathways in your brain. This shift helps true change settle in.

Miracle Message: Happiness is a choice I make. #MiraclesNow

2. Make Forgiveness A Practice

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In all my books, lectures, and teachings I emphasize the importance of practicing this F-word like a full-time job. The experience of forgiveness is rooted in all spiritual teachings and is the method through which we release the past and reclaim love in the present. Forgiveness is a great way to become unstuck and open up to a more vibrant life.

When you’re unforgiving you feel stuck, weak, angry, and resentful. All those feelings contain low-level energy and therefore block your capacity to heal, grow, and live life to the fullest. Like many things, forgiveness is a habit. Get into it by learning how to forgive yourself first.

Yogi Bhajan once said to a room full of his students, “The only difference between me and you is that I practice forgiving myself all day long.” Yogi Bhajan shows us that a key to being the master of your own mind is to learn how to forgive yourself. So for today, just for one minute, practice forgiving yourself. Make it a conscious, purposeful action. It only takes a few moments, but it’s radically transformational.

The moment you recognize your self-attack, follow these four steps:

  1. Witness the attack thought.
  2. Breathe into the feeling of discomfort.
  3. Feel the feeling.
  4. Say to yourself, “I forgive this thought. I know it is not real.”

Practice these four steps and prepare yourself to go deeper into the forgiveness process.

Miracle Message: Forgiveness offers me everything I need. #MiraclesNow

3.  See The Tormentor As The Mentor

There are probably people in your life who really push your buttons—the ones who make you feel twitchy every time you encounter them, such as the childhood pal who knows how to rev up your insecurities or the parent who can drive you over the edge within five minutes of saying hello. No matter how difficult these people may seem, they are your greatest teachers. Whenever you encounter an obstacle, there are opportunities to learn and grow. So how can you begin to see your tormentors as mentors?

The exercise is simple. Whenever your “tormentor” gets under your skin, instead of rushing to defend yourself or mount a takedown of whatever they’ve said, take a moment to breathe deeply. After three long, deep breaths, say to yourself, “What can I learn from this?” Open your consciousness to receive guidance on what can be learned from the situation. The feelings that others ignite in you are feelings that must come to the surface. Rather than push them down and blame the other person for driving you nuts, pay attention to what’s coming up. If something is triggered, then something needs to be healed.

Then, take a minute to sit in stillness. Allow your subconscious to open you up to receive information about what you can learn from this person. It’s very possible that your intuition will speak loudly and offer you guidance. Maybe you’ll hear a word such as “release,” “love,” or “forgive.” Honor the intuitive hits you receive.

If you don’t get any guidance in that minute of stillness, then pay attention to what comes up subtly throughout the day. You may hear a song that leads you to release pent-up anger or notice a tweet that offers you the exact message you need to hear. Guidance comes in many forms and is available to us all. We just need to ask for it and look out for the signs. 

If you’re dealing with a truly difficult person, sometimes the first lesson is simply tolerance and patience. It may take time to approach love and forgiveness, but taking that first step toward learning to tolerate others and be patient with them can help you shake off resentment and anger and turn torment into mentorship.

Miracle Message: I can see the tormentor as the mentor. #MiraclesNow
For more ways to attract miracles to your life, see my book, Miracles Now - 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose


Gabrielle Bernstein has been labeled by the New York Times as the next-generation guru. A motivational speaker, life coach, and author, she is expanding the lexicon for the seekers of today and tomorrow.

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Gabrielle  Bernstein
Gabrielle Bernstein has been labeled by the New York Times as the next-generation guru. A motivational speaker, life coach, and author, she is expanding the lexicon for the seekers of today and tomorrow. Continue reading