I met Gabby a few years ago when she came for a visit at Strala to talk about doing some workshops at the studio. She walked in with tons of energy, lots of excitement and hung out on the floor and chatted with me like we’d been girlfriends for years. Getting to know Gabby over the years she is a fiercely loyal friend, protector of the heart, clear communicator, and has really great, genuine soulful advice and inspiration when you need it most. She is a listener, an advisor, a pal, and a healer. Practicing what she preaches, the self work she puts in is a full time job, in addition to giving out so much to help so many. I’m blessed to have this amazing, colorful, vibrant woman as a friend and I’m beyond thrilled to share with you a personal interview of Gabrielle Bernstein with you all here. Enjoy Miracles Now, Gabby’s new book, as I know you will and remember your happiness can be measured by the level of your faith in love.

T: Do you remember your first experience of a miracle?

G: The first time I realized that I had the power within me to shift my thoughts and energy was when I was seventeen. At that time I was going through a deep depression. Seeking solace I asked my mother for help. She did what she knew best and she taught me how to meditate. A week into my meditation practice I had a miraculous experience. Feeling low and depressed I went into my room to meditate. Within moments I sensed the sadness lift and my whole body began to tingle. I felt as though there were an invisible force field of energy surrounding me and holding me. I felt safe, loved and at peace. This was my first encounter with miraculous spiritual healing and connection. Ever since that day I have been deepening my connection to spirit. Now that presence of love is available to me all the time.

T: When you were little did you expect to grow up to teach other people about miracles?

G: Yes. I was always intuitively guided to lead spiritual communities. When I was in high school I was the President of the regional Jewish youth group. I led long weekend spiritual retreats with Jewish high school students from all over Westchester county. I felt called to be in this leadership role and help people connect spiritually. I always knew this was my path.

T:  Can we control when miracles happen for us?

G: Yes. We can live a life of miracles if we choose to. We are always experience the reflection of our thoughts and energy. When our energy and thoughts are focused towards love, miracles and faith then that is what we will experience. Though it’s not always easy to stay committed to love and miracles when the outside world gives us so many reasons to tune out. We must learn how to take responsibility for our energy so that we can experience more flow.

Our energy has far more power than we can even imagine. There is energy in your spoken words, in your emails, and in your physical presence. When we function from a fearful, low-level energetic state, our thoughts and energy can literally pollute the world. Conversely, when we function from a place of positive energy, the world around us becomes more positive. The truth is that fear cannot coexist with love. Therefore, we must learn how to dissolve all boundaries with love by taking responsibility for our own energy. In doing so, we’ll raise the energy around us.

T: What is something I can do when I’m super stressed to bring myself into a state where miracles are possible.

G: In my new book, Miracles Now, I share 108 short tips to help you de-stress and reconnect with peace and flow. An example from the book is to breathe your way out. The greatest stress buster is your breath. This simple meditation can clear your mind and set you up to win. Simply breathe in your nose for five seconds, hold your breath for five seconds, release for five and hold out for five. Practice this breath pattern for one minute whenever you sense stress come on. This one minute practice can change your life.

T: What are simple things I can do daily to bring myself into miracle mode?

G: A very easy tool is to simply change your breath pattern. The moment you change your breath pattern you change your energy, thereby changing your experience. Whenever you notice yourself about to relapse into your negative behavior, take a long, deep breath. As you change your breath you change your energy. Your calm and centered energy will support you in positive behavior and stop you from indulging in your bad habits.

Whenever you notice your mood’s gotten the best of you, practice one of these tools and find your way out. You have have far more power than you think you do. Take your happiness into your own hands and start consciously changing your mood today.

T: What is your main personal goal for this year?

G: My personal goal for this year is to spread the Miracles Now gospel far and wide. My hope is to create more miracle workers in the world. Yogi Bhajan said, “I’m not here to create disciples, I’m here to create teachers.” This statement is my mission. I am here to help people accept their own power to be of service and spread light. Miracles Now is like a teachers manual. Each exercise is easy to apply and super easy to share. The messages are designed to be shared.

T: What do you do to stay inspired on a daily basis?

G: To stay inspired on a daily basis I meditate. These days I meditate for almost an hour a day. This practice is crucial to my happiness and my overall wellbeing. I long for my meditation pillow.

T: What is the one piece of advice is the most important to live in a miracle mindset?

G: Cultivate a daily practice of asking and listening. When you pray you ask. When you meditate you listen. In order to maintain a miracle mindset you must be in a moment to moment dialogue with spirit.

T: What artists do you look for inspiration?

My favorite musician is Florence Welch from Florence + The Machine. I love her so much! I can feel her spirit through her lyrics and her voice. I also love all of the young new Kundalini artists like Sanatam, Nirinjan, and Gurunam Singh.

G: The artist that inspires me most is my husband Zach. His art rules.

T: What are you listening to right now?

Florence + The Machine (always.) Jai Jag Deesh and Portishead.

T: What’s the last thing you saw that moved you deeply?

G: I am deeply moved by my audiences. I led a workshop last week and I witnessed hundreds of people singing the lyrics, “I am the grace of God.” This moved me to tears. It’s a blessing to do this work and witness these miracles.