The 5 Simple Spiritual Practices That Keep You Grounded When Life Gets Busy

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When life gets really busy it’s all too easy to fall off with your spiritual practices. You may have experienced this for yourself.

When life is cruising along in a comfortable routine, it’s simple to fit in your meditations, journaling, etc. But when things get really busy, our spiritual practices tend to get dropped. Anything from a big work deadline to planning a wedding, buying a home or having a baby can throw us off our path.

Ironically, it’s during these really busy times that we often need our spiritual practices the most! Staying connected is what keeps us grounded, inspired, energized and clear-headed. We can handle whatever comes up with grace and ease. Time expands. We intuitively know what to do when we have a million decisions to make. (This is a big reason why I created my Miracle Membership, which helps you stay spiritually connected every day!)

5 simple spiritual practices that keep you grounded

miracles now book gabby bernsteinIn this post I’m offering up five simple spiritual practices that keep you grounded when life gets busy! Try one or all of these practices to follow the fun and feel good no matter what.

All of these tips except for the first one are adapted from my book Miracles Now.

For Miracles Now I handpicked 108 simple techniques to combat our most common problems, such as stress, burnout, frustration and resentment. These practical, moment-to-moment tools will help you eliminate blocks and live with more ease. If you want even more of the kinds of tips below, pick up the book here. You can also grab the Miracles Now card deck and use it daily to expand your miracle mindset!

1. Start your day with a meditation to get into alignment

This Abraham-Hicks meditation is a way to get you into vibrational alignment with the Universe from the moment you wake up. The morning is the most sacred time to set yourself up to win for the rest of the day. Whatever energy you bring into the morning is the energy you carry throughout the day.

Abraham-Hicks teach that when we sleep we release resistance to negative thoughts. That means that when we wake up we have a clean slate in front of us. We have an opportunity to release the negativity from the day before and begin again. That’s why the first moments of the morning are so precious. We can take advantage of being in a state of non-resistance and start the day with a fresh attitude.

2. Reconnect with music and movement

Music is one of the strongest tools we have to reconnect ourselves to our inner spirit. If you’ve felt frustrated or uninspired about certain areas of your life, you can use music to rejuvenate yourself from the inside out.

Do you want to shake a negative pattern or raise your energy? Make a positive perception playlist. Create a mix of songs that spark your spirit and put a smile on your face. Listen to the playlist when you wake up in the morning, during your commute, at the gym, while you cook dinner, etc.

Check out one of my positive perception playlists on Spotify!

Most importantly, you can use this playlist to shift your energy whenever you feel down. You can pack it with songs that are peaceful and calming or upbeat and energizing (or both). Let the music be your guide to reactivating your positive perceptions.

pure fun mini trampoline | re-energize your spiritual practice when life gets busyOne way to amp up this practice is to listen to your playlist while jumping on a mini trampoline! This is a practice I do every morning after my meditation. It gets your blood flowing, wakes you up and is awesome for your lymphatic system.

There are two mini trampolines I love. The Pure Fun Mini Trampoline is super light and inexpensive. If you want to make a bigger investment, the Urban Rebounder trampoline comes with a stabilization bar and a DVD box set with videos by my friend JB Berns.

If you don’t have a trampoline, you can jump rope, do jumping jacks or just dance!

3. Repeat an affirmation when life gets hectic

There is always a solution of the highest good — even though it may not be exactly what we think we want. Our job isn’t to force the outcome we want. Our job is to stay faithful to miracles and choose the highest good nonetheless. I’ve found that the more I commit to this perspective, the easier it is to move through uncomfortable situations.

When life gets busy or hard, this short affirmation will help you keep the faith: There is always a solution of the highest good.

There is always a solution of the highest good.

Recite it silently or out loud and you’ll keep the door open to receive. Your openness is all you need. You don’t need to worry about the solution you receive. Instead, simply be open to receive whatever is of the highest good.

4. Give your brain a break

gabby bernstein walking in the woods | re-energize your spiritual practice when life gets busyThe concept of slowing down often seems alluring, but it can also be hard to do because the pace of our lives is so fast. Running on high speed all the time can make you feel overwhelmed. You not only end up getting less done, you feel tense and anxious.

The counterintuitive secret to getting more done is to slow down. When you clear space to access your inner power, time will seem to expand and you’ll accomplish more.

When there’s a lot on your mind, it’s hard to feel productive and at peace. My friend Michael Eisen taught me that a great way to enhance your energy and create more time in your day is to take regular, mindful brain breaks.

This is really easy to do. Just step away from the computer, leave your phone behind and take a walk. These breaks help you mentally shake it all off and get back into your day’s tasks with a clear head.

5. Change your mood with a ritual

This awesome tip comes from my friend Barbara Biziou! It’s a ritual for changing your energy. Here’s how it works:

Crush some black peppercorns in a bowl or with a mortar and pestle and smell them. Black pepper releases negativity and wards off bad vibes immediately, making more space in your aura. You can also use essential oil of black pepper. (You can even carry a bottle of the essential oil with you when you need a hit of courage. It gives you extra energy to do the things you just don’t want to do.)

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With your eyes open, take a few deep breaths. Sit up and pull your shoulders back as you breathe from the top of the lungs. With your eyes up, take a few deep breaths of release. This puts you in a happy brain state.

Now close your eyes and lower your chin until you are sitting in a comfortable position. As you take a few deep breaths, imagine you can open to energy of peace and compassion. Imagine the energy flowing through you like warm, soothing water, dissolving the barriers that you’ve created to protect your inner light. Set your intention that only what is appropriate to be dissolved at this time will be released.

Now imagine that you have an invisible cloak around you. Only good and positive energy can enter and you now have the ability to safely share your true essence with the world. Seal this energy by burning lavender incense or dried lavender flowers, or by anointing yourself with lavender essential oil.

Note: It’s important to dilute essential oil in a carrier oil such as avocado, jojoba or apricot oil before putting it on your skin. You want a very small amount of essential oil compared to carrier oil. You can rub the diluted essential oil onto your wrists, temples or neck. Don’t use on broken skin.

Practice Kundalini meditation with me

miracles now meditation videos gabby bernsteinOne beautiful way to re-energize your spiritual practice is to bring in Kundalini yoga! In Miracles Now I include several Kundalini meditations.

Whether you are reading the book or not, one great resource is my Miracles Now Meditation Videos collection.

I break down each meditation for you so you can do each one with confidence, even if you’re totally new to Kundalini! These 12 videos will give you clear guidance on how to feel great even when life gets busy!

Get the videos here.

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  1. I felt the need to write you right after finishing “The Universe Has Your Back”. I’ve had it for awhile, but I was finally ready, and in great need of reading this! My boyfriend seriously opened my eyes to the negativity/anxiety I was putting out, as I have done on and off for way too long! I cannot thank you enough Gabby, for your book (s), your meditations and your love/care for all. I WILL continue on this journey of positivity, love and faith, and I thank you!


  2. Thank you for posting this Gabby. The right words at the right time for me. I am in the throes of moving. Packing up my home of 19 years. Its hard to maintain my journaling but using guided meditation helps me to relax and sleep. I am in overwhelm and keep repeating to myself that I am being held lovingly by the Universe. This is not easy and I cannot imagine I’m going to get everything done by my deadline. I graduated the Master Class in June in NYC and am eternally grateful for that gift as it has helped me to slow down and listen to my intuition. Thank you!!

    1. Sending you lots of love and healing and wishing you a seamless move. Grateful for your presence at SJM Live and that you’re showing up here. Keep incorporating the meditations into your day, especially during busy times. You’re doing awesome. XOX

  3. Thank u for sharing! I started today with my meditation . It really Works. Now I feel at peace, comfortable with myself . At this point in my life I just want to embrace myself and control my thoughts with the highest and the best energy. In many times, i’ve Felt fear, anxious uninspired and overwhelmed and I realized that I need to envolve in a good vibe every day . Xoxo ‍♀️

  4. Gabby *-*

    Spiritual Junkie 😀 When I need you, you’re there. I feel very DEEP and interesting CONNECTION when I read one of your books or blogs.
    I want to meet you in person! So curious about your energy…
    When are you coming to California? <3


  5. Gabby this blog was super helpful! Recently I had a family member try to comit suicide she still alive but i struggle with fear of it happening again as i went through truama of losing a sibling due to suicide when i was young, how can i get through that type of stress?

    1. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is a beautiful resource to help you find support for yourself *and* help your family member.

      First, check out the resources and links here for how to find support groups for family members of people who have died from suicide or attempted suicide:

      It’s really important for you to take care of yourself during this time. I suggest following some of the resources in the link above to find support groups. Reach out to friends who can support you and just be with you, whether it’s having a deep conversation or having a good time like going to see a movie, getting a meal together or just taking a walk in the park.

      Check out this link to learn how you can support your family member:

      I have a beautiful Yoga Nidra meditation that can help you feel very relaxed and grounded when you’re experiencing a lot of stress or just need a mental reset. You can download it as part of my free 4-track meditation album at

      I want you to know that I am holding you in my prayers. The Universe has your back during this time and always. Simply saying a prayer such as, “Thank you, Universe, for helping me find the support I need during this time,” sends a powerful message and will attract the help you need to feel safe and strong.

  6. Thank you for sharing this… I came across your teachings and guiding principles when I got into a terrible accident in early 2017 and severely broke my leg. It nearly broke my spirit but I was lucky enough to come across your YT videos which truly changed my life. I was fortunate enough to attend an event in NYC and meet you at a book signing. Through my healing journey, I came across the teachings of Abraham Hicks (among many others!) but have listened to the 2017 version of this morning affirmation. It has helped me immensely and while I have started to listening to some of Abraham’s other teachings on my morning and evening commute, I think this is the Universe telling me that I should set the tone of my day with this particular morning affirmation. Thank you for sharing for all your followers to experience. My appreciation for you is insurmountable and I look forward to shining my light onto others the way your light has shone onto me. With love xo

  7. Gabby, I have loved her advice and guidance for almost 2 years now. Through a tragic leg break, I stumbled upon your free YT videos and have become a disciple of your principles. In my journey since my accident, I have stumbled upon Abraham Hicks (and many others as well) but listened to the 2017 version of Abraham’s morning affirmation for close to a year straight (I can recite it from memory). I’ve been listening to some of Abraham’s other teachings on my morning and evening commute, but I think I should once again listen to this particular teaching as it really set a good tone. Thank you for sharing it here as a sign that the Universe also things I should do the same. My appreciation for you is insurmountable and your guidance touches my soul. Thank you for sharing your light and inspiring me to share my light.

  8. This is very inspiring. I am new to sobriety 8 months and I am trying to be the best version of myself. I love listening to your speeches.
    One thing I feel like I am having trouble with is that I feel like I am missing out in fun stuff because of sobriety. I know that is not true but its juse a feeling I keep getting, I am sure its becuase I am new trying to keep positive about this.

  9. Thank you Gabby, I’ve been thinking about staying grounded a lot over the last few days. This is exactly what I needed xx

  10. You are truly inspirational and your emails seem to appear just when I need them to uplift me and my soul You have given me the tools and strength to bring peace and empowerment into my life
    Many Thanks and God Bless


  11. Thanks Gabby, you always seem to know how to reach out. So glad we got to see you in london…. lots of light and luv. X

  12. So very timely Universe!!! This is what I needed to hear to get my butt in alignment and get back to work. Thank you Gabby! Big Love!

  13. This could not come at a more perfect time. Recently Out of a rough patch, which your work and books helped me thru, but got away from doing things to keep me on the path. Love you Gabby, thank you!

  14. Hello Gabby,

    I was looking for inspiration one day and I came across your name. I’m so glad, I did! Your inspiration and aura are so magical and truly uplifting. Thank you Gabby!! Much lovelight and gratitude. A. xxx

  15. You always come thru right when I need a little push back into alignment ❤❤ very grateful for you and the universe

  16. Thank you for all you do…you are such an inspiration and a voice of empowerment. The tools and the teachers you’ve guided me towards have really enhanced my world. Sending you lots and lots of love and gratitude…….

  17. You have become such a powerful stand for peace and acceptance in my life Gabby! Thank you. From The Universe has your Back to the Spirit Junkie Masterclass you are delivering the messages I am so ready to receive! With gratitude…. Whitney

  18. Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Gabby. Your work has truly changed my life, and I’m forever grateful. My dream is to be able to meet you one day, and I’m manifesting it!

  19. Thank you Gabby, it is so sweet of you, you share sutch precious information with us! I got your name from Simone Levy. I really appreciate it. I think of someone who can benefit. Like this we make the world a better place to be. So nice to share these positive fibes 🙂

  20. Dear gabby, your messages are inspirational and valuable… and they always come at the right time… just love your approach to life.. so much to learn from you..

      1. Hi Gabby,

        Thank you for this. I’m reading Spirit Junkie AGAIN and you referenced Marianne Williamson’a audio lecture, The Language of Letting Go. I can’t find it anywhere. Can I trouble to guide me to it? Thank you.

        God Bless you and keep you.


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