Do You Fall Off the Spiritual Wagon? How to Stay Consistent with Your Spiritual Practice

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Recently I got an email from one of my blog readers expressing deep concern about her spiritual path. She said:

“I’ve been following you since the beginning. Yup, I’m an ~ing girl. And even though I have so many spiritual tools I still find that I fall off course. How do I stay committed to my spiritual path?”

This is not the first time I’ve heard this from a reader. Every week people in my lecture audiences, social media feed and blog community comment on their fear of falling off the spiritual wagon.

Do you fall off the spiritual wagon?

Does this sound familiar? Do you get super psyched about a 40-day meditation practice or a 90-day yoga challenge only to lose steam a few days in? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. For the past decade I’ve committed to being a spiritual student and teacher, and I too fall of the spiritual wagon on a regular basis.

But throughout my spiritual journey I’ve found tools that help me climb right back on it.

3 steps for staying consistent with your spiritual practice

Try my 3 steps for staying on the spiritual wagon. They’ll help you stay committed, consistent and passionate about your practice so you can reap the amazing rewards of being on a spiritual path!

Step 1: When in doubt, play it out

I honor how I want to feel | The Universe Has Your Back card deck by Gabby BernsteinIt’s easy to forget about the long-term consequences of small choices, especially when temptation is right in front of you. Instead of summoning every ounce of willpower to resist the urge, remember: When in doubt, play it out.

Play out the entire story from start to finish. You step away from your meditation pillow and and press play. When when one episode is over you say, “Why not watch another?” Four hours later you turn on the lights and realize you’re stuck in a TV binge and you  forgot to meditate.

Play out the entire scenario

Whatever the issue, if you take the time to play out the entire scenario you’ll be able to talk yourself out of making a mistake. The key is to think your way through the whole story. Not just the fun part. Play the story all the way through to the end when you crash and burn.

Your honesty and willingness to remember what is real will save you when you want to relapse into old behavior. Use this tool whenever you find yourself enchanted by something that ultimately will take you away from your spiritual practice. Playing it out helps you see past short-term temptations and prioritize feeling good!

Step 2: F it!

When we fall off of the spiritual wagon, we often enter a cycle of guilt that sabotages our progress even more. What if you could learn to forgive yourself on the spot? In an instant you can shift from self-hatred and attack to self-love and compassion. Your simple decision to choose to forgive yourself will open the floodgates for peace.

The next time you judge yourself for falling off the spiritual wagon, just say, “I choose to forgive myself now.” Then relax into that commitment and let forgiveness take over.

You can also try to catch yourself in the act of self-attack. In those moments, redirect your energy by focusing something you like about yourself. Whenever you detour, call on forgiveness to guide you back onto the path.

In this video I offer even more guidance on how to forgive yourself the moment you fall off the spiritual wagon:

Step 3: Get clear and stay consistent

For nearly a decade, I’ve received requests from miracle-minded folks asking for monthly tools to help them stay consistent and inspired on their spiritual paths. I’ve heard countless stories of people diving into their practices only to revert back to old behavior after a few weeks.

I get it. It can be challenging to stay committed to your personal and spiritual growth with all the responsibilities and noise of everyday life. Many people have told me that clear direction helps them stay on track, and that email reminders let them pause their busy days and take a few minutes to meditate and center themselves.

It’s all about clarity and repetition

Gabby Bernstein meditating | spiritual practiceOver the years, I’ve found that what helps me most in staying committed to my spiritual path is clarity and repetition. Each month I make a point to clarify the tools I’m applying, and I stay committed to repeating my new behaviors. I choose a few clear practices that I repeat throughout the month. This simplicity and direction keeps me on track.

After years of receiving tons of requests for clear direction I realized I had to show up for my spiritual community in this way. I felt a responsibility to help my fellow Spirit Junkies create a consistent connection to the tools and inspiration they want and need in order to stay on their spiritual paths.

I thought back to the first years of my own practice and remembered how strongly I craved something that would give me regular and dependable guidance, something that would make it easier to stay focused and passionate. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be nice for my community to have the clarity, guidance and structure that I’ve spent so much time creating for my own practice?”

In the midst of working on other projects, one thing suddenly became very clear: The best service I could offer you would be an online platform to help you stay committed to your spiritual path. After a lot of contemplation and a desire to serve your journey, I was led to create the Miracle Membership!

The Miracle Membership helps you stick to your spiritual practices

Miracle Membership by Gabby Bernstein

This awesome subscription platform lets us stay connected on every step of your spiritual journey. Even on your most chaotic days, you can log in and instantly access the exact lessons and meditations you need to create a miracle right in the moment and stay true to your path.

The Miracle Membership offers fresh, new, inspirational content mixed with some of my favorite lectures! Each month has a theme to focus your practice.

What you get as a Miracle Member

Every month you’ll get…

  • A new guided meditation to help you turn inward and receive guidance
  • A new podcast episode in which I explore the monthly theme and offer practical tips!
  • One of my Gabby’s Greatest Hits talks for a deep dive into the topic
  • A beautiful monthly mantra you can download, print and share
  • Weekly encouragement emails to help you stay on track and inspired

I manifest miracles | Miracle Membership mantra art for July 2019Plus, as a Miracle Member you get access to our private Facebook group! It’s the most high-vibe place on the internet! You get 50% off a selection of my digital courses to help you grow your spiritual practice.

And I can’t forget this… four times a year I lead a group coaching session on a core spiritual topic. This group coaching is only for Miracle Members!

Are you ready for some miracles? Commit to your spiritual path and get my support every step of the way, with fresh content each month to help you stay on track and inspired.

Never fall off the spiritual wagon ever again. Learn more about the Miracle Membership here!

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  1. I do fall off the spiritual wagon sometimes and I go back and forth about what it means. Sometimes, when I catch myself in the middle of an unexpected break – usually when I’m on my cycle – sorry if that’s tmi 😉 – I think I should just enjoy my time away, believing that when I get back to that hardcore consistent practice of 30-1.5hr morning and evening meditation, journalling and reflecting sessions, I’ll be jamming. It’s almost as if, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Do you think if we find ourselves not maintaining our practice as consistently and diligently as we typically do, it’s ok to go a few days or even a week without the hardcore organized practice? Can breaks be a part of our Sadhna? Or, are we disguising this more relaxed approach as self-compassion?

  2. Hi Gabby, never mind falling off the wagon, I just need to find mine. I’m very new to my journey and finding my way. These blogs help.

  3. I am a big fan of forgiveness and trust in these kinds of things. Our inner guides are lettings us know something important when our interest wanes in a particular practice- and they’re also speaking up when we long to engage in spirituality again! Like most things, it ebbs and flows and we just need to trust and forgive, over and over. Glad this article is here for next time I fall off the wagon (and the time after that!).

    1. I think that what you’ve said is similar to how I see it. Practice makes a habit, not perfection. To expect a perfect spiritual journey is not realistic, there will be ebbs and flows, and I wonder if that is a “bad” thing? To go with the wagon metaphor, could it be that while sometimes we do fall off the wagon, maybe sometimes we’re driving it and other times we’re just passengers who needed a break from steering the wagon? Maybe that’s just ego and an excuse…

  4. I love that the first step is forgive yourself. My natural tendency is to beat my self up about it. I also love that you suggest taking one step. It makes it doable and easy. Thank You!

  5. This is such perfect timing. I was sick all week with a hacking cough and an achy body and couldn’t bring myself to do my daily practice. After 3 days of just sleeping and sleeping I got up and just wanted to walk. I felt bad not keeping to my yoga commitment but realised this was what my body wanted. It’s so easy to get rigid and I keep coming back to Yogi Bhajan’s Wisdom, Commitment and Consistency. I’m back on track this week and while ‘my practice graph’ has a serious dip I know peaks and troughs are all part of it.
    I’ve developed a Kundalini Yoga App which is a wonderful way to build and track your personal practice and share that journey with others. The idea came through intuition in my daily practice. I felt the fear and followed my guidance to build it. It’s on the App Store or you can find it here. http:///www.sadhanaapp.com I’d love to hear you thoughts. I think any of you who want to create a daily practice will love it. I do. It really helps me keep on track x eilish

      1. It is truly even if I say so myself. I love that everything is on one screen and that I can find a kriya again so easily and that it wakes me up to practice!
        I was without it for a month recently and coordinating books, timers and music across 3 screens/things drove me nuts. I expect as a committed KY practitioner you can relate. I’d love you to try it and hear your feedback. Let me know how to send you a copy to try. x Eilish

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