4 Powerful Ways to Practice Gratitude & Attract Your Desires Through Journaling

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Gabby Bernstein journaling by a sunny windowJournaling is an important part of my daily spiritual practice. I’ve been writing in my journal every day for many years. But even if you don’t yet have a journaling practice, or if you struggle to keep a journal, I have some tools that will make you love journaling!

Putting pen to paper is a very powerful act. Journaling is a beautiful way to tap into your intuition, let inspired ideas come forth and get into a daily habit of appreciation.

Your journaling practice will enhance your personal growth, deepen your gratitude and strengthen your spiritual connection.

4 ways to practice gratitude and attract your desires through journaling

There are lots of journaling tips out there, but I want to help you take your practice to the next level and really love it! These four fun and easy tips will help you attract your greatest desires and amp up your gratitude with your journal.

Meditate before journaling

Gabby Bernstein meditatingI wanted to make it really easy for you to meditate before journaling, so I created a free guided journaling meditation! Get it instantly when you order The Universe Has Your Back Journal.

This meditation will help guide you into alignment with the Universe before you begin your journaling process. You’ll call on divine guidance with a powerful energetic request and calm your mind so you can receive inspiration.

Get your free journaling meditation here and listen to it with your journal by your side.

Following the meditation, pick up your journal and free-write for 10 minutes or more. Let your pen flow on the page, allowing whatever needs to come out to come out!

Write a Rampage of Appreciation in the morning

There is a stream of love supporting my dreams | Gabby Bernstein quote | The Universe Has Your Back card deckEach morning practice this awesome tool from Abraham-Hicks — it’s called a Rampage of Appreciation. Early in the morning (before you check email, turn on the TV, open Instagram, etc.), open your journal. Write three to five pages about what you appreciate most.

This Rampage of Appreciation can include people, things, situations, encounters and so on, on any topic. They can be subtle, major, serious or fun! If you can’t fill three to five pages at first, aim to fill one page. Really feel the appreciation flow through you and notice as your energetic vibration is raised.

As Abraham-Hicks have put it:

Every time you appreciate something, every time you praise something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe: “More of this, please.” You need never make another verbal statement of this intent, and if you are mostly in a state of appreciation, all good things will flow to you.

Your Rampage of Appreciation journaling practice will set you up to feel great all day long and attract more and more things to appreciate!

Write with your spirit guides

The Universe Has Your Back Journal surrounded by cards from The Universe Has Your Back card deck | Gabby BernsteinA great way to connect with your spirit guides is through journaling. At the top of the page write, “Thank you, guides of the highest truth and compassion, for writing with me. Thank you for revealing what I need to know.”

You can also request that your guides focus on a particular topic. For this you would write, “Thank you, guides of the highest truth and compassion, for writing with me. Thank you for revealing what I need to know about [INSERT TOPIC OF CHOICE].”

You can meditate before journaling with your guides

I choose to learn through love | Gabby Bernstein | The Universe Has Your Back card deckYou may find that it’s helpful to do a short meditation before writing with your spirit guides.

Before meditating, call on your guides by saying a short prayer such as, “Thank you, guides of the highest truth and compassion, for showing me what I need to know. Thank you for leading me in the right direction. Thank you for whatever it is that I need.”

Then listen to your Journaling Meditation, or simply sit quietly for 10 minutes, paying attention to your breath and the sensations you experience.

You can ask your guides to write through you

When you’re journaling with your guides, you may find that your guides begin speaking to you directly. Instead of writing in the first person you may begin writing in the second person. When I am channeling my guides they often say, “Dear sister…”

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In some cases, your handwriting might even change. You might feel a presence of energy moving through you. You might feel a heat in your body. And that means that there’s a presence that’s working through you to give you some kind of direction.

If you don’t want your guides to write through you, you can be very clear in your request that you want to write in your own voice.

Journal before bed and celebrate every miracle

Gabby Bernstein journaling by candlelightBefore going to bed, open your journal and take an inventory of your day so you can celebrate your miracles. Write down all the wins you had that day — even if they seem minor, like being first in line at the bank. Celebrate your wins before you fall asleep!

This is an especially awesome practice if you tend to lie in bed at night and worry. Journaling about your miracle moments will help you break free of that negative pattern and shift your focus onto all that is going well!

Make journaling a joyful practice

Commit to any or all of these tips and expect miracles! Journaling is a spiritual and creative practice that will serve you greatly.

Don’t worry about being “perfect” at journaling. In the short video clip below, I talk about how I don’t believe in perfection:

Release perfection and focus on consistency. The more you journal, the more easily you’ll be able to connect to Universal guidance through journaling. Follow these tips and expect miracles! Let journaling be an inspiring and moving part of your spiritual practice.

When you make the commitment to journal regularly, you can trust that it will enhance your spiritual growth, deepen your appreciation and help you attract your greatest desires!

Deepen your journaling practice with The Universe Has Your Back Journal and free meditation

The Universe Has Your Back Journal and free guided journaling meditationThe Universe Has Your Back Journal makes it easy for you to enhance your intuition and deepen your spiritual connection with devoted time for inner reflection.

It will hold space for your dreams and help you manifest your greatest desires, inspiring you with watercolor designs and mantras from the book.

Order the journal and get your free guided Journaling Meditation instantly!

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  1. Thank you so much for this blog..
    I’m so grateful that I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and one friend mentioned your post in the story.. I will practice this and will surely tell u my experience…

  2. Thank you for your information! May I ask whether you could post one sample for gratitude journal so that i could know how to write? Moreover, should I write in journal or can i write in app of mobile phone or just say thank you to somebody in heart? Thank you for reply!

    1. Great questions, Daniel. There is not right or wrong way to journal on gratitude. Some people simply list the things that they are grateful for while other people may write in paragraphs or prayers. Let your intuition guide you. Personally, I like writing in a journal, but you can also write in an app or hold the intention in your heart. There is no wrong way to express gratitude!

  3. Dear Gabby,
    I have been a huge fan of your for years and grateful for your inspiration. I have been journaling for many years and feel the release but I am having a hard time changing my circumstances. I really need to find a larger source of abundance in my life to support myself and my 2 children. I am trying not to be scared and succumbing to the negative forces but having a hard time staying positive when nothing has come through after sending out over 30 resumes. I don’t know what the Universe wants from me or where I should go . I don’t her or feel the guidance and i need help.

    1. Annie, thank you for sharing here. You may or may not realize it, but this comment is a prayer. You’re asking the Universe for help. And you WILL receive it.

      My #1 mantra for manifesting abundance is this: “”I’m open to creative possibilities for abundance.”” You can also say, “”I’m open to creative possibilities for earning.”” Really, really make this your mantra. Write it down. Say it as soon as you wake up. Anytime fear starts taking over, replace your fearful thoughts with this mantra.

      This mantra does a couple of things. One thing it does is strengthen your faith in abundance. Another thing it does is help you surrender to guidance from the Universe.

      That surrender piece is a practice that I think will bring you great relief. Check out my SuperSoul Sessions talk on the 5 steps to spiritual surrender: https://gabbybernstein.com/new-blog-super-soul-sessions-talk-5-steps-spiritual-surrender/ I write out the steps in that blog post, so take that practice to heart and follow it. In my book The Universe Has Your Back, I say, “”When you think you’ve surrendered, surrender more.”” When we feel fearful or frantic, we attract more of that to us. Surrendering every day, and on a moment-to-moment basis, will help you to release that fear and strengthen your faith.

      I also suggest you check out 2 more blog posts to help you attract abundance:

      1. https://gabbybernstein.com/get-miracle-train-practice-creative-visualization/ << This post has guidance on an amazing practice called creative visualization. This is a very powerful form of meditation that helps you get into the *feeling* of what you want. Your feelings are what manifest your reality. It's safe to imagine abundance and let yourself feel very abundant. 2. https://gabbybernstein.com/key-attracting-want-appreciate-now/ << Check out this blog post to get into a habit of appreciation. This is another powerful way to raise your energetic vibration. I've given you a lot here, so don't let it overwhelm you. Take this one day, one moment, at a time. I'm sending you a lot of love.

  4. I am struggling! I can’t manifest what I need.my intuition tells to keep going but my ego don’tm I feel lost. Do you think that this practice will help me?

    1. Hi Viviana. Try the steps in this blog and commit to them for the next month. Know that even just a five minutes a day can add up to some big shifts for you. When that fear/ego energy comes up, acknowledge it like you did here and then pick one of the practices to help you return to love and trust.

  5. Wow! Fantastic blog for the journal! I love the way you do journalling and I found it helpful.
    So far I have received guidance from the universe and became a lot happier person even though I have Christian faith but it has released me from my past trauma I went through in my life. Your journal has changed my life Gabrielle.

  6. Hi Gabby,

    I bought the book and then my partner bought me the journal, but I think that the receipt was thrown away. We bought them here in Anchorage at Barns and Nobel. Will you please still send me the meditation?



  7. Hi Gabby! I’m really struggling with belief in myself and consistency when it comes to growing my business. Last year I purchased a planner that focused on goals and practice mindfulness. Is this book more for journaling than planning? I’ve tried looking up images of the inside pages but haven’t had much luck.

    Thank you so much!

  8. Ing-writing is one of the practices from Spirit Junkie that opened me up to a connection with the divine that I still foster to this day. Thank-you for being a light for all of us and for being a spiritual teacher.

    Lots of love,

  9. I would like to order some journals as Xmas presents for my friends. I can hand over the books to them. But how can they get access to the free meditation guide? If I send them the order number from amazon.co.uk , can they write the # number and get access?

    1. What a lovely gift Padma <3 Yes absolutely! You can give them the Amazon order # so they can sign up for the meditation gift. Big hugs to you!

  10. Thank you for sharing Gabby! Just wanted to write you today a BIG thank you from my heart to you and the light you have shined on my path <3 Thank you <3

  11. Gabby-I so admire you. I have set up a purposeful, mindful life for me that involves doing something physical (health), spiritual and helpful to others every day…or so.Its no perfect. I wonder what is your daily routine? From when you wake up…do you journal, yoga, meditate….Not specifically but intentionally, what is your daily deal? Thanks Gabby-you are one awesome, gorgeous inspiration!

    1. Awesome Christine! My days always include meditation, writing, some form of movement, and getting creative in the kitchen. Before I was pregnant, I loved jumping on my rebounder!

  12. Hi Gabby, I have my cards and my journal and the book. Thank you so much for this guidance. I love your message and I do listen to Abraham. Life just keeps getting better and better. Happy Thanksgiving, Love Tonya Vaughn

  13. Can we buy the meditation without having purchased the journal? My friend bought me the journal, but now I’m wanting the meditation. 🙂

  14. Gabby, Thank you for this!

    Journaling has been one of my favorite activities since middle school! Is your new journal available abroad? I live in Mexico, sounds like a great christmas present

    Meditating to music is pretty cool too and then it gets your emotional and creative juices flowing for the journal

    Reiki hugs,


    1. Awesome Regina! The journal is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I recommend reaching out to their customer service to see if it’s available to ship to Mexico. XOX

      1. Wonderful! Thank you! I will have a look

        And if you’re ever interested in teaching in Mexico, I would love to help you organize a conference or class. Huge fan and I am sure your work would go over very well here ❤️❤️❤️

        1. Hey Regina, I am Steffi from Germany. For over more than one year now my heart is telling me to go to Mexico and now I read that you’re living there. Do you maybe have some tipps for me? Everybody is telling me that its too risky to go there and I partly adapted this thinking but I still know that I need to go. Maybe we could connect via EMail? My adress is stefaniereiner@posteo.de. would be amazing to hear from you 🙂

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