My Daily Spiritual Practice

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One question I often get asked is, “What’s your daily spiritual practice?”

I can appreciate why this is such a common question. There are so many spiritual practices out there that it can feel daunting at times.

I think most of us can relate to this. We’ve all had times where we’ve thought, “Am I doing enough?” Or, “Am I doing this right?” Or, “How can I even fit all these things into my day?”

My daily spiritual practice

In this post I hope to offer some clarity by sharing my own daily spiritual practice. I’m psyched to share this with you! My intention is to show you the simplicity and joy of being on a spiritual path.

My daily spiritual practice goes something like this…

Morning affirmation

Gabby Bernstein meditating | Gabby Bernstein's spiritual practiceThe moment I wake up, I say an affirmation. This affirmation has changed over the years depending on what’s going on in my life.

My current affirmation is:

There is a way through every block.

I say this affirmation (which is one of Yogi Bhajan’s five sutras for the Aquarian Age) and then sit in stillness for a minute to let the words settle in. I turn to this affirmation whenever I need it throughout my day.

Morning meditation

For years I started my day with a meditation. But now that I’m breastfeeding my child first thing in the morning, I’m adjusting.

My 20-minute Transcendental Meditation practice is now part of my morning nursing routine. I turn off my phone, breastfeed my child and silently repeat my TM mantra. While this isn’t the traditional way to practice, it’s what works for me right now.

Meditating regularly is what matters

There are many ways to meditate and they’re all good. If you’re short on time, taking just a few minutes first thing in the morning to sit in stillness, pay attention to your breath or repeat an empowering mantra will transform the way you start your day.

Here is a simple mantra meditation you can practice each morning and anytime you need it:

You can also check out my beginner’s guide to meditation for more.

Praying throughout the day

All throughout the day, I pray. I’m always turning over my desires to the Universe and releasing the need to control. I ask for guidance, help and direction.

One prayer I love is:

I choose again.

I say this prayer often to call on my inner guidance system and choose love over fear.

Often my prayers are very conversational. Don’t be afraid to have a chat with spirit.

You might say something like, “Inner guide, I’m really freaking out about this work thing. I’m sick of feeling anxious and distracted. I’m turning over this worry to you. Thank you for helping me release this fear and thank you for guiding me to what I need. Show me what you’ve got.”

Afternoon meditation

Gabby Bernstein taking a walk | Gabby Bernstein's spiritual practiceIn the afternoon I sit for a 20-minute meditation that re-energizes me for the rest of the day! Instead of turning to coffee, I meditate.

If you think you don’t have time for a second meditation, I encourage you to give it a try and see what happens. I’ve found that meditation actually expands time by calming my nervous system and clearing my mind. When I come out of my meditation, I feel focused and refreshed.

Some days I’ll also take a long walk outdoors, connecting with nature and quieting my mind. Walking has been really important to me lately as I recover from postpartum anxiety. Moving my body and being outside helps me feel grounded and centered.

Evening prayers

When I sit down to dinner I pray with my family. We thank the Universe for all that we have, and we pray for friends and family members in need.

This moment of gratitude and appreciation is one of the best parts of my day, and it usually rounds out an evening that I’ve spent doing one of my favorite meditative practices: cooking!

Finally, before bed, I close the day with a prayer. I thank the Universe for another beautiful day and ask for a peaceful night’s sleep.

The benefits of having a spiritual practice

Daily prayer and meditation have been the foundation of my ritual for more than 15 years. I’ve found that there’s nothing more important than having a spiritual practice.

A daily spiritual practice offers you exactly what my morning mantra promises:

A way through every block.

My mission as a spiritual teacher is to help people strengthen their spiritual connection so they can move through life with ease and grace.

That’s why I created something to help you find your way through every block: the Miracle Membership.

How the Miracle Membership helps you create a daily spiritual practice you love

Miracle Membership by Gabby Bernstein
The Miracle Membership makes it really easy to have all the resources you need to stay consistent with your spiritual practice.

Think of it as your spiritual home base: In one place you can find guided meditations, podcast lessons, lecture videos, mantras and more to guide you each day.

A sample of what’s in the Miracle Membership

The moment you become a Miracle Member, you get access to 4+ years of content (and new content each month). Here’s a small sample of what you can find…
I am a divine vessel for love | Miracle Membership mantra

  • Want to focus on manifesting? Check out my “I Believe It, So I See It” podcast, the Vision Making Meditation, the Miracle Worker Meditation and much more.
  • Want a better relationship to your body? Practice the Body Freedom Meditation, listen to my podcast on how to have a healthy relationship to your body, watch my Body Love lecture and more.
  • Want more confidence? Try the Kundalini Meditation for Confidence, the podcast on how to make decisions with ease, the Limitless Power Meditation and my talk on how to live with fierce conviction!

This is just a small sampling of the content that’s always available to you as a Miracle Member.

There’s a lot more to explore. Click here to learn all about the Miracle Membership.

Stay flexible with your spiritual practice

Remember, being on a spiritual path is not about being perfect. Your commitment is what matters:

While I meditate and pray every day, there are other practices that I weave in when I need them…

For example, as I said above, walking is very important to me right now. Other times I will practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) once or twice each day, tapping on whatever issue I want to work through.

I often do Kundalini yoga and practice visualization techniques, and I like to free-write in my journal, letting my intuition come forward.

In any moment I can surrender to the powerful presence of love through prayer, contemplation and stillness. | Gabby Bernstein | The Universe Has Your Back card deckIt’s awesome to have a toolbox full of techniques. The more consistent you are with your spiritual practice, the more techniques and tools you have on hand when you need them. And when you stay spiritually connected, you feel good!

So remember to be flexible. Lay a foundation of spiritual practices you turn to each day, and then add what you need when you need it.

Now I want to hear from you!

What’s your daily spiritual practice, or what do you want it to be? Leave a comment and let me know.

I hope this serves you.

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  1. Gosh I needed to hear this. Spirit has been telling me through so many channels, when will I listen and take action! Consistency is my kryptonite (sp?!). I am open to creative possibilities including my manifesting consistent habits!! How about that 😉 thank you Gabby

  2. Hi Gabby,
    My daughter is now 2.5 years old, and I surprisingly found myself dealing with postpartum anxiety after her birth. It was at times debilitating. Today it is much better but still an ongoing issue that sometimes affects my relationships and ability to socialize. I used to have a strong spiritual practice and continuously struggle to get back in the groove. I’ll stick to a meditation routine for about a week at more, and then get completely sidetracked with life, and pretty much ignore the call to sit and meditate. I find myself saying screw it and binge on Netflix instead. Such opposite behavior from the person I was before mamahood. What tools do you use one your anxiety strikes? I worry I’ll never feel like my old self – relaxed, easygoing, happy, and full of life. Oh how I miss that woman.

    Thank you and best wishes on your journey as well.
    Love & Light
    Ildelisa Cartagena

    1. Ildelisa, I’m sending you a lot of love right now because I know how incredibly hard it is. The fact that you read this blog post and shared this comment tells me something big – you’re ready to feel better. Your comment is actually a prayer, asking the Universe for help. Now that you’ve asked for guidance, pay attention to it, because it will come in.

      Talking with a therapist may help you a lot. You can try this search to find someone who specializes in postpartum anxiety and depression – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/pregnancy-prenatal-postpartum. You can also get in touch with your insurance company or primary care doctor to find someone. I believe that the Universe works through people, and often those folks are therapists, doctors and other healers. Reaching out is a spiritually aligned action.

      When it comes to your spiritual practice, be very compassionate with yourself right now. You don’t need to force yourself to have an involved practice. Saying a simple prayer for help throughout the day may be what works for you right now. Sitting for a couple of minutes in stillness or doing a 5-minute yoga practice may be what works. Just be very kind to yourself. Maybe guided meditations will help you find your way back in – you can get my free guided meditation album at gabbybernstein.com/freemeditations. You can also check out my Miracle Membership (gabbybernstein.com/miraclemembership) for a way to stay consistent on your spiritual path.

      But above all, be very kind and compassionate toward yourself. I’m sending you a lot of love and light.

  3. Hello gabby
    I am trying soo hard to see this currently… ( praying and seeing a way trhough every block ). However, this month was full of unpredictable emergencies ( car dentist etc ) while managing job search/anxiety and finding myself. Now it put me so down i woke up with a beautifull new energy but then again .. a a sign on my car indicates me another problem… can’t afford it and need please a prayer that this is a mistake it will disappear tomorrow … i don’t want to sell it i work at minimum wage for 3 years for this car and just passed a day cleaning it today…
    please pray for me
    love thank you
    cynthia

    1. Showing up here and sharing is a beautiful sign that you are open to some big shifts. Continue to return to your spiritual practices and trust that the Universe has a great plan in store. You are in my healing prayers. <3

  4. Dear Gabby, thank you for this post! I have kind of a pragmatic maybe stupid question. You say you meditate during your morning nursing routine. I’m trying this myself with my 2 month old baby boy, however, finding it difficult because I cannot really relax my body and let go. Can you explain or maybe show a drawing/picture of your posture while breastfeeding? I’d love a spirit-junkie-momma-tip! <3

    1. Dear Gabby, you don’t have to post or answer my question. Every body and baby is different – I’ll figure it out myself how to sit comfortably : ) Still – I’d love a blog post about your spiritual practise / life with baby… Thank you for all your work

      1. Hi Alicia! Try focusing on your breath and saying the mantra “sat nam”. No need to close your eyes or sit any specific way. Just focus on your breath and mantra. Make it simple, doable, and nourishing. Sending you tons of love momma. XOX

  5. I love everything you inspire me to do. I struggle with consistency because of many things, mainly not getting out of my own way and making time for me. I have a goal this summer to get back on track and make it a life change for myself. I always feel so much better and I can feel the weight of the world and financial burden when I get out of this routine. I need to step out of the way and let the Universe take over. 🙂

    Thank you Gabby!

    1. YES Wendy! Writing your intention here is an amazing sign that you’re ready for some big shifts!

  6. I don’t go a day without a writing in my gratitude journal. It helps keep me grounded and centered. When I’m having a tough moment, I pick it up and either write something in it or flip through to remind myself of all the things I have to be grateful for. I also chat out loud to my spirit guide in the shower in the morning. It helps get my head right for the day and clear out whatever I have in there that may not be working for me.

  7. So good, Gabby! ❤️
    I honor your openness around adjusting as a new mom. Many of the women I work with feel defeat when they can’t stick to a ‘rigid’ practice. Morning breastfeeding meditations were some of my fave moments as a new mama! You’re amazing!

    <3
    Becca

  8. This post came at the perfect time for me.
    As I’m gaining more responsibility at work and taking on more charity work, I feel like I’m losing my footing and confidence. I need to reconnect to my spiritual practice, and this is a perfect reminder of getting back to that.

  9. Today I woke up early, and blasted an uplifting song, washed my face, put on workout clothes and drove to my favorite trail. Once I pulled into the parking lot I was feeling a little uneasy so I stoped and did a quick meditation. (Gabby’s Morning mediation from 2010! ) Then I put on a podcast and started moving my body ! Once I got home I showered and listened to positive interviews on YouTube . I would LOVE to continue this for the rest of the week , month, summer etc !!!

  10. Thank you for sharing. It’s a valuable reminder to set intention at the start of the day and to reset through the day, ending in gratitude. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the activities of mind that take us out of alignment, so we definitely have time to replace those those distractions with these affirming practices.

  11. I love to put on my oak meditation music in the morning and play a visualization in my minds eye of myself as a Greek Goddess in a perceived world of beauty and abundance. I chant the Sutra out loud Sat Chitz Ananda 108 times as I welcome in the day. It’s my dream world of calm centered peace. It has made a difference in my life.

  12. Hi Gabby, Thank You for reminding me about how important meditation is, I have forgotten how to seperate my life experiences of frustration by allowing meditation to be my way of connecting to my inner peace. I really appreciate you and thank you for being such a warm and inviting person. I will continue to follow-up with you . Again Thank You

  13. Thank you! Especially like these techniques that are simple but powerful. So easy to fit in to my daily routine.

  14. Love this post. Thank you so much for helping me to find my daily spiritual practice which I didn’t have until I discovered you a year ago

  15. Hi Gabby
    Thank you for your blog on your daily spiritual practices. It’s helped me sense whether I’m doing enough every day to stay connected to spirit.
    I know the importance of meditation and recently I have started the day with a guided meditation upon waking. However with 3 young kids and moving house over the last couple of weeks I’ve been finding myself ignoring the 5am wake up call and pushing snooze for another half hour. Then it’s time to get up and start school lunches etc.
    So now I am concentrating on getting back into the habit of meditating upon waking, however what I might do is start the day with an affirmation like yourself, then meditate at another time during my day.
    My aim is to develop my gifts in spirituality so I can pursue my dream to be a doula for the dying.

    1. This is awesome Carrie. It will feel great to find a groove that works just right for you. Big hugs! XOX

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