The Challenge: Day 25

Perhaps you have seen Add More ~ing To Your Life on a bookshelf at Barnes & Noble or in your iBooks catalog. The cover features a petite blonde standing on a skateboard in the middle of Times Square wearing angel wings. It was the first book written by Gabrielle Bernstein back in 2010 and it was a total game changer for me.

The message of this pivotal book is to bring an active lifestyle to the forefront of your mind and associate physical activity with positive thinking. Running, jumping, writing, and meditating are all powerful forces for bringing fresh oxygen into the blood. Couple that with a focused mind on things like envisioning dreams, forgiving those that have hurt us or simply an attitude of gratitude. With authentic intentions and real effort, this can be pretty powerful stuff.

My sister gave me the book when I was in the midst of a terrible breakup and struggling to get past all of the hurt and pain. I can tell you, without a doubt, that book was instrumental in guiding me to focus my mind and body on positive thinking and, ultimately, the road to new beginnings. �Grow through it� was one of my favorite mantras of that chapter in my life.

I was thrilled to see Gabrielle speak live for the first time this past weekend. She talked about some of her favorite tools in navigating life and referenced personal experiences. A Course in Miracles is at the heart of her teachings and she is able to make the philosophical components of it relevant and real. There are so many great nuggets that I was able to take away and I hope to share all of these teachings with you over time.

When thinking about this article, my mind immediately went to "the challenge" that Gabrielle presented to all of us in attendance at the West Hollywood studio. She challenged us to set aside five minutes per day for 40 days straight to sit in stillness and just breathe. Essentially, a morning moment to set the intention for the day. This might sound a little hippie-dippy to you, but it doesn't have to be ridiculous. I'm not saying that you have to sit cross-legged with wind chime music or chanting in the background. I'm not against any of that, but I also realize that the stereotypical quiet time is associated with some weird stuff. Get past your initial judgment and just trust me on this.

You might think you don’t have five minutes to simply turn off life in the morning and I hear you. I'm not a morning person and this is going to be tough for me, too. But if you really want to see how life can transform through the power of listening, you need to make the time. We can't be ready to receive miracles if we don't have the lenses to see those miracles. The best way to prepare yourself to receive miracle moments is to open your eyes and ears in the stillness. The noise of this world can drown out so much goodness and it’s up to you to make the time to turn it off, even if just for five minutes.

I'm not going to outline this week's challenge steps because you know what you need to do. It's up to you to make it happen.

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