2019 hasn’t been a great year for me but it also sounds like it hasn’t been for a lot of other people, too. I’ve been having a lot of meaningful conversations with friends lately about the way of the world and how to best manifest positivity and good energy when things don’t seem to be going your way.
I’m not a person that is super into mercury in retrograde or astrological signs but I have, of late, begun to believe more in the power of manifesting your destiny. I got great practice at doing this when I first made the leap into self employment but it has been a while since I’ve been thinking lots along these lines.
After taking away a lot from reading Zen & the Art of Happiness, I proceeded to pick up Gabby Bernstein’s book The Universe Has Your Back and I’m enjoying the way the two books reinforce the power of manifestations. Manifestation has to do with how things appear in our lives. And so much of these things are related to our perceptions and our projections. Think things are never going to get better? They probably won’t. Because your mind is giving you direction that says things keep getting worse. You’ll begin to perceive every bit of bad news or any small negativity in your life as a manifestation of the belief that things will never get better.
I’m finding it such a challenging – but beneficial – exercise to begin working to train my mind into understanding and believing that everything that happens in life comes at the appointment time. Even with bad news, I’m working to train my mind into the belief that these “bad” things are good things in disguise. It’s a constant tug of war to work towards thinking that we have power over how we interpret certain events.
Being someone that struggles with anxiety, this is a very hard to muscle to flex. Thinking positively vs. “this is news I’ll never recover from” or “this is the beginning of the end” is tough. Anxious, dooms-day thinking is where my brain wants to go immediately. But I’ve been working hard at interpreting things in a more positive light. Working on recognizing that things happen for a reason – even if we don’t yet know what it is. Put more simply, it is what Gabby Bernstein refers to as “transforming fear into faith.” It is asking yourself “what good will come of this” and working towards understanding everything happens for our own benefit.
So, how have I been using all of this info from the books I’ve been reading? I’ve been focusing on positivity and consistently reminding myself everything happens for a reason. As Gabby points out, “energy flows where your attention goes” and I so agree with this. It’s why I think habits, routines and focusing on the most important things on your to do list are of the utmost importance when you feel life is a bit out of control. Gabby notes in her book “when you focus on the positive stories, you raise your energy, elevate your presence and even boost your immune system to keep you feeling physically strong.” Nothing great every happened to the people idling, right?
Furthermore, I’ve been using my takeaways from these books as a means of jumping off points to great conversations with friends as mentioned above. I love seeing where these teachings take our discussions and it has been a great lesson to see how focusing on positivity vs. negativity can lift everyone up. These books have also inspired me to really get my hustle back and it’s led to a very full calendar, but also lots of rewarding meetings and discussions. I’ve also enjoyed putting some of these manifestations and affirmations into my Five Minute Journal which serves as a good daily practice in reminding myself of all there is to be grateful for and what I’m looking to get out of each day.
Do you believe in manifestations? Do you practice them?
In unrelated news, I haven’t loved Madewell’s new arrivals this much in years I don’t think? The Spring drop is so good. I rounded up some of my favorites here: