“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” A Course in Miracles
I’m a huge fan of Danielle Laporte. (Note to self: Write up Desire Map review.) So when DeeLaP (that’s what all her friends call her, right?) recommended Gabrielle Bernstein’s May Cause Miracles, I had to jump at the book. I was looking for something to work through. I am at a point in my life where I can fall prey to anxiety and overwhelm, but at the same time I feel like the things that are happening in my life are magical and methodical. So, yeah. I have room for more miracles in my life.
I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the book once I got it. I flipped through and thought, “Uh oh. This feels kinda woo-woo.” And, as touchy-feely-all-about-feelings as I am, I don’t appreciate out-right woo-woo. I typically don’t like the God/Universe/~ish/Higher Power lump either. So I had to make the decision to edit as I was reading and note-taking. That really helped. Otherwise, I just put my judgment aside and decided to jump in with both feet.
I am so glad I did.
The basic premise (which sounds basic but is so hard to implement) is that in every situation, you have two options: to see love or to see fear. To see an obstacle or to see an opportunity. Choosing fear creates all kinds of negative emotions. Choosing love (or sometimes I interchange love with grace) creates peace and connects us to God (however you define God), our internal truth, and the world around us.
Something she wrote early on smacked me in the face something fierce. She writes about the importance of self-love and self-acceptance as an altruistic measure. She says that by showing love and acceptance to ourselves, we create an internal environment that leads to projecting love and acceptance to the world around us. How can we expect to be successful members of a well-functioning society when we aren’t able to be kind to ourselves? I can’t tell you how far my stomach dropped when I read that. So it isn’t realistic for me to expect that I can best help others when I have a negative self-talk loop in my head, is it? That called me to the carpet and made total sense to me. I will be better able to help others become focused and peaceful as I become focused and peaceful. Wow. Boom.
And that is just the groundwork for working through daily projects. Each morning starts with a daily reflection and affirmation. I set an alarm on my phone for every two hours throughout the day to remind me of my daily affirmation. In the evening, there are some follow-up questions and an evening meditation. (Again, I am not woo-woo and I am enjoying these.)
The daily tasks are organized in weekly topics: identify fear, self-love, food/body image, relationships, finances, and being a miracle worker in the world. I have just started the relationships chapter, but am already looking forward to going back and spending more time in the body image material when I complete the program.
Because I feel this book is so challenging, I knew right away that I wanted to use it as the text in a group coaching setting, but I wasn’t sure at what point. I thought I would at least finish the book first. But as I started thinking what I wanted to do for a Lent challenge, this book just kept creeping back up. It challenges your perception of the world, both internal and external. It encourages connection to whatever version of God/Universe/Higher Power/~ing you identify with (if any at all). It is just very well suited for Lent.
So that’s what I’m doing over at Committed Coaching. It shakes out like this:
- Challengers will work through May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein as a group. You will be able to discuss and work through the book on a private facebook page, which I will moderate and participate in.
- You will receive a weekly reflections newsletter to tie up the end of each section of the book (on Sundays). I will offer additional insights and challenges on each topic in the book (general outlook, self-talk, body image, relationships, finances, serving others).
- You will receive a printable to track your progress on your Lenten promise. (It is designed by my sweet friend Retta and it is bee-you-tee-full.)
- Those registering for the full experience will receive frequent texts from me (3-4 times a week, if not more often) to hold you accountable to your Lenten promise, to process any feelings uncovered by the text, and to provide feedback on the reflections.
Details of the challenge:
- The challenge will begin on February 13th and end on March 31.
- Registration will close February 11 to allow time for us to discuss your Lenten promise.
- You will be required to purchase May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein (it is currently $12.99 at Amazon). I will not be sending the affirmations, reflections, or meditations from the book in any format. This is like the text book for a class. One that you will really have to read. You will need to have your book in hand and ready to roll on February 17.
- I am limiting the number of participants in this challenge to promote positive life fit for me. The challenge may close before February 11 if the course is full, so register early.
- The cost of the full challenge is $150. This is the typical cost of my accountability coaching alone for six weeks, to which you are additionally receiving newsletters, group interactions, and a printable.
- The reflection/printable/facebook only option for $75. You will not receive accountability coaching. Fill out the registration form below and I will invoice you through PayPal. Please let me know what questions you have. I look forward to working through Lent with you.
Feel free to comment here with any questions. You can click here to register.
I am so excited about this. And excited to watch my friends grow. And to check off days on the beautiful printable. Good times all around!