Start Your School Year Off Right In Just Three Steps
by Gabby Bernstein
Starting a new school year can bring up tons of funky stuff. It can be tough to settle in to a fresh curriculum, situate yourself in a new living space and reignite friendships after several months apart. When all this change occurs at once, life can feel a bit overwhelming.
Rather than succumb to the stresses of the school year, I’m offering up a new approach. My name is Gabrielle Bernstein, and I’m a self-help book author and inspirational speaker – and I’m here to help you – and your kids – bring happy back to school!
Start the school year right with these three steps. When you apply these simple suggestions to your life, you’ll set yourself up to have a rockin’ time in and out of the classroom. So brush your shoulders off and get ready to get happy!
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1. Don’t pack your resentments. It’s likely that you ended the previous school year with some interpersonal issues. Maybe you had a break-up or a tiff with a friend. Or possibly you’re hanging on to a resentment toward a teacher who pissed you off. Carrying this past resentment into the new school year will totally screw up your flow. To start this new year with a clean slate, let’s practice the F word. Yup, that’s right – let’s throw down some serious forgiveness! Get conscious of who you’re resenting and become willing to see things differently. The slightest willingness is all you need to ignite the forgiveness practice. For the first 30 days of school, simply start your day with a prayer for the person you’ve been resenting. Say out loud to yourself, “I am willing to forgive you and release you.” Taking this simple action seriously will make a massive difference when you reignite these relationships.
2. Ditch gossip. One of the greatest tools for bringing happy back is to stop gossiping. When we talk about others, we lower our energy. Gossip feels good for about ten minutes. Then (whether you realize it or not) an unconscious guilt sets in. The truth is that we all are kind, loving people – we just sometimes forget. By letting go of gossip we reconnect to the loving part of ourselves that is compassionate and accepting. Recalibrate your love energy by choosing to change your ways. For the next 30 days, commit to NO MORE GOSSIP. Change the subject if someone else starts gossiping, or politely excuse yourself from the conversation. Breaking this pattern may be tough at first, so take it slow. If you slip up, that’s okay. Just start up again and do your best to let go of gossip.
3. Get your Zen on! Maintaining your summer serenity may require a little guidance. This is where I come in! This week I launch my new book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles and the re-issue of my first book Add More ~Ing To Your Life. As part of my kick-off – and your new school year – I’ve created an awesome Zen early-bird special.
Buy a copy of my new book Spirit Junkie and get three free gifts from me!
– 2 Free audio Meditations
– 1 Free lecture audio
– 1 Free Video
Get your Zen on with this special, limited-time package!
This September, start your school year with a great attitude and tons of positive energy. Your internal thoughts and actions inform your outside reality — so forgive, stop the gossip and get into the Zen groove. Your whole world will reflect your happy inner state and you’ll be on the path to an awesome school year.
GABRIELLE BERNSTEIN has been labeled by the New York Times as the next-generation guru. A motivational speaker, life coach, and author, she is expanding the lexicon for the seekers of today and tomorrow. She gives talks and leads seminars throughout the country, is on the Forbes list of the 20 Best Branded Women, and has been featured in media outlets such as Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, Self, CNN, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the Wall Street Journal. She can be seen riding around the East Village in New York City on a unicycle.
RIFers! Do you have kids going back to school now? What are the challenges they’re facing? What are they excited about? How are YOU doing in all this? We hope Gabby’s tips are helpful and hope you’ll share with your kids. Leave a comment below with your thoughts!