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Book Review: Spirit Junkie - Geek Turned Athlete

Book Review: Spirit Junkie

Leah, from Open Sky, emailed me the end of August asking me if I would like to do a book review for Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein. She included this tidbit about the author: ‘She is a next generation guru, motivational speaker, life coach and best selling author.  In a feature on her in the August issue of ELLE Magazine they say “So long, Carrie Bradshaw- there’s a new role model for go-getting thirty somethings.  Gabrielle Bernstein is dolling out inner peace and self-love for the postmodern spiritual set.'”

I agreed because I thought the title sounded interesting, and I was a huge Sex in the City fan. How was Gabrielle going to be so different from my Carrie? Hmmm.

It turns out, she is VERY different. Gabrielle went into detail about her challenges with drugs and unhealthy relationships. Although, I’ve never had a drug problem, I could definitely relate to the toxic relationships. She talked about how she overcame these obstacles when she picked up the book, A Course in Miracles.  I wasn’t really fond of the introduction since it seemed like babbling to me, BUT the rest of the book is profound. Or maybe, my attitude just changed throughout the course of the book?  I really ended up liking it. A. LOT. In fact, I mailed it to my sister yesterday so she could read it.

Truthfully, I’ve been sort of in a funk lately. I don’t know if it was just stress from work plus Ironman training combined with lack of sleep or what. I hate having a negative attitude, and I knew I was the only one who could change it. Sometimes, everyone just needs a little reminding that they are awesome, you know?

Although this book doesn’t really talk about fitness, you could apply many of the same principles. One example is forgiveness. She talks about forgiving yourself for your past mistakes otherwise they will keep eating away at you! I have problems with this one, and I know I need to work on it. I can’t keep punishing myself for the workouts that just didn’t happen. All i can do is move forward, and get done what I can, right? Everyone can use that!

She touches on fear a lot in the book.  It definitely outlined a way for me to deal with anxiety and my “fear of failing.” I know a lot of you also deal with this, and this book might be something for you to think about.

She also talked about meditation. I know I don’t talk about yoga a lot on the blog, but I love it. I even attend group meditation sessions (for like 30 people) when I have the time. It reminded me that I REALLY feel good after I meditate. My mind is clear, and I feel like a million pounds have been lifted off of my shoulders. Yet, I cannot remember the last time I meditated. Yikes. Someone whose mind is aways going a million miles an hour NEEDS to meditate at least a few times a week.

Anyway, if you are looking for a good read for colder winter nights that are creeping up on us, this is your book. 🙂

Have any of you read this book? What did you think?


Are you reading any good books now??  Do you have any suggestions? All I was reading before this book was about asbestos, lead, and mold because of my job!

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  • Axel November 4, 2011, 9:28 am

    “Someone whose mind is aways going a million miles an hour NEEDS to meditate at least a few times a week.” This is exactly why I’ve never gotten the hang of meditation – my mind can never stop long enough to do it. Plus I notice itches I need to scratch when I’m supposed to be still. Is there a trick you use?
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    • Nicole November 4, 2011, 10:03 am

      haha. Unfortunately no trick. It is hard to calm my mind down too, I’m not going to lie. I just focus on my breathing. I think the ability to meditate is something similar to the mental power you use to push through those hard workouts/races. It needs to be strengthened, and it isn’t something that is going to happen overnight especially for us!!

      • Nicole November 5, 2011, 10:36 am

        Also, you might want to look into guided meditations. You can get some itunes. They are VERY helpful in calming your mind and giving you a purpose during your meditations.

        • Axel November 5, 2011, 1:10 pm

          That’s a great tip! I always forget to check iTunes/Youtube for help with things…
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  • GetSkinnyGoVegan November 5, 2011, 7:31 pm


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