Hey. Remember that heatwave we had a few weeks back? Crazy, right? Made people a little bonkers, right? I guess bourgeois spiritual coaches were not immune.
One of Elena Brower’s “dearest friends” (check out some hot sexy verbal scissoring here), Bernstein is known for offering really weak pop-spirituality-lite for anyone who’s wanting nothing more than a little warm milky milky to make that big bad world go bye-bye, most of which is couched in a really unfortunate take on A Course in Miracles…
…proving once again that, yes, all things that are potentially cool will be ruined by some version of this:
Anyway, this summer the “Zen in the City” writer had some stellar advice for NYers wanting to “beat the heat,” as they say. Read the article here. There was the standard WTF? advice of having an “in-door barbecue” and something about why you should still find a way to workout(?!). The real clincher, however, came in the form of some stock “I’m a good person” BS that I’m sure made a whole cadre of sad people jizz their sad little sad pants.
“The summer heat can make everyone a little cranky. Instead of losing your cool every time you step outside the house, make a commitment to stay positive. Set yourself up to win each morning before you walk out the door by affirming that you intend to have a good day no matter what. Look in the mirror on the way out and say, ‘it’s going to be a good day.’ This moment of positive intention will energize you from the onset of your day.”
Let’s take a look at what this little piece of soft-sage advice is actually saying:
- There is not only a difference, but a better/worse scenario between feeling “cranky” and feeling “positive.”
- The feelings you encounter throughout any given day are actually the field upon which a competition is waged.
- To be cranky is to lose the competition. To “stay positive” is to “win.”
- Having a good day “no matter what” is a good thing.
- Telling yourself it is going to be a good day, has an effect on the day actually being good. You won’t just feel good. Your day will actually be good.
Sigh. There are about 456 different angles with which to tare this piece of buffoonery a new asshole, but I don’t have it in me to write another “Open Letter” to people like this. The truth is, people who take this duck-and-weave approach to feeling bad are really missing out. FEELINGS ARE DOORWAYS, PEOPLE. They are signposts leading you right back into your own self-creation, if you’ll allow them to just be. But, if you really want to know my take on this form of spiritual bypass, you can look back at last week’s piece on Elena Brower’s punitive measures to stop getting angry at her kid.
If you wanna skip that and get the sound bite, it reads like this: Gabrielle Bernstein is booooooooooring.