Joyful Living

The Universe Has Your Back

The Universe Has Your Back

I love books whose message stays with me long after I put my Kindle down. I recently finished a book that did just that, so of course I had to share.

The Universe Has Your Back is a wonderful, easy, and thoughtful read by bestselling author Gabby Bernstein.

I have to admit, the book had me from page one. In the introduction, Gabby talks about how she was peacefully enjoying a yoga class when all of the sudden she was hit with a panic attack.

At first she thought there something physically wrong with her. But after all medical exams came back fine, she realized there was something spiritually off with her.


One of the things I love about this book is that Gabby didn’t have a spiritual crisis when her whole world was falling apart.


There are so many great books that deal with that topic. Instead, she speaks of coming to a spiritual correction when things were humming along pretty well.

I think many of us can relate. I know I certainly can.

It’s that we’ve come to accept stress, worry, anxiousness, and self-doubt as the norm- just a current state we are all living in. And not just that, but we must adapt to that state and learn to thrive in it. You know the saying, “The struggle is real.”

Or maybe it’s not.

Maybe as the author suggests, there is more to life then just making it through the workweek and holding on until the next vacation.


Instead, The Universe (insert God, Higher Power, whatever word works in your life) is working with you.


It’s guiding you toward more joy, happiness, and peace. It wants you to experience exactly what you were put on this earth to do.

All you have to do is let go and trust that The Universe will guide you.

While it may seem a “little out” there to some, it’s presented in a way that really resonated with me. And clearly many others, because the book is a New York Times best seller.

At the end of the day, all these worries, comparisons, and pressure aren’t helping us shape the life into the one we are meant to lead, it is trapping us in a life we are putting up with, and at times just flat out dreading.

The book provides some great writing exercises to help the reader understand what fears or issues are holding them back.


For me, the biggest take away is that each of us is enough, just as we are.


You don’t have to wait until (insert whatever) happens, or is achieved.

Right now, in this moment, we are all 100% complete.

It’s helped me drop my need to just will my way through each day, and instead sit back and enjoy the ride.