I found myself needing some me-time to process the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, and decided to kick back on my papasan chair with a book yesterday evening. I’ve been in the middle of a couple books for a while now (6 months? eek!)- Yoga, Youth and Reincarnation by Jess Stearn, which was gifted to me by a student, and Light on Life by BKS Iyengar. But when I looked at my bookshelf a different book popped out at me – The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan.
I had gotten this book as part of my summer Mantra Box subscription box, and frankly just wasn’t ever interested. I mean this whole “attitude of gratitude” thing is pretty prevalent in the yoga community, and what could there possibly be to say about it that you need an entire book to get across. It just seemed like sort of a waste of time. #nooffense I mean we all know that we should be grateful for the little things, right?
Anyways, I decided to open it up and in the blink of an eye I had zoomed through 50 plus pages. I found myself connecting very deeply with the book, and decided that there must be a reason my subconscious directed me to pick up that book on that day. It was time to make a change. I decided on page 53 (I still haven’t finished the book, but intend to very soon) that I would be making a change. I would find at least one thing every day to stop and be grateful for, and I will document these for at least one month both to keep me accountable, and to allow myself to have something beautiful to look back on. In the book, Janice commits to a year, and I’m sure I will keep it going that long, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I know myself well enough to know that I’m easily overwhelmed, and great at finding excuses.
I started an Instagram tag to document my gratitude diary – #brennasgratitudediary (follow me @brenskip). My first entry: Being grateful that this book came into my life – a much needed wake up call.