This year as you embark upon another list of resolutions, intentions, or even vowing to stay exactly the same; you may want to consider adding some type of daily reading into your life. In 1997 I was given a book called “Simple Abundance” by Sara Ban Breathnach. This was a reading each day with a quote on top and it came with a companion “Gratitude Journal.” I had never seen anything like this. It was one of those gifts that changed my life. I read that book every day for 2 years. The third year I found a companion book in the series. I followed every meditation she offered. It was in 1997 that I began the practice of gratitude. Fifteen years later I have fifteen journals full of my “gratefuls.” These books are ones that I cherish. There is even a Men’s Simple Abundance with articles written by Sting and Gary Zukov (just in case the original version is a bit too feminine for your taste).
Today I was at lunch with Katherine and some friends and as she went to pay, she pulled a book out of her purse. This was her daily meditation book. Hers was called “A Soul’s Companion.” Just the title sounded inspiring to me and reminded me to bring my daily meditations back into practice.
My point is this… Pick a book. It can be one that starts on January 1st or a book that has shorter chapters. Read something each day that inspires you to step outside your comfort zone, something that helps you get through the layers to find out who you are, something that makes you think. Below is a list of books that have inspired me. Please comment below to add your favorites. You can never have too many good books waiting to be read.
Simple Abundance by Sara Ban Breathnach (all variations are great)
In the Face of Fear compilation by Shambala Press
Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater (she has a daily meditation one and a chapter book; both great!)
A Life Worth Breathing by Max Strom