What Book Changed Your Life? favorite_border

Yoga Girl Daily - August 20th 2020

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Thankful Thursday, Gratitude

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

Books are powerful.

Just by reading words on paper, you can transport yourself to different realities, learn new opinions - or even change your life.

What life-altering book has cracked your heart open?

Tune in to anchor yourself into gratitude for the author who wrote it, the words that moved you, and the journey you’ve been on since.


[01:15] Welcome to Yoga Girl Daily, happy Thursday, and welcome to our gratitude practice of this week. Every single Thursday, we take a moment to anchor into the practice of thankfulness and today, or this week, I actually have a really specific, actionable gratitude practice for you. And I love it when we can actually take our gratitude and do something with it. Today I want you to take a moment to connect with a book that has changed your life. So, 2020 for a lot of people was the year we started reading more than we normally did. Of course, we've had more time on our hands. We're also navigating really challenging things. Many of us are turning to books for inspiration, for guidance, for help, for support, or maybe just to starve off some boredom, which is okay too.

[02:10] Today I want you to take a moment to yourself, to anchor into and really feel into your heart for one specific book that you can really sense has changed your life. Maybe a book that has changed your life this year, maybe the book that you feel has been the most helpful for you in terms of navigating the challenges that 2020 has brought us. For me, I know exactly what book I have in mind. I am dedicating my gratitude practice today to Women Who Run with the Wolves written by the amazing Clarissa Pinkola Estés. And this is just a book that actually, I've had this book for a long time. I picked up the book years ago, and then for some reason, I've never made it past the first couple of chapters. And I know now it's because I didn't need this book until just now, 2020 was the year for me to fully read Women Who Run with the Wolves.

[03:05] This book is changing my life every day. It's like, and I have this ritual now where I read a couple of chapters or a chapter right before bed. I brew a cup of tea and I sit in bed and I just read. And it's one of those moments that I just savour, I long for all evening, because it's giving me, it's giving me something that is already present inside of me. You guys know that feeling when you're reading something and it's like, you know already, you know, it's like, you're reading it, but it's not for the first time. It's that kind of book that triggers the wisdom that I already have inside. And it's awakening something primal and wild and beautiful inside of me. So, I'm so grateful for this book. I want you to take a moment today to anchor into that, contemplate, which book is it for you that really has changed your life, or that has been specifically helpful for you this year?

[03:55] Take a moment to really anchor into that gratitude practice. Maybe if you're comfortable with this, you can even write your gratitude down in this book. I'm the kind of person who loves to doodle and underline and highlight things as I go. I know some people are really particular about their books and doesn't even like it if a corner is folded down or anything like that. So, you can do this, of course, in your journal as well. But I love the idea of passing a book on, maybe to my daughter one day or to a friend in the future, and them being able to connect to my gratitude for that book as well. So, do that some shape or form either by journaling or writing it down in the actual book, maybe one of the blank pages in the end or in the beginning. And then if you feel inspired, why not send the author of this book that you've chosen some gratitude directly, right?

[04:45] So, a lot of authors these days are present on social media. You can take a moment to find them on Instagram, on Facebook. A lot of authors have like little fan groups and things on Facebook as well. You can probably find their website and their email. And the point is not, you know, knowing that they're going to read your words because chances are maybe they won't, especially if it's a very famous author, but maybe they will. It's like, you don't know if that DM is going to be that one DM that they opened today, or maybe they do read all of their emails, right? We never know. I have authored two books in my life and I cannot really explain the feeling of opening a DM or an email of someone having taken the time to write me that one of my books made an impact on their lives.

[05:26] That has turned my day around more times than I can count. So without, you know, having that end goal in sight, having to be the author actually reading what you wrote, just sending that gratitude out into the ether, like from your heart to theirs, anchoring into that vibration of gratitude, it is going to get to them. I promise you that. Whether they read your actual words or not. So, take a moment to shoot them a few lines of just how much you appreciate their work, how much this book means to you and know that that gratitude is going to come right back around your way. So, uh, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, if you are listening to this. Oh my God. I just had a little like fan girly moment. Can you imagine, I love your work. I love this book. Thank you so much for writing it. To everyone listening, I hope you enjoy your day of gratitude. Maybe this is a sign for you to start re-reading that book. We know every time we pick a book up, no matter how many times we read it before we always find another new little gem waiting for us to discover in there. Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. Yoga Girl Daily will be back tomorrow.

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