Hello! When I started the gratitude journal, my hope was that at the end of each day I would reflect on the good. The good that I may be taking for granted. More than a month into the journal, I definitely notice that feeling grateful has become a practice. Some days, the gratitude is expressed in as simple an expression as it could have been worse (ha!) and at others, I feel filled to the brim with all the people, situations and things I am grateful for. It’s probably naive to write this, but wouldn’t it be awesome if a steady state was easily attainable? That we don’t go up and down in response to an outside situation or the mood or words of another person? All the spiritual teachings say that we can recognize this pattern of reacting and that a steady state is possible. If there were a million wooden steps leading up to that state, I feel like I am on the first step. So today, I am grateful to be on that step.
All is not always so serious however. On my visit to the local emporiums in Coimbatore, India (where I am visiting currently) I found these turbaned men (maybe Maharajas?) painted in the miniature style of Rajasthan. They looked dopey and interesting enough that I had to get one in every turban color. I have also been visiting temples both in the city, and outside. I am fascinated by the cultural and religious traditions and the architectural and sculptural treasures. Grateful for this opportunity to visit and see these marvelous creations! I haven’t visited in many years and it’s wonderful to rediscover this part of the world. To do so in comfort, and with family and friends, is another thing to be grateful for. I am grateful for dusty old-school emporiums with their promise of treasures in every corner. I love the different schools of miniature paintings and am always happy to find new subjects and styles. As I am out and about, I keep thinking I would love to work on a photo book on temple architecture or miniature painting or something similar. To visit more of these places, to photograph and capture them through my lens. (Definitely a Dear Universe letter!)
The best thing with writing these posts on gratitude is that I will start off trying to list (or find something) what I am grateful for, and then somewhere after the first few lines, like a well-oiled engine, the list starts to add up and I almost have to force myself to stop. It’s a good way to wrap up the day. If you have been thinking about a gratitude journal, stop thinking and start already!
This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. Have a wonderful day! – Priya