We’ve come to thought solution number four. In previous posts, we talked about the importance of paying attention to how we feel, using affirmations and visualizing to program our subconscious mind. Today, we are going to talk about the power of gratitude and appreciation.
Gratitude and appreciation are two slightly different feelings. A lot of the time, gratitude has built within itself the awareness of both the thing being thankful for and its absence as well. Appreciation is a bit higher and more playful. Each feeling is beneficial because both can bring you into alignment with the things you desire.
By appreciating something or feeling gratitude for having something in your life, you say YES to more of that and you invite other things that you may like and be grateful for as well. If you’re normally not in an appreciative or grateful state of mind, don’t worry. It’s much easier to practice and work at appreciating things than it is to visualize or repeat endless affirmations (that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them, silly). We all have things we can be grateful for and appreciate, no matter how small or insignificant.
Here are a couple of suggestions for raising your vibe, that will invite abundance and prosperity into your life:
1) Keep a gratitude journal
At the end of each day, you can sit down for 5-10 minutes and write down all the things you feel grateful for. Maybe its an neighbor that smiled at you in the elevator, a funny scene in a TV show that made you laugh so hard your stomach hurt, or maybe your precious little cat did something hilarious with a ball of yarn. Whatever it is that you can feel gratitude or appreciation for, just write it down.
2) Do a rampage of appreciation
This is a process taught in the Abraham-Hicks book Ask And It Is Given, and it’s exactly that – a RAMPAGE…of…APPRECIATION!
Start by making yourself comfortable and relaxed. Then find one thing in your environment that you like or that you might view in an appreciative manner. You might build a small positive story about that thing or move straight to the next thing. Say what you like about that thing, why you like it, what are its good qualities, why it feels so good, and so on. Once you get on a roll, it will be easier and easier to find good-feeling things to think about.
This is an excellent process that you can do while standing in line at the grocery store, while paying your bills (“When I pay my bills, I’m actually thanking the Universe for its services and asking for more”) if the bills don’t get you really depressed or while you’re simply sitting down and doing nothing. The main point is just going with the flow and feeling good about it. Do this 3 times a day for a couple of minutes and you’ll see an incredible change in yourself and in everything that surrounds you.
3) Tell someone you appreciate them and/or their impact on your life
The fastest way to get better-feeling relationships and the best way to improve current relationships is to appreciate the other person and, if possible, tell them that you do and why. Your appreciation opens things up, invites more good things in that relationship and what’s most important, that appreciation allows the good things in that relationship to be expressed and manifested.
So, will you do some appreciating today? I really hope so, because nothing will ever be the same! In a good way, of course
Stay tuned for the last thought solution…until then, APPRECIATE, APPRECIATE, APPRECIATE!!!
P.S. I really, really APPRECIATE YOU!!