You might notice in my articles, and in your sessions with me, that I tend to use the word ‘appreciation’ or ‘appreciate’ in place of the more commonly used ‘gratitude’ or ‘grateful’.
Reason for choosing appreciation
My reason for choosing appreciation is not simply one of semantics.
It has more to do with energy. There are subtle forces at play in any words we choose, as well as the emotion and feeling we associate with them.
Word-energy empowers you
Though gratitude itself is a virtue, there are times its use as a word can subtly imply that you’ve narrowly escaped something, usually negative in experience. Or that you’ve imagined something unpleasant and then changed your idea about it.
Either way, you may still have the energy of that false idea. Your body might at some level be holding an energy record of just the idea of avoiding something unpleasant.
To feel appreciation, on the other hand, means you are raising the value you hold for yourself, for others, or for anything. In its spiritual sense, appreciation signifies that you recognize life’s true worth.
If you have a ‘Gratitude Journal’, consider renaming it your ‘Appreciation Journal’. In it you can explore the sweetness of the idea of appreciation for life. Write in your journal, or mentally note, how your embracing of the vibration of appreciation changes your energy.
Using appreciation in relationships
If you don’t keep a journal, begin simply by appreciating yourself as you are in the moment. Appreciate all others around you. Appreciate your life, its simple joys and the difficulties that test and refine you.
And really stretch yourself to find something to appreciate about in those who may seem difficult to appreciate.
I’d love hearing in the comments, below, about how you tune into the subtle changes that occur both within and without that you discover from beginning to practice appreciation as a habit. These can be obvious results, such as noticing how your relationships improve.
And, just as importantly, this practice can positively affect the most important relationship in your life: your own relationship with yourself.