Let us start with a socially accepted definition of the word ‘appreciation’ from Merriam-Webster online dictionary:
Definition of appreciation
- 1a : a feeling or expression of admiration, approval, or gratitude I want to express my appreciation for all you've done. a small token of our appreciation b : judgment, evaluation; especially : a favo[u]rable critical estimate c : sensitive awareness; especially : recognition of aesthetic values a class in music appreciation
- 2: increase in value
["Appreciation." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 24 July 2017.]
Below is an ‘Appreciation Message’ to think about followed by ‘Appreciation Activities’ I made up years ago that continue to help me practice expressing Appreciation & Gratitude everyday.
I firmly believe that everything on this planet is made up of different amounts of energy [-/+], light + matter [mass].
Which means to me we are all various amounts of the same things…which in-turn means we are all one in the same.
I believe in the idea of Karma, the ‘butterfly effect’ and the ‘three-fold’ rule because of this idea that we are all one in the same. All three of these ideas are based on the basic idea that we are all connected and can affect ourselves as an effect of what we do to/with others.
How does Appreciation fit in?
Appreciation is an award we give ourselves and others.
Genuine Appreciation is what we show to boost energy levels in a positive way.
Whether we show Appreciation or just feel Appreciation toward another…I strongly believe they/it is affected by us flowing that positive energy.
If I am looking at someone and frowning, but I am thinking and feeling love/ appreciation… the person I am flowing the positive energy to will feel that…they might be confused by the frown…but they will feel my love and appreciation none-the-less.
If I am looking at someone and smiling, but I am thinking and feeling hate/disapproval… the person I am flowing the negative energy to will feel that…again, they will probably be confused or fearful of the smile…but they will definitely feel the hate/disapproval none-the-less.
We are extremely powerful beings.
We forget sometimes that we have the power to change the universe with a flick of our own personal energy switch…like flicking on a light in a dark room.
Appreciation Words are vital.
Genuine Appreciation at work has the power to affect the energy of whatever it is being focused on.
Example of Appreciation Power:
An angry woman stuck in her head thinking about something upsetting…replaying the sad or angry event over and over in her mind gets behind me in the supermarket check-out line. I drop my wallet right at her feet accidentally while digging through my handbag.
Still pissed off, she bends over and picks up my wallet and sort-of shoves it at me without thinking.
I look her directly in the eyes and smile and think to myself: you are beautiful! Thank you for bending over to pick up my wallet and for showing me kindness.
All I actually say is “thank you”
The angry woman is no longer angry in that moment no matter how hard she tries to be. She manages a half-smile and nods.
She only has a couple items and I have about twenty things.
I offer for her to go ahead of me in line.
Her energy increases that much more and I get a full smile.
She is no longer angry in that moment about whatever it is.
There is an immense [huge] amount of power within us all. We have the power, by showing just a little Appreciation, to completely alter the energy of another and thus make the world just that much better.
Appreciation in Action
Like Forgiveness, Appreciation has activities you can do.
You don’t have to organize a meeting to express Appreciation [or Forgiveness for that matter]… Meetings are just fun and social activities that add extra support when needed [required].
I have simple Appreciation Activities [exercises] I personally do on a daily basis that I believe empowers me and improves the lives of all those around me. There are three types of Appreciation Activities that you can begin to practice with- 1) Appreciating People, 2) Appreciating Living Things and 3) Appreciating Objects. There are more advanced Appreciation Activities however I will not discuss them here.
When I first subconsciously started doing these exercises I would actually sit somewhere public where lots of people would pass by me and position my body facing the walking path. Usually I would have a coffee or a book so that people would not think I was a wack-job [weirdo] just staring people down.
Randomly, I would look up from my book and look at whoever was passing me and find one thing about them that I liked that stood out to me.
So, an awkward middle-age man who was overweight, balding, looked a bit dishevelled and had a kind face with strong features… I would look at him and appreciate his kind face… which would lead to me appreciating his eyes and his facial features… As he passed I would flow him positive energy and maybe think a thought like “You are a kind, strong man. Thank you for being you.”
Without fail, you do this enough times you will start to see immediate changes in their energy… maybe even see them walking with their heads held a bit higher or a spring in their step.
It is a beautiful transition.
This takes practice. They might not feel it right away, but I guarantee after doing this a few times a week or every morning at the local coffee shop… people begin to show you a shift in their energy. Sometimes if you connect with the person you’re appreciating they will notice you, smile and maybe even start to chat with you about something. It is a nice feeling.
Appreciating Living Things
If you are not quite ready for the Appreciating People Activity you can try the Appreciating Living Things Activity by flowing appreciation and positive thoughts to plants and animals. This is great for people who might have social anxieties but are comfortable around critters and plants that don’t pose a threat.
Take a walk in a park and look at the trees that surround you. Look at the trunk of the tree and the leaves.
Is the tree great for climbing?
Does the tree have a beautiful shape or colour?
Think to yourself as you look at the tree: “You are a beautiful tree. Great for kids to climb and you offer shade from the hot sun. Thank you for growing so strong and tall and cleaning my air so I can breathe.”
NO ONE HAS TO KNOW YOU ARE DOING THIS EXERCISE...IN FACT, THEY SHOULD NOT KNOW YOU ARE DOING ANY OF THESE EXERCISES...IT IS NOT AN APPRECIATION 'SHOW'. IT IS A PERSONAL SHIFT OF ENERGY AND THOUGHTS.
I recommend starting off by practicing Appreciation Activities with objects first, especially if you have severe anxieties or have a hard time being social.
Sitting at home, school, or at work… look at your pen or pencil.
Does it write really nice?
Does it fit well in your hand?
Is it well designed?
Find something you really like about it and think those thoughts and flow it positive appreciation: “Thank you for writing so smoothly. What an awesome pen I have.”
Sounds super silly, but it is really good practice with something that does not react to you. So if reactions or attention from people/living things makes you uncomfortable, Object Appreciation is a great way to start.
Conclusion to this Jesus Loves Your History Appreciation Post
I appreciate you coming to the one and only www.jesuslovesyourhistory.com website and reading my article. I appreciate your interest and open-minded curiosity. You are welcome and loved. Appreciation is a two-way street and a positive healthy way to express your inner-power.
Enjoy it, embrace it and show it a little more whenever you can…because Genuine Appreciation feels good when the intentions are pure and when there are no hidden selfish motives damaging/weakening the connection.
Peace, Love & History,