Topic: An Attitude of Gratitude...
"Appreciation is a powerfully magnetic energy that helps you see the wider picture faster. As you appreciate, you see more and understand more. On an energy level, it brings intuitive breakthroughs and helps you realize God is within you. Appreciation magnetizes you to the Universal flow. When you sincerely appreciate what you have in life, you magnetize more of your heart's desires. Mathematically speaking, if people spent half as much time appreciating what they have as they do complaining about what they don't have, life would have to get better." -- Sara Paddison in The Hidden Power of the Heart: Discovering an Unlimited Source of Intelligence
"When you thank God in advance for that which you choose to experience in your reality, you, in effect, acknowledge that it is there - in effect. Thankfulness is thus the most powerful statement to God; an affirmation that even before you ask, I have answered. Therefore never supplicate, Appreciate." -- Neale Donald Walsch in Conversations with God, Book 1
"If the only prayer you ever said was 'Thank You',
that would be enough"
-- Meister Eckhart
Having an attitude of gratitude will change your life! Literally and figuratively. In fact, from the "Prosperity from the Inside- Out" perspective, gratitude and appreciation are the most transformative energies that are available to us.
Inspired Actions You Can Take to Amplify Your Gratitude:
A. Gratitude Journal
Oprah Winfrey has remarked that keeping a gratitude journal has been the single most impactful thing that she has ever done. The practice is deceptively simple yet remarkably powerful.
At the end of the day, before you nod off, take a few moments to write five things that you are thankful for from that day. Sarah Ban Breathnach (who first challenged Oprah to create a gratitude journal) explains, "As you focus on the abundance rather than the lack in your life, you will be designing a wonderful new blueprint for the future. This sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work, transforming your dreams into reality."
Try it for yourself for 30 days and watch the shifts (inner and outer) show up in your life. ;-)
B. The Appreciation Game
The Law of Attraction guarantees that we will draw toward us the equivalent of what we are sending out. Today, make a game of finding positive aspects of the people, opportunities and events in your life. Begin the game by stating 'What I like about _____ is....' and let your imagination run wild.
The benefits of this game are three-fold.
1) You shift the energy around the thing that you are appreciating in an upward spiral and, as a result, you'll draw a higher form of whatever you are appreciating right back to you.
2) You'll gain practice and will strengthen your 'appreciating' muscles.
3) You'll simply feel better -- and that energy will translate into other areas of your life.
C. Thank You Notes
We are all so accustomed to communicating quickly via email that we seem to have lost touch with the art of truly 'touching' another person.
~ Consider sending a card or letter through the mail to truly 'touch' someone you care about.
~ Look for reasons to send thank you cards and 'thank you' emails. If you look for reasons you'll certainly find them.
~ Take a moment to add a special PS (even to your email notes) to let the recipient know how appreciative you are to have them in your life. Begin your list with: I appreciate you because...
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