Whenever someone asks me what state I am from, I say "the great state of appreciation."
I often get quizzical looks.
What is appreciation?
It's the intention to live with gratitude in our daily life.
It's the conscious acknowledgement of the value within and around us.
It's the willingness to notice all that is good in our lives.
And it's the desire to experience all of life with this attitude.
Appreciation is where real pleasure comes from, and it is a dynamic magnetic energy that when activated and when really felt will bring bliss to your everyday life. The more you feel it, the more you create because that which you focus on will expand in your life. Universal Law does not budge on this point.
Underneath all positive emotions is the state of appreciation. Likewise, behind all negative emotions is some sort of dissatisfaction or fear. Here's a test: Do you consciously seek to enjoy the present moment, seeing value and worth and giving gratitude for what you already have, or do you look around at your life and constantly see everything that is missing? Understand that whichever state you are in, your attitude affects both your consciousness and your energy. You are either filtering everything through an awareness of abundance or of lack. And as mentioned previously, the energy you give is the energy you get.
We can't experience joy without appreciation. To shift from a state of dissatisfaction, discontentment, or fear to a state of appreciation requires a shift in perception. This means taking responsibility for your own happiness by harnessing your power of choice to cultivate your appreciation.
Search for things to be grateful for throughout your life and deep within yourself. Write them down in a notebook or journal. Big things. Little things. Do this in the morning when you arise and in the evening before you fall asleep. Your willingness and participation in this activity is part of your consciousness and energy production. Cherishing the simple things will magnetize an abundance of joy. Whenever you get lost in the stress of everyday life, read over this list to remind you of all that you have to be grateful for.
You can also use (or create your own) visualization techniques. Take a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind and imagine your problem (as a bird or a cloud or smoke) floating away to the Light for healing and transformation. Use whatever imagery feels best for you. As you continue to relax, think about something you appreciate. It could be a memory, a person, a place. Visualize all the details and immerse yourself in the center. Allow yourself to feel the peace and joy that this imagery brings. Stay with it and feel that resonance. As you do, you open your heart to receiving more.
When you live by filtering everything through a genuine sense of appreciation, you create a highly attractive vibration to which the Universe will respond. Your energy of gratitude will only attract more to appreciate in the future.
As you appreciate your life, the value of your life appreciates, too.