Life’s magic bullet.
It’s hard to believe that there is such a thing, but I believe there is. This concept is often seen as a magical way to cure something, solve a mystery or a new wonder drug, it’s often used more like a fantasy. However there is one real magic bullet we can use to increase all levels of life enhancement.
Life’s magic bullet is utterly simple, beautiful, & while known to some or even many, it’s gift is tragically underutilized & greatly marginalized in enhancing life. What is this magic bullet?
Gratitude, which is worthy to be elevated & capitalized. So important to the healing of the individual & even the entire human race. It’s the most simple, elegant, important life tool we have. Let’s add to this Appreciation as well. Appreciation & Gratitude can seem to be the same thing & they are for the most part.
It’s not for special events, holidays like Thanksgiving or Christmas any more. It’s for all of the time.
Gratitude is the killer of suffering & unhappiness. It’s the healthy habit & it’s addictive in a wonderful & beneficial way.
I tend to see Gratitude as the enticing promise that truly delivers & Appreciation as Gratitude sustained long term. That is why I came up with the term Master Appreciators
Gratitude is so simple & wonderful but, it’s underrated by most. If you are feeling down on any level, starting a Gratitude Journal can immediately bring you uP & keep you upward in your happiness level in a way that is not artificial but always authentic. It can be a miracle saver. I see 3 basic but simple levels of Gratitude.
Level 1) Starting to practice Gratitude on a regular basis. Starting with a Gratitude journal with the most simple, small things that make you feel good. Example: Sunshine, a good meal, wagging tail of your dog, a purring kitty, the smile of a loved one, laughter. Anything that gives you joy, uPlift, inspiration, and beauty. The list is endless. Start with any small thing or things you can, and work your way uP to more!
Level 2) Gratitude becomes the reminder tool when things turn sour, frustrating etc. Now you are using it, not only as a daily practice, you learn to mindfully & consciously use it to replace (but not suppress) frustrations, disruptions, upsets etc. We can feel those feelings, for however long we deem appropriate, but we don’t have to stay there! We move into Gratitude. This second stage is where we are integrating it more often, & taking advantage of it. We also begin to see & use Gratitude when things don’t seem to work out, because we start to understand that they are actually gifts. See also: Negative thoughts
Level 3) We start to move from Gratitude to Appreciation! We have benefited sooo very much from the life enhancing benefits of Gratitude that we are feeling it’s effects a lot more. An example for me is that I will feel good for no apparent reason. This is where Gratitude moves into longer term sustain-ment or Appreciation. “What you Appreciate, Appreciates!”
Now you move into what I term Master Appreciators
where you live in deep Gratitude & Appreciation for very long periods of time. We never beat ourselves up or get down on ourselves if we don’t constantly feel it. Even bad feelings can feel good. It feels good to be sad when our kitty or dog dies. Our sadness honors our love for them. Our waterfalling tears are streams of love remembered & honored.
Don’t marginalize or forget the healing power of Gratitude & Appreciation. They, along with Compassion, are just dripping & oozing with absolutely super brilliant, ultra exponential, potential for individual and planetary transformation. Exploit them in glorious abundant gratuitous advantageous celebration!
Even if we do this imperfectly, we have compassion on ourselves & others. Then, we move back into it as best we can.
Certainly in great moments of emotional or physical pain, Gratitude & Appreciation can be & seem very challenging. Let’s be honest here, let’s not sugar coat over life’s harsher realities. Here we simply do the best we can, asking others for help in those trying times. Our past Gratitudinal energies can come together in the form of people, friends, or events that come to help & care for us, & thus we can start to move back into our Gratitude.
Thus we learn & remember to:
Free fall into Gratitude & Appreciation and never fear the consequences!
Has Gratitude & Appreciation helped you in your life? Do you think Gratitude & Appreciation are Life enhancers or just spiritual fluff with little impact? Share your thoughts, feed back, & experiences here by commenting below.
Lastly, I felt very angel inspired when I wrote Master Appreciators & you can really feel the depth & love of this concept by reading & clicking here:Master Appreciators