Four levels of appreciation of you
There are four levels of appreciation that I want to discuss. Firstly, there is someone showing your appreciation. Secondly, there is you showing appreciation to someone or something. Thirdly, there is self-appreciation and fourthly there is appreciation to and from Spirit.
When someone shows you appreciation for whatever you are or have achieved it always feels good and sometimes it feels great, especially if they are someone you admire. You smile both inside and outside and you probably have good reason to do so. However, be aware that an external appreciator may have their own motivations for showing you such appreciation. Additionally, they can also reverse their appreciation and criticise you and, once again, they may have their own reasons for doing so. Putting too much store in treasuring such external appreciation places your emotional well being in someone else’s hands and that is usually not advisable to do. It is nice when it happens but keep your eyes open as to their motivation as well.
Whenever possible show appreciation to people and other beings such as animals and the like. Additionally show appreciation for other things such as Nature, beauty, food, and the myriad of other things you come across each day. Showing such sincere appreciation is a form of giving and not only do the other people or things feel good but you feel good about your appreciation of them too. Such appreciation is an emotional win: win and happiness and joy usually follows and lingers for a while with you and with them.
Self-appreciation is something few people practice sincerely. They may be ego-based immodest and boastful to others about their achievements but few people congratulate themselves for being or doing something they are proud of. Conversely, many people are self- critical and bring themselves down emotionally.
Self-appreciation begins with being rather than doing. Being a good person one can be proud of in being caring, kind, respectful, considerate, polite and other well-meaning things to yourself and to others. Self-appreciation is also based on doing and achieving your selected goals for a period of time you have set yourself to accomplish these tasks.Self-congratulations are something most people shy away from thinking and expressing to themselves.
You can look yourself in the eye in the privacy of your bathroom and congratulate yourself as you smile into the mirror and the mirror smiles back in appreciation of you. You can begin the day by greeting yourself in the mirror with a smile on your lips and be thankful for the day ahead where you have the opportunity to be and do things to be proud of for your evening session in front of your mirror. That evening smile at yourself and tell yourself “I am proud of you……. (your name) for …………………. (whatever you did that made you proud).
Self-appreciation is heading you in the direction of happiness, joy and on the road to bliss.
Spirit appreciation, now this is where the rubber meets the road in appreciation! Being appreciative to your soul, your Higher Self and your Higher Power is the high road to bliss. Appreciating everything you have, you are and you aspire to be and knowing that it is achievable if you harmoniously align your soul, your Higher Self and your High Power by being love in every way possible will ensure you know bliss.