Appreciation uplifts both the giver and receiver.
A smile is an appreciation. A gentle touch or hug conveys loving appreciation. Encouraging words appreciate a person's potential. Giving shows we care.
Appreciation is part of a process that uplifts our energy and clarifies our thoughts:
1. Supplication - asking for guidance by using our own words or set prayers.
2. Meditation - being still in body, which is conducive to the settling of the turbulent waters of issues in the mind - confusion falling away so that the voice of our conscience can be heard.
3. Appreciation - caring, thankful, and loving thoughts, which in turn energize our body.
4. Application - putting the inner guidance of our conscience into action.
Appreciation goes forth through our thoughts, words, actions, and returns the same instant as uplifted energy in our body and mind. Appreciation is consciousness awakening - consciousness of love awakening.
No matter what our age, we are students of life till we learn how to appreciate and preserve harmony in our life.
To maintain control in our lives we must harmonize for the best resolve in each situation, regardless of temptation for personal gratification. We become masters of our destiny when we consistently act on what is best for all concerned.
We master our destiny, able to enjoy ongoing contentment, by living in accord with the highest good of which we are aware.
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Article by Susan Helene Kramer; photo of The Netherlands by Stan Schaap
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