What is the very first thought in your mind as you wake up each morning? Is it “Thank you God for this morning!” or more like “Oh God…..is it morning already!?” Are you counting your blessings as you get ready for the day or are you stumbling to the shower bemoaning the extra sleep you didn’t get and the long list of ‘to dos’ awaiting you?
Before you protest with “I’m really not a morning person” – please hear me out. Your whole life will change for the better with one simple commitment to starting your day with the feeling of ‘appreciation’ instead of ‘obligation’. Need more motivation before that second cup of coffee? Read on!
Positive psychology studies have consistently found that grateful and appreciative people are happier and healthier than those who are not inclined to express those sentiments. So it isn’t that hard to believe that cranky and ungrateful people are less healthy than the rest of the population. But what if I told you there is actual scientific proof that the frequency of appreciation can be measured and that specific energy affects the well-being of humanity?
Does that idea sound a bit ‘out there’ to you? Allow me to introduce you to Dr. David Hawkins, the author of Power v. Force. Dr. Hawkins developed the Map of Consciousness, which is a scale of 1-1000 where anything, anyone, any idea that is, or has ever been, can be calibrated as to its level of truth or consciousness. You can read the book for the specifics, but what you need to know is that the frequency measurement of the consciousness of sadness, despair and helplessness are near the lowest end of the scale (around 30). The frequency of appreciation, unconditional love and joy are around 500. And the highest level of 1000 is a state of enlightenment and where spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Buddha and others ‘frequencies’ can be measured. The bad news is that humanity today is actually somewhere around the 200 mark on a consistent basis. Dr. Hawkins’ research indicates that only four tenths of one percent of the world’s population calibrates at 500 or above. But don’t despair! Here is where YOU come in! If you were simply in the state of ‘appreciation’ as much as possible…ONE individual calibrating at this level has the ability to offset the negativity of 750,000 people calibrating below the “current level of humanity of 200″ right now!
And if that wasn’t enough motivation, how about the fact that being in a state of ‘appreciation’ is a powerful component to the law of attraction that super charges your intentions to bring you more of what you want and less of what you don’t! Jack Canfield put it simply…. the Law of Attraction states that like attracts like. If you are grateful for what you already have, you will attract more for which you can be grateful!
Perhaps you already have a daily ‘gratitude practice’ but I’d like to encourage you to take it a step further by actually ‘being in a state of appreciation’ when you are thinking of what you’re grateful for. It is wonderful to acknowledge even simple things like ‘I am grateful for that first cup of coffee or tea in the morning’ for example, but really being present with the energy of appreciation will radiate out to a responsive universe. You can use this example with just about anything you feel gratitude and appreciation for:
I’m grateful for my morning cup of tea.
- Acknowledge the warmth of the teacup in your hands
- Take a moment to appreciate the aroma
- Delight in the taste of the first sip
- Appreciate the quiet before the ‘busy-ness’ begins
- Give thanks to God for another day of life
Do you see how the energy behind this ‘acknowledgement of appreciation’ can expand beyond ‘I’m grateful for my morning cup of tea’? It helps you to ‘connect’ to that energy vs. just acknowledging as something you are grateful for.
Other powerful methods of ‘being in the appreciation vibration’ are to write thank you notes on a consistent basis and to verbally acknowledge a specific action that someone did which had a positive impact on your life. Try incorporating the phrase ‘I get to’ instead of ‘I have to’ and see how that changes your perspective of your daily ‘to do’ list. Spend 10 minutes a day appreciating the world around you (and even your tiny apartment you were previously complaining about).
It’s my experience that when you give a ‘thank you’ to God with a sincere feeling of appreciation, the reply is often a generous ‘You’re welcome and there’s more where that came from!”