Appreciation Starts Now and Is In Every Breath
As an astrologer, I hear a lot of different people’s personal stories. Lately, a lot of my clients are very conscious people who are trying to achieve some particular goal in their life. It might be a new career, a new relationship, financial gains, healing, etc. They have done a lot of spiritual healing work on themselves. As we talk, I often hear the words “When will I achieve this? How much more healing do I need to do in order to receive this?” It’s as if they are constantly trying to get that carrot in front of them, but it keeps eluding them. They often fail to notice how much they have already achieved or just how great their life has already become. I hear tales of overcoming very traumatic childhoods or life events and the mere fact that they are not out in the streets homeless, or suffering from life-choking addictions somehow escapes their view.
Sure, it’s good to have goals, but we must also learn to appreciate every life experience and where we are RIGHT NOW. The astrology chart tells us what challenges we have had in life and most everyone has had quite a few. I am always amazed how much human beings can overcome and turn into something good. But yet, they can still feel like something is missing if they have not addressed their soul needs or purpose in this lifetime. That’s where astrology can assist the client. Astrology also shows us how life is cyclical and we cannot rush Divine timing. Every experience you have, good or bad, is a part of your soul contract (which to me is your birth chart). This contract is what your soul wanted to go through in this lifetime to learn certain lessons, to evolve. But yet, we are quick to dismiss the harder times or the times we must be patient and just be still.
Another piece I see often overlooked is just appreciating where you are at this moment and how much you have already learned. Our culture has such a competitive mindset which makes us constantly work harder to be better than our neighbor. Have more money, have a better partner, get that perfect job, travel to more places and so on. But soul evolution takes place when you are not competing, but when you are loving and giving. We cannot be loving and giving when we are competing out of fear. The race to achieve keeps us from seeing that which is before our very eyes.
Learn to appreciate each moment you have the breath of life. There is always something to appreciate there, even if it is just that you CAN take a breath. Stop and smell the roses. See the beauty in a sunset. Appreciate the green grass under your feet or the blue sky above. We must learn to appreciate those gifts that are given to us daily and when we do, we will start to feel very rich and happy with our lives. THAT is what will attract the abundance you seek. That is where your soul will evolve.
Here are a couple ideas to grow your appreciation of life:
1) Start a gratitude photo journal. Take one picture each day of something you appreciate and post it to an online album or make a scrapbook of Polaroids. Look back over a period of time and see how many gifts you have in your life.
2) Have your birth chart done and become aware of the gifts you were given. Become of aware of them so you can use them to help others. For they were entrusted to you so that you could develop them fully and share them with the world. Appreciate them. Appreciate your ability to use them. Appreciate how others benefit from them.
3) Just step outside one evening and look up at the stars. Marvel at how you are a tiny speck on a tiny planet in a huge galaxy whirling through the cosmos. You will begin to appreciate how precious your life is and how all your daily worries are so insignificant.
There is a full moon in Aries tonight as I write this, and from that, I know that November will be a time of energy, new starts, new relationships, and pursuit of passions. It may also be an irritating time, a more competitive time, and we may see more aggression in the world. We may be even busier than we are now. Try to make an effort to slow down at certain moments and take stock of what you have to appreciate! I appreciate each and every one of you and I appreciate that Conscious Shift magazine exists so we may all read about and benefit from each other’s gifts!