When you live with gratitude and appreciation, you live on a higher vibrational scale. Your energetic frequency is high. And, this can do wonders for your well being, your health and your ability to live in-joy. However, it’s not as good as it gets. You can discover how to overcome gratitude 😉 . To do this, one must count your blessings and live in a state of feeling really blessed in living the life you are guided to have. Here’s my belief:
Gratitude, typically, involves being thankful for something you now have that you didn’t once have. So, by definition, it is about overcoming something you once had in your life that you did not want. Vibrationally, this frequency is high and that’s good. But, the energy behind it has a hint of lack in it. Here’s an example: “I’m so grateful that I am able to take that vacation I once dreamed of.”It’s good, right? But, behind it is the energy of once not having the ability to do this.
Appreciation, as a word, is very much the same as Gratitude but doesn’t come with the lack feeling. “I appreciate the variety of foods I have to nurture my body.” You can exchange gratitude in that sentence. But, the energy behind the word ‘appreciation’ vibrates just a little higher. It doesn’t have that part of having to overcome something within it and therefore being appreciative is a higher emotion to have.
In the book, Ask and it is Given, Abraham describes the emotional guidance scale. It discusses how you can work at feeling a ‘little better’ by choosing an emotion that is just above the one you are feeling at the moment. At the top of the emotional scale are joy, appreciation, freedom, love. Living in this space is one that allows you to live in-joy at all moments. (And, Love, is certainly the highest vibration of all.)
It goes beyond gratitude and appreciation. When I was young, I was always told to count my blessings. But, I was told this in a way that came from a place of lack. Now, when I count my blessings. I count them from a bless of pure wonderment that I have the very thing that I am feeling blessed for in my life. The fresh delightful peach I just ate. The view from writing this post. I am truly blessed to be able to have the choices that I have in my life. I am truly blessed to be able to choose to live in-joy at any given moment. And this comes not from a place of lack. This comes not from a place of gratitude that I am doing this now versus that then. And not from a place of appreciation of all that I have in my life. It comes from a place of feeling really blessed to be living the life I have.
I scratched my gratitude journal that so many empowerment guru’s suggest. It IS a great place to start on this journey so if you are just beginning to move into a place of living in-joy. Use one daily if not hourly! But, to truly move into a place where you can count your blessings, use a blessing bowl at night! <—just hit the link to see what I mean.