In simple terms, appreciation is feeling grateful for what one has. It's easy for most of us to feel appreciative when things are going our way to be thankful for our health, family, and the ability to live in this great country. Many would also agree that it's not so easy to be thankful in the midst of hardship or chaos. However, difficult times are when the practice of appreciation, like the practice of yoga actually begins. Despite whats going on around you, we can all set a conscious intention to be more appreciative and in doing so, elevate your life and the lives of those around you. There are four ways we can practice the "art of appreciation."
1. Daily gratitude practice: Make time daily to reflect on how grateful you are for your life, family, health and children.
2. In times of difficulty, trauma, or even disaster consciously pause and note just one small thing to appreciate about that situation.
3. Become a master appreciator: Letting others know that we appreciate them is a powerful connector. Whether it's someone in our family, a coworker or an acquaintance, make time to notice something that you appreciate about them and then let them know. This does not have to be complex and awkward, the simpler the thought the better, but a little bit of gratitude can go a long way in building relationships.
4. Practice receiving gratitude: When someone gives you an appreciation, allow yourself a moment to fully receive their sentiment, internalize it, and notice how the energy in your body goes up. Rather than deflecting it, say thank you and enjoy!