Thank you for joining me on this episode of The Eclectic Soul Podcast. Today, we talk about gratitude and appreciation. While they are not exactly the same thing, they are both foundational elements of a deep spiritual practice. I cannot imagine not be appreciative and grateful on a daily basis.
- Dictionary.com defines gratitude as: the quality or feeling of being grateful or appreciative.
- Dictionary.com defines appreciation as: gratitude; thankful recognition. But it’s the second definition of appreciation that really interests me: the act of estimating the quality of things and giving them their proper value. So, appreciation can be thought of as seeing things as they really are.
- Abe-Hicks teaches that gratitude and appreciation are similar but slightly different. Appreciation is the vibration of love, while gratitude carries with it a bit of the struggle that we overcame to get where we are. They explain it very well in this video on youtube.
- I mentioned Blab and my new friend, Bronywn Clee. Blab.im is a new live streaming platform that allows for more interaction than Periscope. I am totally addicted to Blab! I haven’t hosted a Blab yet, but I plan to get into it more in the near future. Bronwyn recently hosted a Blab called Is Gratitude a Noun or a Verb? in which she talked about DOING gratitude, rather than just writing about it in your journal. Good stuff!
- Reported in Harvard Health Publications — Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier.
Meister Eckhart was a 13th century German theologian, philosopher, and mystic. I think he was a very wise man to say such a thing! Feel free to pin the above image, or share it on Facebook or Instagram — or anywhere else you can think of!
The Lab Assignment for this episode is easy: Rate your overall, average mood for the past three days. Then, adopt an appreciation & gratitude practice for the next seven days. Each evening, make a list of five to seven things you are appreciative or grateful for. Go a bit deeper and write a sentence or two about why you are appreciative for each item on your list. Try not to repeat any item. At the end of seven days, take stock of your overall mood again. I’d love to hear if it has changed! Either leave a comment on the show notes or drop me an email.
Don’t forgive the book giveaway! I’ll be giving away a copy of Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map. (Have I mentioned it’s one of my favorite books?) Be sure to listen until the end of the episode to find out how you can enter to win!
As always, thank you for joining me.