Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
We are inundated this time of year with the word gratitude…and that’s a good thing because gratitude is a transformative practice.
But today I want to talk about the power of appreciation…gratitude’s less hyped kissing cousin.
the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.
Appreciation allows us to both recognize and ENJOY the good qualities of life and the world around us…and when we do so, our energy shifts…and when our energy shifts we can live our joy more fully every day, no matter what other circumstances surround us.
So to activate the power of appreciation in your life, I am inviting you to join me in the #dailypda 21 day challenge!
Here’s a short one-minute video of me sharing what it’s all about – and why it’s so important:
What does #dailypda stand for?
Well, daily public display of APPRECIATION of course!
Here’s how it works:
Kicking off on December 1st, I’m going to lead by example by sharing at least one “moment of appreciation” with the hashtag #dailypda each day on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and I invite you to do the same!
It’s a little different than just sharing things you’re grateful for, as I invite you to open your awareness to not only what’s floating around in your head but for the actual physical evidence showing up in the world around you.
And rather than just sharing the broad areas of appreciation, I want you to focus on those single moments…so for example, you might share a pic of your backyard with the hashtag #dailypda and the caption would be “I appreciate that moment standing in the sunshine in my backyard when I watched 2 squirrels jump wildly from the telephone wire to the sycamore tree #dailypda”
Click to tweet>> Life is made up of little moments; focus on ones that light you up to attract more of the same. ~@SabrinaBolin bit.ly/dailypda <<Click to tweet
We wrap it up on December 21st, which is the New Moon and a potent time to focus your energy on what you want to create in your life…and it will be so much easier to do so from a space of being open and appreciative now that you’ve built in this new way of seeing the world around you.
So join me by entering your info below:
But “why, Sabrina…why?” Here are a few answers to your potential “why’s” :).
Why moments of appreciation – why not just a gratitude list?
Our brains tend to generalize out…when asked how we’re doing, we often reply with “it’s a good day, or it’s been a rough day,” our mind summarizing the overall shade of that day’s experience.
However, when we hone in on those magical moments – those little mini-movies that we call memories, we can often shift a rough day to good and even a good day to great.
And from that singular point of focus, the brain will generalize out again and our memories become reconsolidated so that we begin to see our lives and the Universe working FOR us rather than against us.
Why public displays of appreciation – why not just journal around this?
When you share your moments with those around you it does several things:
*it lifts them up and encourages them to seek out moments of their own!
*it gives you a public record of what lights you up in your life; naysayers might say that this is just one side of the story, that it’s a polyanna approach to the challenges we face on a day to day basis. But it’s time for a little loving truth bomb: you are not your story. You are the creator of your story, so why not choose a better version and know that no matter where you are now, EVERYTHING is changing.
*it keeps you accountable to consistency; transformation can happen in a moment, but lasting change is the result of consistent habits.
Why now – it’s already so cray cray with the holidays upon us!
Well, I believe now is the only real time there is (no really, THIS moment right now exists in reality – everything else is in our big, beautiful minds!).
But if we’re going to play with the linear concept of time for a moment, where days on the calendar do exist, then the other reason I chose now is because it’s so easy to forget about “being thankful” after the Thanksgiving buzz wears off.
And my work is all about helping you to create consistent thought habits – no matter what’s going on in the outside world.
So I invite you to join me on this FUN challenge by entering your name and email below, so I can send you loving check-ins a couple of times a week along with other insightful and inspiring reminders to reconnect you to the big WHY.
As a BONUS, I’m giving away a copy of Russ Harris’ book “The Happiness Trap,” one of my fave resources with actionable exercises to teach you how to defuse the energy from unhelpful thoughts so that you can infuse them into what you appreciate and what you want to create more of in your life.
To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is enter your info and then you’ll gain an entry into the drawing with each tweet, instagram post, or facebook post that you share with the hashtag #dailypda (tag @sabrinabolin on Twitter, @thesabrinabolin on Instagram, and www.facebook.com/sabrinabolin/ on Facebook so I don’t miss your shares!).
We officially kick-off on December 1st, so sign up today, and I look forward to supporting and celebrating your #dailypda with you on this journey!
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