Living from the Heart Week 1: Appreciation

It’s a new beginning! This week at HOA, we begin our latest syllabus - Living from the Heart. This new course structure is designed for emotional self-mastery, using a framework that comprises the six heart virtues of appreciation, compassion, forgiveness, humility, understanding and valor. Regardless of who you were, are, or want to be, you are first and foremost a spiritual being composed of an energetic field that expresses the degree of your emotional mastery or lack thereof. Beneath this energetic field may await talents, such as healing, telepathy, potent intuitive insight, artistic genius, or influential teachings. These talents are precisely what the six heart virtues and Living from the Heart unlock and release, and constitute your highest purpose. 

We begin our 6-week syllabus with the virtue of Appreciation from August 5th - 11th, and we will learn how to express it in the form of gratitude. At a subtle energetic level, this virtue is focused on a specific awareness of a Higher Intelligence or a Divine Spirit that surrounds us and our fellow beings as a field of consciousness, and that this consciousness unifies us. If we are unified, it follows what we operate as a collective consciousness at some deeper level, and we share a common purpose that is richly textured, supremely vital, and yet mysterious, dynamic and uncertain. This belief shifts our focus from the small details of our personal life to the vision of our purpose as a species. When we take time to reflect on and appreciate our part in the greater whole, we understand that our individual frequencies travel far beyond our selves. When we understand the effect of our energy on those around us, we begin to take responsibility for the vibrations we emit. 

At a more practical level, gratitude is a vital component in the law of attraction. It raises our vibration and brings us into harmony with the energy of the universe. Gratitude is the quickest way to attract abundance and manifest desires into reality. In the words of Eckhart Tolle:

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,' that would suffice.” - Eckhart Tolle

We find that gratitude is best utilised liberally, for maximum impact! We may choose to write daily in a gratitude journal, or practise saying it directly (and frequently) to the people around us. While gratitude may be expressed quite simply, appreciation is a slightly more abstract concept in practice. We speak to HOA content creator Izzy about appreciation, and how she embodies it in her daily life: 

“To me, gratitude is an automatic response for when someone has done an act of service for me, but appreciation might not necessarily have a direct impetus. Appreciation requires the conscious awareness of something in itself, and the understanding of how it relates positively to the beings around it. For some reason I have always associated appreciation with moss. Not only because they’re often overlooked and under appreciated by regular people, but because of their role in monitoring the health of our ecosystem. Moss don’t have roots, so their nutritional requirements are met by nutrients deposited from the atmosphere. Changes in the distributions of mosses are thus an early-warning signal of serious effects of atmospheric pollution. They’re such tiny organisms but they can make such a significant impact on our lives, and I really appreciate that! If we stay curious, we shall surely discover more instances of interconnectivity amongst all living beings. We will start seeing the bigger picture, and begin to deeply appreciate our place in the Universe.” - Izzy Liyana

Come practice appreciation with us and feel its transformative resonance on your life. Book your spots today

Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA