The virtue of Appreciation

HOA Online on May 13th presents Gong Meditation on the virtue of Appreciation. 

In times of uncertainty it may be easy for us to fall into the trap of fear and anxiety. Most notably, we may develop a fear of lack which leads us to feeling anxious about the future. We may worry about losing our loved ones or losing our livelihood. We may resist the (temporary) loss of freedom, or worry that our lives would never return to “normal.” We may grieve for the way things used to be, or grieve for future plans that may never happen. When we feel heavy with the burden of our worries, we must remember that we can always make space between our thoughts and our Self. With a shift in perspective, we can liberate ourself from the heavy feelings that weigh us down at the moment. 

Appreciation constitutes one of the Six Heart Virtues that guide us toward emotional mastery. Taking the time to appreciate what we have can ground us into the present moment and help us process the fear-based thought constructs that have us convinced of a perceived lack. Appreciation when expressed as 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. 

In the words of Eckhart Tolle, 

“Acknowledging the good you already have in your life is the foundation of all Abundance.” 

Take a look around you. If you have a roof over your head and food on the table, you are so blessed. If you live in a country with no war, if you’re safe from harm on any given day, you are so blessed. If you have your health, and you have clothes to wear, and friends to call, you are so blessed. Give thanks, and let the Gratitude fill up your heart. Remember that you are loved, and you have so much to give. Expand this energy outward into the Universe, calling in all the blessings that you are deserving of. 

At a subtle energetic level, the Virtue of Appreciation is focused on a specific awareness of a Higher Intelligence or a Divine Spirit that surrounds us and our fellow beings as a unified field of consciousness. If we are unified, it follows that 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. We can begin to take responsibility for the vibrations we emit and the effects it has on world around us. 

During this challenging time, we can do our part for humanity by emitting the vibration of Love. Practicing Appreciation and Gratitude enables us to open our heart and shine our light unto the World. 

Don’t forget to log on to HOA Online to tune into your energetic heart with the sounds of the Gong.

Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA