Category: Ann & The Angels Written by Ann Albers
My dear friends, we love you so very much,
As you enter your busy holiday season, pause every now and then for moments of pure appreciation. Take a few seconds here and there to stop and give thanks for life's simply pleasures. Enjoy a shaft of sunlight as it filters through your windows in the morning, the scent of fresh coffee or tea, a snuggle with your beloved animals, a moment of connection as you look into the eyes of a total stranger. Admire the smoothness of you dishes, the softness of your towels, the strength of the engine that powers your car, the beautiful blue sky, and the air that you breathe.
At random times, pick something random to appreciate and then repeat something like this – either out loud or in the privacy of your own mind. Try to deeply feel the appreciation as you do
I give thanks for this moment.
I give thanks for this <whatever you are appreciating>.
I give thanks for all the hands and hearts that contributed to this moment and brought this thing into my life.
I give thanks for the Spirit of love within me that is connecting to the Spirit of love in this object, in this moment.
I give thanks for the Spirit of Love that lives and breathes in me now.
Then, take a few slow breaths as you appreciate the object, the moment, and your own ability to appreciate. Feel this feeling of love and appreciation expanding within you. Imagine it fills every cell of your body, and expands outward as a beautiful light, radiating from you and blessing all who are near. Imagine it radiating outward, encircling your globe and touching all open hearts with the loving glow of appreciation.
Just breathe in this beautiful light for a few seconds.
This simply exercise which takes less than a few minutes throughout your day can change your life. If you could see what happens to your energy in this space of appreciation, you would be awestruck with the beauty you create in such moments. You shift your focus into a higher vibration where only light can be present in your aura. The energetic vortices of your cells open to this radiance like flowers blossoming and receiving sunlight. In a single moment of appreciation you instantly tune into the vibrations of well-being, happiness, peace, contentment, joy, and love. Love loves to witness itself in all forms!
We live in this glow of appreciation for you. We appreciate your incredible love and courage, your willingness to be the midwives of a new reality upon your planet earth. We appreciate your commitment to love and care for yourselves, to follow the guidance of your heart, and above all, to be the shining beacons of love that you truly are. Your very being, when connected to love and appreciation opens you to a light that can now filter in greater measure into the collective consciousness of humanity. You are all such an important and integral part of creation. In every moment, no matter what you think about yourselves, we honor and appreciate you.
God Bless You! We love you so very much.
-- The Angels
A friend once joked with me after I said once again, "Oh this is my favorite" for the umpteenth time that everything was my favorite! While that was a bit of exaggeration, I do have a habit of saying, "This is my favorite," way more often that I realized. My favorite season is the one I'm in. My favorite foods are often the ones I'm eating that day. My favorite plant in the garden is the one I'm admiring in the moment. I have a gazillion favorite songs, many favorite colors, and more favorite places than I could count. Perhaps dealing with death every day in my work makes me appreciate so many of life's little magic moments.
Many times when I'm talking to someone in spirit they'll share a simple moment from their life on earth that was of great importance to their soul. One sweet mother in spirit showed me a picture of a pink grapefruit half in a china teacup. Her daughter, to whom I was talking, told me this was her mother's breakfast every morning. After death, mom realized that the love and appreciation she felt every morning for this beautiful fruit in this beautiful tea cup, inspired such a magnificent vibration of appreciation, love, and joy that she set out into her day emanating good feelings and love for life. Her daughter confirmed that all who met her felt uplifted by her positive, cheerful attitude. Something so simple, when blessed by appreciation, became so impactful.
It is very human to wait for the bigger things in life to appear before we'll let ourselves be happy, but as the angels like to say, "Simple pleasures are life's treasures," or stated differently, our appreciation for the simple pleasures opens us up to life's greater treasures.
Moments of appreciation have changed my life. Years ago I was having a tough month. I had more home repairs than I could juggle, people were being uppity or not calling me back, and I was exhausted. I prayed for a shift in attitude. As I was praying, I wandered without thinking into the yard and over to the one rose that was blooming that day. Still praying, I leaned over, without thought, to smell the rose.
Its perfumed expanded into my lungs. Its sweetness soothed my soul. Its softness against my face reminded me that life still had tenderness to offer. In that instant I became aware of all that was good, beautiful, and true in my life. I appreciated the scent, the texture of the petals, the beauty of that one radiant flower growing amidst thorns. I felt the angels remind me that I could bloom amidst thorns too. In that one moment of appreciation and grace, everything changed within me. Of course, the external world starters to mirror my new vibration immediately. Repair folks called me back within hours. I felt compassion for the ones who had been uppity. New energy flooded my body. It only took a few seconds to recalibrate to a higher vibe and a happier life.
One moment of true appreciation is a moment of pure connection to the Source of all life, whose presence can be most easily felt in these moments of love.
When we're faced with challenges we all strive to "fix" things in the outer world. We agonize over what "to do," when in truth the easiest solutions are presented when focus on who we want "to be" – a person in connection with the Source of all answers, all love, all solutions, all grace, ease, joy, and the essence of everything you've ever wanted in your life. Happily this connection is more easily found than we might imagine. One pure moment of appreciation can plug you in.
Here are a few pointers to help you bask in the glow of appreciation..
1. Start in bed
The moment you wake up, train yourself to find at least three things to appreciate before you even move. It can be anything, but it must be genuine. Perhaps you love the warm covers or soft sheets. Perhaps you can think of someone who is a blessing in your life. Inhale deeply and appreciate your breath. Appreciate another day of life. Appreciate your partner or your pet. Anything you can genuinely appreciate, no matter how small, will elevate your vibe. See if you can expand that feeling of appreciation within you.
2. Actively Appreciate throughout the day
Start to look at the things you use every day. Appreciate them. Love your dishes, your silverware, your breakfast, the water flowing from your sink, your coat, electricity, cars, you name it. Anytime you think of it, stop and look for something to genuinely appreciate. Take a few seconds thinking about why you love a person, place, object, or situation. Bask in the feeling and expanding it outward.
3. Appreciate Yourself
This exercise may be challenging if you were raised not to "toot your own horn" or if you fear being "egotistical." It may take some willpower if you weren't validated or affirmed as a child. Nonetheless, you can do it! It just takes practice. Remind yourself that true self-appreciation is an acknowledgment of the Divine spark within. When you appreciate the good in you, you are appreciating the God in you.
Before going to sleep, think of at least three things that you appreciate about yourself. Perhaps you were kind to someone. Maybe you let someone get in front of you in traffic. Maybe you breathed with patience, and avoided a retort when someone tried was unpleasant. Maybe you prayed for someone you don't even know. Maybe you're a good cook, a great parent, a lover of animals, a great mechanic, or one of a million other things you could be good at.
After a while you can learn to appreciate many things about yourself. Do this little exercise of self-love and appreciation right before sleep and you'll set the tone for a better night and a kinder morning.
Sometimes it seems tough to find a higher vibe when the external world is putting out loud low vibrations, but it is not nearly as hard as we think.
We simply have to train ourselves to find one small thing to appreciate, and with that genuine, loving focus, we tune ourselves into the highest vibration of all and the Source of all Love, assistance, grace, guidance, and goodness.
Love you all!
Ann Albers and The Angels
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