A couple years ago, I came across a man named Jesse Elder. He was a presenter in a symposium led by Ben Greenfield and while I cannot remember what drew me (Ben Greenfield is a well-known biohacker in the Paleo/Primal community, something that is just that side of too complicated for my tastes), what Mr. Elder had to say about fear led me to participate in two of his coaching programs. Long story short, one of the things that has stayed with me is the act of appreciation.
This concept wasn’t foreign to me. Years ago, while struggling to find a job, I learned about a book called 365 Thank Yous by John Kralik. The short synopsis is that he turned around the black hole that was his life through the simple act of expressing gratitude. I was so struck by it that I immediately started writing thank you notes to everyone. And while Mr. Kralik doesn’t go into it in the book, the act of gratitude and appreciation creates a distinct energetic shift that allows the good stuff to come to us.
Just like many people, I tend to forget how good I have it until it, whatever IT may be, is gone. I also know I can shift that tendency into active appreciation instead of using it as a knee jerk reaction to negative stimuli. So without further ado, here is MY Sunday Appreciation:
- I appreciate that there is birdsong, today, February 19th.
- I appreciate that it is nearly 50 degrees.
- I appreciate the quiet of the early morning.
- I appreciate that I can make decaf Bulletproof coffee.
- I appreciate that I live in a world where I have choices.
- I appreciate that there is a multitude of Paleo bloggers writing recipes so I don’t have to – here’s a great recipe for Simple Saag.
- I appreciate that I have not one but three jobs, two of which allow me to meet my and my child’s needs.
- I appreciate that my allopathic physician is just open-minded enough to hear what I have to say about certain supplements that are making a huge difference in my health.
- I appreciate that I’ve learned when to open my mouth and when to keep it shut.
- I appreciate you all.
Now I invite you to find your appreciation. Feel free to share in the comments. To paraphrase Mr. Elder, that which you appreciate appreciates. Have a lovely Sunday.