Smile – Day 19 – You can stop suffering fast through appreciation.
How are you doing appreciating??
By now if you’ve been diligent this is becoming habitual for you.
This could be the time when the routine becomes rote, and monotonous, so watch out for that.
Keep it fresh, make sure your goal is to FEEL DEEP GRATITUDE each day.
Remember, do the 3 steps today:
1 – Appreciate with feeling by picturing in your mind, 2 – appreciate in action by smiling and verbalizing throughout the day, and 3 – appreciate in writing in your journal at the end of each day
We are on a rampage of appreciation this month!
We are bombarding our mind with thoughts of gratitude, and I am certain that if you have been diligent with this your life has felt even more sunny and more happy this month.
I’d love to hear your experiences…please email me and share, or post on them in the TAL Mastermind group.
And keep up the appreciating! You can do it and your life is so much better off for it.
Now for some more inspiration:
“Men imagine thought can be kept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit, and habit solidifies into circumstance.
Beautiful thoughts of all kinds crystallize into habits of grace and kindliness, which solidify into genial and sunny circumstances.” – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh
Thoughts of gratitude and appreciation are among the most beautiful thoughts.
And according to James Allen, the natural byproducts of crystallizing your appreciation into habit, are ‘genial and sunny circumstances’.
I believe that’s true.
The more we focus on appreciation the more we attract to ourselves to appreciate.
Doesn’t mean that we’ll never experience difficult circumstances…everything happens for a reason and for our benefit and growth somehow.
But the tendency when your predominant thoughts are appreciation, is to attract much happier circumstances over time.
But what if we are currently in painful circumstances, can we be grateful even then?
In his book ‘The science of enlightenment’, Shinzen Young describes the formula “Pain times resistance equals suffering.”
An important reality in life to remember is this:
Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
With appreciation we leave the realm of resistance.
When we express gratitude in writing, even for our pains, we can end our suffering.
Remember the formula: Pain X Resistance = Suffering
You can’t always control Pain.
But you can control resistance.
If resistance = ZERO and you multiply that by huge pain, you get ZERO suffering.
That is how you can find joy even in pain.
Certainly suffering has it’s place, if we are feeling it, it is teaching us something about our self and showing us where we can still ‘let go’ and stop resisting.
But as soon as we stop resisting, our suffering can go away.
The fastest way to end resistance is through appreciation.
Gratitude and Resistance are not compatible energies.
I’ll leave you with one more crucial point on this from James Allen:
“Suffering is always the effect of wrong thought in some direction. It is an indication that the individual is out of harmony with himself, with the Law of his being.”
The sole and supreme use of suffering is to purify, to burn out all that is useless and impure. Suffering ceases for him who is pure. There could be no object in burning gold after the dross had been removed, and perfectly pure and enlightened being could not suffer.” – James Allen, As a man thinketh
So really, we don’t even need to resist suffering…because it clearly has its purpose in our life.
It is there to purify us…and with that knowledge, we can appreciate even the suffering.
But that doesn’t mean we need to remain there.
Once we see ourselves more clearly, and move to appreciation and away from resistance, we can end our suffering and move forth in life.
So keep on appreciating!
And if you find yourself suffering, just start the appreciation ball rolling on the smallest thing you can think of…and let it snowball from there.
Eventually you may feel grateful for the suffering, but don’t start there.
Start with the fact that you are breathing or something that basic and believable.
Make Today Amazing!