In this guided meditation, we explore connecting with, feeling, and expressing appreciation.
In appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred. ~ Fred Rogers
On one level, appreciation might seem synonymous with thankfulness. We often use phrases like thank you and I appreciate you interchangeably. But whereas thankfulness can feel more externally oriented and often begs a “for,” appreciation feels like just as much of an internally directed affirmation as it does an outward acknowledgment: I appreciate you implies I value you. It commands a loving generosity of attention that stems from our acknowledging the inherent worth in another being (or ourselves). And in doing so both the bearer of appreciation and the object expand. In this way, appreciation is a generative capacity that reinforces our interconnectedness.
The following practice invites us to direct our loving attention toward that which we appreciate:
You might also use the recording below to guide you in this practice:
Meditation created and narrated by Rose Zonetti (4:24)
If you feel inspired, please share in the reflection area below…
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I did this meditation, I am indeed grateful to you Rose. What I noticed I was apprehensive to visualise some one, whom you do not consider a loved one. But funnily it was easy, a person who works in a grocery store. I when visualising him, noticed his helpful nature and his genuine interaction making his customer feel important. It is genuine and not for commercial purpose, I noticed him for what he was and appreciating him I felt connectedness and my heart opened. Then to a stray cat who is very much a part of my life. I was inspired to see that I feel more open and how I felt my heart ready to love. Active pure genuine love.
I am glad you did not include people you are having difficulty with, as I purposefully without doing this meditation on such a person brought my attention and saw to my surprise, my mind clear as a dessert sky, a smile and a non resistant heart,
This is a better practice than bringing on appreciating people whom one may have difficulty with.
For it brought same results.
What a beautiful and simple way to create joy! Thank you.
I began to wonder if my prayer list might also be an appreciation list. And how appreciation might be good prayer. Thank you for all the inspiration today!
Glad this resonates with you, Tom! I think the quote Sheila references in her comment affirms that appreciation and prayer go hand-in-hand.
Tom, your lovely reflection brought to mind this quote by Alan Cohen, that was once used on this site as ‘The Word for The Day’: “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts”.
Blessings to you, Tom🕊
Thank-you for this beautiful guided meditation, Rose and Gratefulness Team!!! There is such an overwhelming feeling of love in my heart after doing this guided meditation. It also helped to remove thoughts of judgement about people and allowed true appreciation for them just as they are.
Peace, love and blessings to all 🌻🌈
Thank you for sharing your experience and appreciation, Sheila! Grateful for you.
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