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Developing True Appreciation

Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:January 21, 2013

How much appreciation do you have for the blessings in your life?
 
I think most of us would say that we appreciate our gifts, but I would like to awaken you to a deeper and more meaningful level of appreciation.
 
The kabbalists teach that appreciation for our current blessings creates the vessel into which the next blessings we desire to draw in can manifest. This also means that the degree of our appreciation determines the quality and quantity of blessings that we can then draw. Clearly, then, it is important that we are pushing ourselves to consistently awaken greater and greater appreciation.
 
Over 3000 years ago there was a powerful and wealthy king.  His name was David. I find his life and how he dealt with its many challenges very inspiring. As a king, he clearly had all the material possessions he could ever want. Yet we find something very peculiar in how he would refer to himself in his writings; again and again he writes, “for I am poor and needy.” How can we understand this view that he had of himself?

What David meant was that when he looks at what he deserves or has earned, he believes that he deserves nothing. Therefore, he is exceedingly thankful and appreciative for even the smallest gift that he has, even for the fact that he has clothing to wear. This is what he means when he says he is poor, meaning I have earned nothing, therefore all that I have is a free gift for which I am overwhelmingly thankful.
 
This is the ultimate level of appreciation. A constant understanding that nothing is taken for granted, not the fact that we woke up in the morning, not the fact that we have our family and friends, and not even the fact that we have food to eat and clothing to wear. This level of appreciation is not natural to us and needs to be developed. When you grow in this way, you will begin to experience life with much more joy. More importantly, you allow more and greater blessings to manifest in your life.
 
To start this process, several times every day, stop, imagine having nothing, and awaken appreciation for even the basics you have in life. Appreciate that you have clothing to wear and food to eat. Then think about the greater blessings you have and awaken a greater appreciation for them.
 
Ask yourself, am I a more grateful person today than last week, than last month? If we are consistent in this growth we will then be able to receive ever growing blessings.

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