Appreciation

 

Dancing to the Same Rhythm

Dancing, at its best, is independence and intimacy in balance. As in all areas of life when people have to work closely together, dance couples often argue. Appreciation goes a long way in healing and transforming stressed relationships. Some time ago, my dance teacher decided to try and reduce the arguing which frequently accompanies the practice sessions. He asked his training couples to stand in a circle and then, one-by-one, to say something they sincerely appreciated about their partner. They did what he asked and, almost imperceptibly, a sense of peace seemed to breathe into the room. My teacher reminded his students that none of them could know how long they would have their dance partner or even their dancing career and it would be good to be grateful for their partner. The rest of the practice was indeed calm, cooperative, and harmonious. To dance with another person or to work or live or create anything with another person is a privilege. Such a thing cannot be bought, only freely given as the gift of oneself. It should be respected.

We Are Here For God

Creative pursuits are most rewarding when seen as an ongoing way of being in the world. Creativity is an avenue for fulfilling one’s individual potential and a way of being of service to the world by sharing that which we love and feel drawn to. This removes the fuel from self-driven ambition and takes the steam out of competitive thinking. We lose our fear that we will not have a place and we lose the egotistical pride that, frequently, accompanies achievement. We do not cling tightly to that which is good. Nor do we overly grieve that which passes. We do not resent others successes. Nor are we afraid to pursue our own.

All is graciously and gratefully given over to that which is the essence of Life and is the rightful owner of all true action and talent. Egotistical intention is detoured and the success and beauty of the endeavour is heightened. Anxiety, fear, and the precarious confidence which accompanies egotistic pursuits are disempowered. Ego-driven ambition is replaced with gratitude for that which we love. The creative impetus is given every opportunity to express itself unfettered by human complications. There grows a quiet, alive, confident, glowing radiance. It moves and moulds us, uniting us with our awakening nature, feeding the little shoot until its own majestic nature takes hold.

We all have our own individual destinies to fulfil. Each one must play their part. We will then be happy and that is all we need. We can turn everything we do into a prayer. Instead of feeling inadequate or unlucky, we can a feel a part of the grand energetic flow of the Creation which encompasses everyone. We belong to it and benefit richly from that belonging. The flowering of our own potential will be greatly enhanced. All life forms value their own existence and the reaching of their own potential. Being aware of this helps us to move from the natural egocentricity that accompanies being human. Instead of constantly seeing our own life and needs as being of primary importance, we soften that view with an appreciation of the life-value and needs of everyone and everything. Respect and goodwill replace comparison and ill-will.

We Are One

All gifts and talents are not only given to us for our own enjoyment and fulfilment but they are also given to us for the benefit of other people. This applies to everyone’s abilities. Our talent does not have to be Olympic or world-class standard. It just has to be a genuine appreciation for some aspect of life that we particularly feel drawn to. Even participating in a hobby or talent that no one else ever sees, uplifts the world significantly by the sincerity, gratitude, and purity of intention that we put into it. All of life is energetic and so all thoughts and actions are energetically experienced by the world, at some level, whether we intend it or not. Every loving thought contributes to the world. Every act of beauty and harmonious participation helps the world to raise its vibration.

By reducing the self-confirmatory aspects of any activity, we are also reducing the anxiety attached to it. If we do well, we thank God that we are able to take part in something wonderful, the essence of which is always Divine. The happiness of knowing that is our reward. If something goes badly, we do not take it personally but we simply realise that our expression is not yet complete in that area and we try again. All mistakes are lessons and all achievements are demonstrations of God’s presence in the world. We are here for God. And as God is love, we are here for Love’s expression. We are all One. The beauty in one person is shared by all. The life path of one individual blesses everyone. The expression of Life neither originates within a single human nor belongs to that person exclusively. Life is energy and, as such, it belongs to all, reaches all, and blesses all.

This article is from The Love of Devotion

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