As a Life Coach, I never get into a slump. I’ll allow a minute for the laughter to die down among any friends, family, and clients who may be reading this and know differently. We didn’t embark on this life adventure to live without challenges. Sometimes, I even find that fact to be annoying. Yet, now I know that the challenges are what lead to our growth and expansion. They are always setting us up for something better.
When you’re in the middle of one of those challenges or, worse, in the middle of a series of challenges, it can feel like there is no way out. Some difficult circumstances feel beyond our control. And perhaps the specifics of those circumstances currently are beyond our control. Being in the midst of a situation like that can make you feel like throwing in the towel.
Those are the moments when many people drop to their knees and plead with God, the Universe, or Source to help with a solution. And there’s nothing wrong with that. All of our requests are heard. The friendly Universe actually is always working on our behalf. I prefer to thank God, Source, or the Universe in advance rather than begging or pleading, but sometimes it just feels like the thing to do.
So, I will admit to being in what recently felt like the slump of all slumps. I knew I wouldn’t stay there, but it still felt like one of those throw-in-the-towel moments for a short time. Because I make it a point always to make my vibration my top priority, it was tempting to blame myself for allowing that “slumpiness.” I know that’s not a word, but it feels perfect to describe how I felt. When we find ourselves deeply in a slump, I think the overwhelming feeling is, “I just can’t handle this anymore.” Even now, that thought is beginning to sound ridiculous because I do “handle things,” yet good thoughts and ideas are hard to come by when you’re in the thick of it.
Well, fairly quickly, the clouds parted, the sun came out, and good things began to show up. And, I knew they would. But I knew my inner game of feeling stuck in this frustrating situation had to change before any of that would happen.
What I did and what we all can do in these situations, which will help us to feel so much better in the fastest way possible, is to look for something, for anything, to appreciate. There is also a little booster move that can be thrown into the mix, which I also will share because it works for me.
Turning to appreciation sounds so simple, and it is. And it feels like it couldn’t possibly be enough to begin to move us out of the slump. But it can and it will. When we decide and draw a line in the sand that we are going to find things to appreciate no matter what, forces begin to move to accommodate us.
Appreciation is a magic formula. No matter what is going on, there are some things around us to appreciate. The “issue” has been getting most of our airtime, going out into the Universe to attract more negative, murky thoughts and lower our vibration even further. The way forward is to find anything and everything that we can appreciate right now to replace those negative thoughts and attract thoughts that match appreciation. And, our vibration rises. And things change.
We might have to begin with things that feel not up close and personal, such as “I’m not in Ukraine fighting for my life.” Sometimes, it can feel like we need to reach pretty far. Yet, there are usually so many smaller things that we take for granted in our lives right now that we could focus on and begin to feel a sense of relief, leading to feeling so much better.
And, then, we begin to notice that there are some new things to appreciate, as those thoughts of appreciation have attracted more things that match them. This is just the way energy works.
Remember that appreciation is our highest vibration. It’s right up there with love and joy. When we appreciate something, we add value to it. And that value comes right back to us. And this is where the booster move usually comes in. When we flip the switch and find things to appreciate, we are often spurred to do something helpful for someone else. I have been unaware so often that I was getting intuitive nudges to do something, say something, or give something that uplifts another person. Then, I realize that I actually have done that from “out of the blue.” And I notice that I’m feeling even better than before I reached out to the other person. It was unplanned by my logical mind, but it feels pretty magical when I recall the crazy mix of circumstances that caused that act to unfold.
So, appreciation gets the whole party started and begins to dissolve the slump. And things spiral upward from there.
I love this description of appreciation from A-Hicks.
The state of appreciation is seeing whatever you are looking at through the eyes of Source. . . You could walk down a crowded street with all kinds of things that a lot of other people would find reason to criticize or worry about, and you would not have access to them because your vibration of appreciation is picking out for you things of a different vibrational nature.
So, when we have the option of remaining in a state of “slumpiness” or walking down the street and only seeing things that we like, enjoy, and appreciate, the best move is obvious. Committing to finding things to appreciate whenever we can is always the best decision we can make.
I appreciate you.