GRATITUDE OR APPRECIATION – WHICH SHOULD YOU USE?

YOGA’S APPROACH TO GRATITUDE

The concept of gratitude appears in all religions and various ancient texts as a virtue and blessing from a higher power. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras it is set out at 2.39:

“Acknowledging abundance (aparigraha) we recognize the blessings in everything and gain insights into the purpose for our worldly existence.” ~ translation by Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga.


This is a two-part practice of (i) acknowledging abundance and, (ii) recognizing the blessings in everything. In yoga, it is understood that this practice connects you to an appreciation of the abundance around you, this enables you to see the gifts of the world. As you practice gratitude and acknowledge the role of others in that thanks, there is a space to tap into thanking something behind all external: a Divine source.


YOGA’S APPROACH TO GRATITUDE

The concept of gratitude appears in all religions and various ancient texts as a virtue and blessing from a higher power. In Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras it is set out at 2.39:

“Acknowledging abundance (aparigraha) we recognize the blessings in everything and gain insights into the purpose for our worldly existence.” ~ translation by Nischala Joy Devi, The Secret Power of Yoga.


This is a two-part practice of (i) acknowledging abundance and, (ii) recognizing the blessings in everything. In yoga, it is understood that this practice connects you to an appreciation of the abundance around you, this enables you to see the gifts of the world. As you practice gratitude and acknowledge the role of others in that thanks, there is a space to tap into thanking something behind all external: a Divine source.


WHEN TO USE APPRECIATION ALONE

It is essential to build your own inner strength, esteem and willpower. A positive value without interdependence on another is vital for this self-building process. This applies especially where relationships have a power imbalance: you want to recognize your self-worth. For example, you may not feel that you can be grateful to your boss when they approve your leave because it is in your contract to receive leave for your work, but you can appreciate the approval if it is at a busy time of the work calendar. You do not have to be grateful in all situations.

APPRECIATION EXERCISE

Select any subject, but start with something simple like: “I appreciate that I have water to hydrate my body”.


GRATITUDE IS A SOCIAL EXCHANGE