Focus on the word “contentment” and feel it. It might take a few seconds to really embrace the good feeling of contentment.
If you can feel contentment you can then go to a better feeling:
Contentment is easier and more stable, and good enough if you’re not used to feeling good.
Appreciation is also very good because we have less resistance and fewer preconceptions about it than love, joy, and freedom.
But whatever feels best to you.
You might feel some resistance to feeling good. A bit like you’re reluctant to relax or let your guard down.
Keep focusing. The whole point is to feel the relief of letting go and allowing these good feelings.
You might also have resistance in the form of thoughts that dissuade you from the task.
But hopefully the exercise is general enough and simple enough that other thoughts don’t really have a foothold.
If they do, try to soothe the thoughts gently.
Eg. “I suck at this kind of thing” well it’s okay to suck at it. It’s just an experiment, right? I’m giving it a go, and maybe it’ll be interesting. It’d be nice to have this trick up my sleeve to feel content whenever I want to.
“This is pointless” Actually the point is to feel better and I’d like to do that more, and if I can feel better just by focusing on the feeling I want to feel then that would be worth practicing I think.
“This won’t change anything” It will give me the ability to find relief and feel better, and if nothing else were to change wouldn’t it be better to feel good rather than feel bad?
Do it all the time…eventually
My goal is to feel genuine appreciation all the time.
Feeling appreciation makes me a better person – the person I think I’m meant to be. I’m happier, more creative, much nicer to be with! People have commented on how much happier I am.
It makes my life better. I’ve already seen how feeling appreciation can transform my day from a monotony of worries and burdens to a light and easy adventure.
And the only thing I need to do is practice feeling appreciation.
From general to specific
With credit to the Abraham Hicks material, I’ve found that practicing a general feeling of appreciation eventually translates spontaneously into specific appreciation for things in life.
It’s a bit like suddenly coming into a whole heap of money and thinking “wow I’m rich!” And then after a while being inspired to spend your money in specific, good-feeling ways that enhance the feeling of well-being and prosperity.
So the more time I spend feeling appreciation, the more I will continue to notice wonderful things to appreciate in my life.
This is how feeling good really does change your life, because in consistently feeling good you are naturally drawn to entirely different aspects of your present experience and hence to a different future experience altogether.