This morning while eating my breakfast I was listening to one of the morning news shows and Deepak Chopra came on and I started listening more intently. Before I started on my spiritual journey and began doing daily affirmations and being more aware of the good things I still have in my life, I wouldn’t have glanced up at this man as I didn’t really believe that you could change your world by changing your thoughts. This morning however, I was very interested in hearing what he had to say.
The anchors asked him about his thoughts on Valentine’s day and he basically said you should show people Attention, Affection and Appreciation every day of the year and not just on one day of the year. These three things apply not only to a partner but also to family members and friends.
Attention means deep listening, being totally present. It means we’re not in a hurry to give advice, interrupt or react.
Appreciation means that we notice the other person’s strengths and let them know we notice them and are grateful for them.
Affection is deep caring and knowing that we are there for the other person.
So this year, let’s skip the Valentine’s day celebration and begin showing love, attention, appreciation and affection to those that mean the most to us every single day of the year (and that also include’s ourselves).