Mar 04, 2019 How to Practice Abundance
At New Years I blogged about my theme for this year; which is to cultivate an Abundance Mentality. You can read about it here if you missed it.
A few days after the post I was asked, “How do you practice abundance? It seems to me like an abstract concept that just sounds nice.”
Valid question. So, I thought I’d clarify. To have as many “things” as possible is not the goal of mental abundance. It’s about creating an inner state of fullness. If the word abundance doesn’t sit right with you think of it instead as gratitude. The practice of feeling gratitude constantly.
Mental abundance is a state of mind but there also needs to be an external component for it to actually manifest itself in your life. I do one simple step every day during my morning meditation I ask this question:
“What do I think the world is with holding from me?”
Whatever my answer is that is what I focus on giving to the world.
The answer might to be money, happiness, a lasting relationship, a certain kind of job. For a long time my answer was security. I had a constant fear that the future is just a place for things to go bad. That my marriage would sour, financial difficulties would find me, that I am not parenting my children the way they need to be parented and I am causing them damage. Everything I worried about is an external circumstance. I didn’t have the internal trust that I can handle anything that comes my way. I didn’t feel secure with a lot of future aspects of my life. So I focused on creating security for those around me. I did this with my husband, my sister, and my children. Offering care and comfort as often as I could. What I felt was missing in my life I tried to fill in the lives around me.
What came out of this is a feeling of trust in myself. It’s the difference of feeling secure which comes from outside sources versus being secure which comes from inside.
I trust that everything will be OK as I work on seeing abundance and aliveness around. I see it currently in the rain falling here in kauai. I see abundance in the joy of a dog running by me on the beach. I recognize it. I acknowledge the good in my life is the root for abundance.