Time is our most valuable, non-renewable resource. So why do we spend so much of it caught up in questioning our self-worth? Or telling ourselves, “I’ll be happy when I have____”?
As we wrap up 2020 (perhaps more eagerly than ever), it’s the perfect time to take heed and ‘Marie Kondo’ your mental clutter.
If you find yourself focusing on perceived inadequacies (aka “have nots”), here’s one way to approach this:
Let. That. Stuff. Go.
In order to welcome in fullness, one must be open to abundance. This idea may conjure up a woman dancing in an alpine meadow, dressed in a flowy white linen outfit (throwback to 90’s feminine product ads). But we get it, a blissful carefree notion of abundant living doesn’t always reflect real-life demands.
We also reside in a culture that equates busyness with success and urges us to compare ourselves with others. It’s often said that comparison is the thief of joy. Wouldn’t you agree?
Instead of blocking (or dismissing) the idea of abundance in your time, money or energy, allow yourself to invite richness into your life. Observe your current situation and notice what is providing life force. Listen more carefully to the voice inside that brings inspiration and opportunity.
Finding happiness in what you have right here, right now, is arguably one of the most challenging requests. Being okay with “what is” doesn’t mean you’re taking a backseat in life; it just means you are presently grateful and at ease. In yoga, this is known as Santosha, which translates to contentment.
Our minds can tell us many outdated stories of scarcity:
“I grew up in a cycle of poverty, and this continues to inform my experience. I can’t afford the things I think I need. I don’t have any extra time to give. I never have enough.”
Here are a few mantras to help replace these stories. Repeat them quietly or out loud when you feel called to:
I am enough.
I am whole.
I am free.
I release all resistance to attracting joy.
I am open to abundance.
Inner happiness is always accessible.
When you strip away all of the illusory ‘things’ you think you don’t have (like the latest tech devices, trending superfood powder or a detailed map of the future), it’s easier to focus on what you DO have.
Here are a few other practices to help cultivate abundant vibes:
Shift Your Relationship with Resources
Food, clothing, space, time, energy, sleep. These are all basic human needs that can quickly add up on the “expense” sheet and end up in short supply. What happens when you audit each facet of your life? Can you find new areas of abundance? How can you free up space and allow more abundance to flow in?
Perhaps you’ll find that eating healthy on a budget can indeed be done, starting your bedtime routine early will enhance energy the next day, and you only wear 3 things in your closet anyway (praise those cozy work-at-home pants).
Show Up for Yourself
If your energetic currency feels bankrupt, try investing in “daily deposits” of self-care time. When you show up for yourself, you show up in the world as your most authentic, kind and contributive self. This could look like a 5-minute meditation in the morning (before everyone else wakes up), a midday walk in nature, a restorative bath, or picking up that book by your bedside.
Start with a word, sentence, poem or story and see where it takes you. The simple act of writing down what you’re most grateful for each day can have a long-term ripple effect in your life. Take a page from Alexandra Elle (her Instagram self-notes are always on point).
Giving yourself permission to feel whole will inevitably open up a new source of abundance. This season – and all year round – gently remind yourself that you are enough and you have enough.
“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” ~ Buddha
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