Let’s face it, in this land of plenty, Americans more than anyone else love to whine about their lack of abundance. Yes, I know that times are tough but we still have it better than the vast majority of the world’s population and yet we are so fixated on chasing the abundance we feel is missing in our lives.
So what is this elusive “abundance” anyway?
In my opinion, the reason the so-called “law of attraction,” vision boards, manifestation meditation, visualization hypnosis and all the other tricks and magic spells so often fail is because of a basic misunderstanding of abundance.
The other day I cleared my whiteboard and began to list every person I needed to get in contact with either for business or just to ‘catch up.’ I’ve been remiss in keeping up with friends the last couple months and thought this list might help.
Names kept coming to me and the list kept getting longer and longer until it nearly filled up the board. My first thought upon looking at the list? “Fuck it, I’m only one person. How can I be expected to do all this??”
Whine, whine, whine.
Luckily that first thought only lasted a split second. Immediately after, my thoughts were shifted to what that list really illustrated: I am surrounded by SO many amazing, creative, generous, kind, caring, compassionate and otherwise awesome people.
I have an abundance of awesomes in my life!
So I decided to make some more lists. As it turns out, I also have an abundance of the following things:
- T shirts
- Knee socks in cool colors
- Foods that combine nuts and chocolate
- Books on the occult
- Magic markers
- Feathers found during long walks in the woods
- Special stones given to me by even more special children (not sure why but children, even ones I don’t know, are often compelled to give me rocks and stones…a magical gift, indeed)
- Letters and notes given to me by loved ones
- Memorabilia from special times (dinner napkins, theater tickets, etc.)
- Photos of my children
- Nail polish
- Sources of inspiration
- Happy memories
- Sad memories
- Chipmunks and squirrels (outside my window)
It is impossible to make abundance lists without letting some gratitude sneak in. And therein lies the secret to “the secret.”
Abundance is all around us. We merely need to turn our attention to it. Become aware of it. And suddenly the feeling of “need” is replaced by satisfaction.
Once we are able to come from this space of awareness and gratitude, we make room for all the other stuff the Universe wants us to have….like a new really special rock from an angel disguised as a child.
Start making a list or two and you’ll see what I mean. What do you have in abundance in your life? Let us know in the comments and inspire us all!