I Choose Abundance

What is the first thing you think about when you hear the word abundance?

For me abundance means having more than enough of anything that you need and desire. I believe in abundance, but there are areas of my life where I feel I don’t always live in abundance.

What exactly do I mean by that?

Well, I think many of us, me included, often have an attitude of lack or scarcity, the “there is never enough” mantra that flows through are head and our words and our actions. I have identified one big area of my life where I don’t live in abundance and that is time. I often find myself saying things like “I’m so busy, I just don’t have enough time,” or “If only there was more time,” or “Everything just takes so much longer than it should.”

Sound familiar?

You might be saying, “Well, all of those things are true.” Well, I guess they will be true if you believe them to be true. That is certainly what has been happening to me more than I would like to admit.

This week I’ve been doing this free 21-day meditation program (you can still hop in if you want), and the first few days have been focused on the idea of abundance. Some of the centering thoughts have been really revealing to me in that I have found I rarely think along those lines. “Life unfolds with effortless ease” is not something I go around saying to myself. I will more often than not instead say something like “Why does everything have to be so hard?” (For real, I will actually say that out loud, A LOT.) That is basically the opposite of another of the centering thoughts from this week: “Abundance flows easily and freely to me.”

So, this week I have been trying to shift my attitude and mental focus in regards to time. I will say things to myself like, “I have more than enough time to do everything I need to do,” or “I choose abundance.” And here’s the weird part…it’s working!

I have been working on a grant proposal, and by working I mean thinking about it in my head, and I knew the deadline was approaching. It was actually this past Friday at 5:00 p.m. So on Wednesday at 5 p.m. I found myself actually doing the physical work that needed to be done. I was making phone calls and pulling things together, all the while knowing that it was going to be tight to get everything done by the deadline, especially since I was depending on other people to get letters and forms to me. On Thursday, I set aside time to really get the application done and had to give the grant coordinator a call with a question. As I was talking to her, and feeling a bit stressed because of the approaching deadline, she said, “Didn’t you get the email about the deadline?” Um, no, I didn’t. “Well, the deadline was extended to November 29!”  BAM! I was just given an abundance of time!

It wasn’t until a bit later that I realized what had happened. I chose abundance instead of lack. I believed I had more than enough time and I did. The good news is, all of my part of this grant proposal is now done and I just have to gather the other stuff I need from other people.  The lesson here is not to procrastinate (there is a whole other post on that topic, I’m sure), but in day-to-day living we have to choose and practice an attitude of abundance. This crosses over into so many areas of our lives: finances, time, food, exercise, family and more.

Think along these lines:

  • I have more than enough to eat any time I want it, so I don’t need to overeat right now.
  • I have so much sweetness in my life, I don’t need to fill my body with more sugar.
  • I have enough money to do all of the things I need and desire to do.
  • I have more than enough energy to exercise today.
  • I have infinite stores of patience within me even when my child is in melt-down mode.

This list can go on and on!! I don’t know about you, but this week I am going to mindfully practice abundance in my life and my thoughts.

Where is an area of your life you need to practice living in abundance?