Need an Abundance Tune-up?

Recently I was asked to contribute articles to the new “Embodied Philosophy” site the Five Tattvas.  I chose a personal subject for me – tackling inherited Poverty Mentality from an Ayurvedic perspective.  A sampling is below.  Enjoy the whole article here.

Tips to Tune-up your Abundance Mentality

Abundance is a practice, and takes time to become your new mindset.  If – like me – you’ve discovered that you have a worldview that might not be serving you, give it time!  I see my students and family members evolving every day.  Part of living abundantly is acknowledging your personal progress as well.

Here’s a few truths I’ve learned in my transition from a mindset of scarcity to abundance:

  • We’re already rich.  We are living in a time and place that is absolutely abundant with opportunity.  There are times and places on this earth where people don’t have enough food or a roof over their heads.  We are not in one of them.
  • You need very little of what is being sold to you.  Take a look at your monthly bills and credit card statements.  Are these all necessities?  Are you using some funds for your pleasure (another purpose of life), or are you using a pursuit of pleasure to avoid the present?  Pleasure is passing and variable.
  • Contentment is free, but must be cultivated through proper thought and discipline.  For a quick jolt of contentment, try some time in nature.  For me, a swim or a walk in the trees can bring me back to equilibrium.
  • Care for your earnings, and your earnings will care for you.  Be sure to always save a little income, and invest when you can.  This will give you the security you need to continue giving.
  • Being abundant costs less in the long run.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked away from a group dinner wishing that I wasn’t petty about the check, or walked away from a conversation wishing that I had been more generous in listening and with my compliments.  When I am abundant – and still well within my means –  I can reserve this mental energy instead of using it to judge or second-guess myself.
  • If you are too busy to volunteer sometimes, you are probably making yourself too busy.  Is checking social media absorbing too much time? Do you have a tendency to overbook projects, or to overbook your children in programs? The world needs your skill set and your expertise in service, and service can instantly bring you back to a state of abundance.
  • Ask for what you need, including help.  As a woman, I’ve had to learn negotiating skills that protect me from over-giving at work and over-exerting for less income then I may deserve.  As a stubborn woman, I’ve had to learn to ask for help!
  • Give from your “froth” and not from your “depth.”  This advice comes directly from Nevine Michaan, master teacher of Katona Yoga. To give from my froth, I must first “fill up” with satisfying hobbies and down time, not just fulfilling work.
  • Take time out every day, every week, and every season.  “Dharma jobs” often have odd schedules – nurses and doctors can work 14 hour shifts.  Yoga teachers can never take a day off.  A parent’s work is never done.  Be sure to be abundant with time for yourself.

And when in doubt, always practice gratefulness. A quick inventory of all you have may reveal that you are already in abundance.  If your worry is overwhelming, try one of my favorite mantras:

There is plenty of time
There is plenty of money
There is plenty of space
There is plenty of love.