Abundance. How do you feel about it? Do you feel abundant or are you usually aware of what’s lacking? I tend to notice the lack first. This is something I’m trying to change!

Most spiritual teachers say that since nature is inherently abundant, we are too. Nature has no lack of anything. Flowers bloom and bloom, blades of grass and grains of sand are infinite, and we can flow as freely as a river heading to sea… if only we would allow ourselves to. We’ve put up blocks and dams, they say, to the overflowing abundance that is our birthright.

While I do believe that we can block or inhibit ourselves at times, I think it can be dangerous to focus so heavily on these “blocks.” It can feel like a never-ending battle to remove everything that stands in our way of being happy and getting everything we want.

As a perfectionist, it can be easy to feel like you’re never quite getting it right.

What if you’re exactly where you need to be? What if you’re doing just fine and you could spend a little more time appreciating it?

Keep doing your work. Move towards your desires and appreciate how far you’ve come and all that you have. Notice the abundance already present in your life.

For years, I lived in a tiny studio apartment; I had one window that looked out onto a sea-foam green wall and a tree. I could see the sunset and hear birds most days. I had a little vintage mug collection and drank my coffee out of something beautiful every day. Although it doesn’t sound like much, these small things kept me going when it felt like nothing would ever change.

Finding beauty, and appreciating it, was a choice I made as much as possible, and I watched it blossom over time.

Today I have a bigger home and even more to be happy about, and yet appreciating my abundance is still a practice. Sometimes I overlook all that I have in my quest to get to the next place. There will always be a “next place”, but if spend all my time wondering or worrying about what it will be like and when I’ll get there I definitely won’t be able to enjoy it once it happens!

Appreciate as much as you can right where you are and try not to be too hard on yourself.


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