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Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. ~ Wayne Dyer
Life is full of choices and one of them is to work from a place of scarcity or abundance. One of these paths cultivates a full, creative and generous life, the other leads us to view the world as limited, to feel that there is never enough, that others hold what we desire and we’ll always be lacking somewhere.
Having always lived with my nose in a book - personal development being my favourite subject - I discovered the concept of cultivating an abundance mindset many years ago. But, it’s only been in the last five years or so that I’ve really started to tune into it.
After identifying my own scarcity mindset, I found it a challenge at first to make changes. Even now, thoughts of scarcity regularly raise their heads in all areas of my life...I’ve just learnt to counterbalance them with more abundant thinking. I also like to remind myself of Dr Wayne Dyer’s quote that ‘abundance is not something that we acquire, it’s something that we tune into’ - his books are full of wisdom if you have a chance to read them.
If it sounds like something that you’d like to explore yourself then I’ve shared a few things that have helped me along the way...this is by no means an exhaustive list and I encourage you to use these simply as a starting point for your own personal growth...
I wanted to start here because I think that practicing gratitude is the simplest way to cultivate an abundance mindset. It takes very little effort to start your day by thinking of at least three things that you’re grateful for, especially when you get out of a warm bed, have food in the cupboard and fresh water on tap - essential things that we can too easily take for granted.
Starting a gratitude journal can be helpful. Using a simple notebook works well, but to get you started today here’s my simple 7 Day Gratitude Journal Page that you can print and use this week.
Practicing gratitude helps you to focus on what you have rather than what you don’t and over time tips the balance of your mind from scarcity to abundance.
REDUCE MEDIA CONSUMPTION
When we scroll through our phones we know that we’re only seeing the highlight reels of people’s lives. But, that doesn’t shield us from the beast of comparison. We compare our clothes, lifestyle, homes, jobs...you name it. And none of us are exempt. You might not recognise the effect straight away but take a few minutes to see how you feel after spending time scrolling through your social media accounts.
I’m not suggesting that you give it all up! But for the next few days try and be more conscious of how much you use it. A few months ago I started a habit of not picking up my phone until lunchtime...to help my mornings stay on track and I LOVE it - no interruptions or outside influences until I’ve got my day off to a great start. Perhaps you could try taking a break from some of the accounts that trigger those scarcity feelings in you.
OBSERVE YOUR THOUGHTS
Observing your own scarcity thoughts is half the battle when it comes to creating a more abundant mindset. You may catch a few of them throughout the day but I’ve found that cultivating a meditation practice has helped me to stand back and fully observe the thoughts that are present in my mind. I was even inspired to create an Abundance Meditation Candle , especially for these moments. When starting out, try writing some of your scarcity thoughts down so that you can begin working on them. Being able to do this helps you to replace those old patterns with something new which in turn creates the change that you desire.
CHANGE YOUR FOCUS
Listen to the conversations that you have with others over the next few days. Do they lean towards a scarcity or abundance mindset?
Try guiding the conversation towards celebrating abundance, ask your friends what’s going well for them right now, give your children a chance to talk about the best parts of their day, share your own experiences of abundance showing up in your life without feeling uncomfortable or guilty. Remember that celebrating abundance in your own life doesn’t reduce it in anyone else’s.
I love using affirmations as a way to grow my abundance mindset and counterbalance years of scarcity thinking. It’s as simple as thinking about a fear or limitation that you have and creating an abundance affirmation that you can repeat in your head or out loud every time it appears. If you’re new to affirmations then don’t worry because I’ve shared my list of abundance affirmations that you can print and start using today
SEEK OUT THE POSITIVE
Looking for the good is sometimes easier said than done, I know! In fact, our minds are actually wired to do the opposite...they naturally seek out potential problems and threats in a bid to survive. Now we might be up against evolution here but I don’t think that’s a good enough reason not to give it a try - are you up for the challenge? Try cultivating the habit by sharing what’s gone well in your day when you sit down with your partner at night, remind yourself of all the reasons why you love the people in your life or simply pay yourself a compliment when you next look in the mirror...it all works!
So, that’s a bite-sized insight to help you cultivate an abundance mindset; I encourage you to explore the idea more because it can change everything. Remember that it’s a slow process of small consistent shifts in the way that you think but over time it creates a foundation to help you tune in to all that this world has to offer...which is a beautiful gift to yourself.
AUTHOR: LEANNA DOOLIN
Co – Founder of holistic skincare brand, Pure Thoughts and advocate for women finding pause in their day to breathe deeply, give thanks and reconnect to what matters. Loves early mornings, dogs and books that you can’t put down.