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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...something that I first learnt many years ago. One of these paths cultivates a full, creative and generous life, the other leads us to view the world as limited, that there is never enough, that others hold what we desire and that we’ll always be lacking somewhere.
Having always lived with my nose in a book - personal development books being some of my favourites - 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.
Having always had a scarcity mindset myself, it was a real challenge at first. In fact, scarcity thoughts still regularly raise their heads in all areas of my life...I’ve just learnt to counterbalance them with more abundant thinking and 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 like this if you have 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 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 but not essential. 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 reminds you of 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
Although we can remind ourselves that we’re only seeing the highlight reels of other people’s lives, it doesn’t stop us from feeling triggered when we scroll through our feeds. 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 you know when spending time on your phone leaves you feeling a little less happy.
I’m not suggesting that you give it 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. When your abundance mindset is stronger you could always try catching up with them again.
UPGRADE YOUR THOUGHTS
Being able to recoginise thoughts of scarcity is really half of the battle of creating an abundance mindset. It’s possible to catch a few of them day to 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 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 WORDS
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 all of the fears and limitations that you have and creating an abundance affirmation that you can repeat in your head or outloud every time they appear. If you’re new to affirmations then don’t worry because I’ve saved you time by creating a list of them 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...to seek out possible problems and things that threaten our survival. 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 - 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 complement when you next look in the mirror...it all works!
That’s only a bite sized peek at how to develop a more abundant mindset and I encourage you to explore the concept more. For me, it’s been a slow process of consistent shifts in the way I think but over time I’ve created a foundation that helps me to tune into all that this world has to offer...please allow yourself the same gift.
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.