“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” —Marcel Proust
All around us are messages that lead us to believe our lives are ones of scarcity and lack and that competition with one another is the only way we can truly succeed. However, when we begin to witness the world—whether standing in the middle of a majestic forest or scanning the shelves at the grocery store—we come to understand that the entire universe presents itself to us and is ours to enjoy.
In order for us to truly experience everything the world has to offer, we must first come to appreciate all that we already have. By being truly grateful, we open the door to all the power, wisdom, and creativity of the universe, connecting ever more deeply with pure consciousness and its ability to usher anything we can envision into our lives.
Our centering thought for today is:
“Abundance surrounds me.”
Our Sanskrit mantra for today is:
“Aham Brahmasmi.”I am the universe.
Today, no matter where you are or what you are doing, take notice of the abundance that surrounds you. Abundance may appear as a loose penny in the parking lot, a warm hug from a friend, or a plentiful display of produce at the supermarket. Consider how effortlessly and easily these gifts and signs of abundance showed up in your experience and give yourself permission to feel authentic gratitude for these blessings. You will be surprised and delighted by the multitude of gifts that continue to appear throughout your day and for days to come.
Yesterday, we began to embrace our inner confidence and let go of the ideas that life has to be about struggle.
Today we, embrace our own consciousness to see the abundance that surrounds us. We came to terms with not needing to compete to finish first or to do whatever it takes to reach the top. We acknowledged our inner tug-of-wars with deprivation vs. abundance, and came to realize that the universe is full of abundance. We must show acceptance to ourselves and with others in that generosity. This opens the door for so much more and endless abundance.
Deepak discussed how we may have received messages when we were young that we need to compete to succeed. We need to compete in sports to win, in politics to win, in love to get who we want, in school to be the best in the class. This perpetuates a winners and losers dichotomy. This also gives us a sense that there is a deep lack in the world, when there is so much glory and resources to go around for everyone. This perspective of the haves and the have-nots, forces many to want to be seen first, to be acknowledged first, and to finish first. It forces people to do anything to win and be right, regardless even if the means are against our heart’s truth or values. It forces people to look at others as if they are a threat, and causes separation away from the natural flow of the universe.
Abundance exists all around us. Everywhere. In going within and connecting with this inner abundance, we appreciate what we already have. We pay attention and become conscious, and align ourselves with true abundance. From a place of gratitude we ask our egos to step aside and feel a greater kinship with others. We no longer exist in competition with our fellow human beings because there is room enough for everyone to express all of our talents.
I know this sounds hard to digest. What about all the suffering in the world? How is there abundance for our friends or family in the Philippines? How is that abundance?
It is abundance because there are billions of other people in the world who are sending relief. We are sharing our abundance with our kin brothers and sisters who are suffering. There is always enough to go around. It is in these times of great need that governments are forced to open their pockets and show great efforts of relief, funding, and support. If only we did this everyday, helping our fellows in areas of pollution, devastation, and turmoil then the world would be in much better hands. We would be more conscious of the world’s needs and that of our own. We would be better equipped to deal with struggle, and better equipped to be preemptive with our care, with our populations, with our communities, and with our environments. We would be more preemptive because we would be more conscious and would see that all of our destinies are intertwined…