9 Simple Paths To Feeling Abundant

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into. – Wayne Dyer

This is one of those important lessons that slips away from me every once in a while. The longer it takes me to return to it, the more hysterical I become. And my hysteria, it turns out, is something of a solution repellent. It’s as if the pipeline that delivers all that I want and need into my life gets clogged by my fear, restricting the flow, allowing less and less to come to me. This perpetuates more fear which results in less flow and on goes the downward spiral…

It can get ugly fast, but as I may have mentioned once or twice before, it doesn’t have to be this way.

This week, things got pretty crazy in my world. Now that I’m writing that, I can see that it’s not entirely true. My world isn’t so crazy. There are no paparazzi camped out in my front yard. I didn’t wake up with the house full of snakes or armadillos. And I didn’t find a dragon, or even an alligator, sunbathing in the neighborhood swimming pool. Those things would have made my life pretty crazy.

The truth is, it got crazy in my head this week. I was nearly paralyzed with fear about money and what feels like a truly extraordinary volume of unknowns, even for me. (I’m usually a big fan, but this week pitched me over the wall around my comfort zone.) By mid-week, I was a mess, but then my wife sat and shared with me these “21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity.”

It was a turning point for a few reasons. Most importantly, it made me pause, just briefly, to be in a moment (instead of doing). When I’m worked up like that, I go and go, trying to figure out how to prevent what feels like the end of the world. I get disconnected from myself — my intuition and creativity, my heart and soul — which leaves me absolutely stuck and powerless to cultivate the change I desire. The few minutes that it took us to look at those pictures — to feel and cry and, indeed, have our faith in humanity restored — reconnected me to myself, to her, and to the world around us. In that sacred moment, I remembered what Wayne Dyer says about tuning in.

What follows are nine things I did over the last couple of days to flip my not-enough-money madness back into sanity. Over and over again, I’ve found that being in a positive, loving, connected frame of mind is the only thing that allows what I need to flow to me. It is my hope that, if and when you need them, what helped me tune in… will do the same for you.

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Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. – Sarah Caldwell

1. Read – Books are everywhere and they can take you from where you are right now to where you want to be. There are self-help and inspirational books that will open your heart and mind to the possibilities that you desire, and plenty of fiction to awe, inspire, and entertain you. Biographies, healthy living resources, how-to-do-anything-in-the-world-that-you-could-possibly-want-to-do books and much, much more are flowing abundantly throughout our communities waiting to support you. And if you’re like me, you have some of these treasures already in your home. Grab one and dig in! If not, go to the library or a book-loving friend’s house and borrow one or two to get you started.

The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Eden Phillpotts

2. Play – Play will restore you to sanity. Play board games or cards, or go shoot a basketball. Play with children or your peers or perfect strangers. Sometimes it’s nice to just play by yourself. Drive, or even better walk, to a park and build a sandcastle and swing and slip down the slide. If you can’t remember how to play, watch the little kids around you. They remember how to live in the moment.

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. – Cicero

3. Remember – This may sound sort of silly but I promise it works. I pulled out a box of old treasures and took a little trip down memory lane. After a week of obsessing about how I didn’t have enough cash to do what I wanted and needed to do, it was incredibly freeing to wallow in all of the amazing experiences represented in that box. There were tickets from concerts, souvenir pennies from trips with the children, and haiku poems written by my wife to commemorate random moments of inspiration and fun throughout the last five years.

The box also held 37 years worth of greeting cards (not all of the cards I’ve ever received but the ones I kept), and also dozens of letters and cards from friends and clients thanking me for… well, basically for being me. I’m not going to lie, it felt good to remember all of those beautiful memories, and to remember that I’ve done things and been someone that my people could be thankful for. Picture albums (even digital) are another great way to remind yourself of a lifetime full of joy and excitement, even if this particular moment is a challenging one.

If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony. – Fernand Point

4. Focus on your food – While there are certainly people who literally do not have food to eat, I think it’s safe to say anyone who reads this still has money in their budget for eating. So, why not do it in a way that makes you feel abundant? I’m not suggesting that you go out and spend money you don’t have to spend on a big, elaborate meal. This is an invitation to eat what you were already going to eat, only more thoughtfully, with love and an air of celebration. Even a bowl of twenty-five cent noodles can be eaten with thanks; you just have to choose to. So, set the table, light a candle, and take a moment to really settle into your body when you prepare and enjoy your meals for a few days. The difference in the way you feel will be remarkable.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. – James Oppenheim

5. Laugh – Laughter has saved my life a thousand times… and, frankly, there is no good reason not to do it. Now, I could go on and on here, but it’s pretty simple. If you’re stuck, do whatever you have to do to get yourself laughing, even if that means laughing about how absolutely in over your head you feel. Just laugh. Do it. I promise, it makes all the difference in the world in how you feel about being you.

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. – Lionel Hampton

6. Write a gratitude list - Taking stock of all that you are grateful for is one of the most powerful ways to change the way you feel about money and your life. And just like all of the other ideas I’ve offered here, it is absolutely free. If you’re really stuck, start the list with, “I’m grateful for breath… that I can walk… that the sun came up today…” And the longer the list is, the better you’ll feel, so dig as deep as you must to shift the way you’re feeling about being you.

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. – Epicurus

7. Go outside - I work from home, and sometimes I realize that I’m sitting here holding this laptop — a machine that connects me to easily thousands of people at any given moment — but feeling terribly alone. That’s when I know it’s time to get outside. And it doesn’t take three days of living off the land to reboot. You don’t even have to get sweaty or dig in the garden (although those things certainly help, too). You might just go for a five, ten, or fifteen minute stroll, no fancy equipment necessary! It’s amazing what a difference it makes to go outside for a few deep breaths, to feel the sun on your skin or reconnect with the stars in the sky. Maybe even stay long enough to enjoy a song or two from the birds you can’t hear when you’re trapped indoors for too long.

Whatever we are waiting for peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

8. Move your body – Dancing, yoga, hiking, and walking are the magic movements for me lately. What movements help you reconnect with yourself? Remember, this isn’t about “fixing” whatever money crisis is currently settling over you (not that I’m opposed to you fixing it, if you know how). This is about changing the way that you feel about your life right now. We all have those things, the ways that our intuition urges us to move our bodies that will reconnect us with our higher selves. It’s important to know what works for you… and that you remember to do it when you feel out of tune.

When we give, we simply make room for more to come in. When we become deeply, authentically generous, it signals to our abundant universe that there is a conduit open to receive and distribute. We become part of the vital natural system. – Lenedra J. Caroll

9. Share yourself with others (even in these stressful times) – Earlier this week, I posted this on Facebook: “I’m in the mood for gratitude. You tell me something that you’re grateful for today and I’ll match it with one of mine.” I was stunned and moved by the response. Thirty-three friends posted something they were grateful for prompting me to find and share that many of my own. It cultivated a huge shift in the way I was feeling. I can see people calling a friend and bouncing back and forth with things that you’re both grateful for, or issuing a gratitude challenge through email or over lunch.

Basically, what I’m saying is that you can share yourself with others. To help another person cultivate a sense of inner peace during a chaotic or stressful time must be one of the greatest gifts of all. And even though it helps them, this one still changes the way you feel about being you, too.

The shift in the way you feel, the direction of your thoughts, the calming of your mind, that’s what these things will do. If you choose to use them, you’ll feel more connected to yourself, to others, and to the luscious, abundant world around you. You will have access to ideas and solutions that are true for you. This is an invitation to tune into all of the possibilities available to you, and to shift the way you feel about being you. What do you say, Wild One? Will you accept it?
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Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can – there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did. – Sarah Caldwell

1. Read – Books are everywhere and they can take you from where you are right now to where you want to be. There are self-help and inspirational books that will open your heart and mind to the possibilities that you desire, and plenty of fiction to awe, inspire, and entertain you. Biographies, healthy living resources, how-to-do-anything-in-the-world-that-you-could-possibly-want-to-do books and much, much more are flowing abundantly throughout our communities waiting to support you. And if you’re like me, you have some of these treasures already in your home. Grab one and dig in! If not, go to the library or a book-loving friend’s house and borrow one or two to get you started.
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The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper. – Eden Phillpotts

2. Play – Play will restore you to sanity. Play board games or cards, or go shoot a basketball. Play with children or your peers or perfect strangers. Sometimes it’s nice to just play by yourself. Drive, or even better walk, to a park and build a sandcastle and swing and slip down the slide. If you can’t remember how to play, watch the little kids around you. They remember how to live in the moment.
_____

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured. – Cicero

3. Remember – This may sound sort of silly but I promise it works. I pulled out a box of old treasures and took a little trip down memory lane. After a week of obsessing about how I didn’t have enough cash to do what I wanted and needed to do, it was incredibly freeing to wallow in all of the amazing experiences represented in that box. There were tickets from concerts, souvenir pennies from trips with the children, and haiku poems written by my wife to commemorate random moments of inspiration and fun throughout the last five years.

The box also held 37 years worth of greeting cards (not all of the cards I’ve ever received but the ones I kept), and also dozens of letters and cards from friends and clients thanking me for… well, basically for being me. I’m not going to lie, it felt good to remember all of those beautiful memories, and to remember that I’ve done things and been someone that my people could be thankful for. Picture albums (even digital) are another great way to remind yourself of a lifetime full of joy and excitement, even if this particular moment is a challenging one.
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If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony. – Fernand Point

4. Focus on your food – While there are certainly people who literally do not have food to eat, I think it’s safe to say anyone who reads this still has money in their budget for eating. So, why not do it in a way that makes you feel abundant? I’m not suggesting that you go out and spend money you don’t have to spend on a big, elaborate meal. This is an invitation to eat what you were already going to eat, only more thoughtfully, with love and an air of celebration. Even a bowl of twenty-five cent noodles can be eaten with thanks; you just have to choose to. So, set the table, light a candle, and take a moment to really settle into your body when you prepare and enjoy your meals for a few days. The difference in the way you feel will be remarkable.
_____

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. – James Oppenheim

5. Laugh – Laughter has saved my life a thousand times… and, frankly, there is no good reason not to do it. Now, I could go on and on here, but it’s pretty simple. If you’re stuck, do whatever you have to do to get yourself laughing, even if that means laughing about how absolutely in over your head you feel. Just laugh. Do it. I promise, it makes all the difference in the world in how you feel about being you.
_____

Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind. – Lionel Hampton

6. Write a gratitude list - Taking stock of all that you are grateful for is one of the most powerful ways to change the way you feel about money and your life. And just like all of the other ideas I’ve offered here, it is absolutely free. If you’re really stuck, start the list with, “I’m grateful for breath… that I can walk… that the sun came up today…” And the longer the list is, the better you’ll feel, so dig as deep as you must to shift the way you’re feeling about being you.
_____

Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. – Epicurus

7. Go outside - I work from home, and sometimes I realize that I’m sitting here holding this laptop — a machine that connects me to easily thousands of people at any given moment — but feeling terribly alone. That’s when I know it’s time to get outside. And it doesn’t take three days of living off the land to reboot. You don’t even have to get sweaty or dig in the garden (although those things certainly help, too). You might just go for a five, ten, or fifteen minute stroll, no fancy equipment necessary! It’s amazing what a difference it makes to go outside for a few deep breaths, to feel the sun on your skin or reconnect with the stars in the sky. Maybe even stay long enough to enjoy a song or two from the birds you can’t hear when you’re trapped indoors for too long.
_____

Whatever we are waiting for peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

8. Move your body – Dancing, yoga, hiking, and walking are the magic movements for me lately. What movements help you reconnect with yourself? Remember, this isn’t about “fixing” whatever money crisis is currently settling over you (not that I’m opposed to you fixing it, if you know how). This is about changing the way that you feel about your life right now. We all have those things, the ways that our intuition urges us to move our bodies that will reconnect us with our higher selves. It’s important to know what works for you… and that you remember to do it when you feel out of tune.
_____

When we give, we simply make room for more to come in. When we become deeply, authentically generous, it signals to our abundant universe that there is a conduit open to receive and distribute. We become part of the vital natural system. – Lenedra J. Caroll

9. Share yourself with others (even in these stressful times) – Earlier this week, I posted this on Facebook: “I’m in the mood for gratitude. You tell me something that you’re grateful for today and I’ll match it with one of mine.” I was stunned and moved by the response. Thirty-three friends posted something they were grateful for prompting me to find and share that many of my own. It cultivated a huge shift in the way I was feeling. I can see people calling a friend and bouncing back and forth with things that you’re both grateful for, or issuing a gratitude challenge through email or over lunch.

Basically, what I’m saying is that you can share yourself with others. To help another person cultivate a sense of inner peace during a chaotic or stressful time must be one of the greatest gifts of all. And even though it helps them, this one still changes the way you feel about being you, too.

The shift in the way you feel, the direction of your thoughts, the calming of your mind, that’s what these things will do. If you choose to use them, you’ll feel more connected to yourself, to others, and to the luscious, abundant world around you. You will have access to ideas and solutions that are true for you. This is an invitation to tune into all of the possibilities available to you, and to shift the way you feel about being you. What do you say, Wild One? Will you accept it?

37 comments

Shirley E.
Shirley E.3 years ago

I agree with all these and would add: make music. Whether made by singing or playing an instrument, music lifts the soul.

Ruth R.
Ruth R.3 years ago

For a momment think about it. You spent your life building your life. There are no paid jobs or carreers in the USA. What can you do? The answer is in you -- and the answer comes -- sometimes comes from doing something that you enjoy doing and that is good for you.

Ruth R.
Ruth R.3 years ago

The best gift you can give yourself is something meaningful to do -- whether you get paid or not -- even if you have no monery because there are places that will give to you, and people that will give to you -- in time of need. Call 211. Send me a message, and i may be able to give you a list of resources or help out in some way.
THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE IS IS SOMETHING MEANINGFUL TO DO EVERYDAY OF YOUR LIFE THAT BUILDS YOU AND YOUR LIFE AND WILL TRUELY HELP OTHER PEOPLE AND THE EARTH AND AND ALL THAT LIVES ON EARTH. IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE CALL 211. SEND ME A MESSAGE, ANDIMAY BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A LIST OF RESOURCES OR HELP OUT IN SOME WAY.
IF YOU CAN GROW A GARDEN, WALK PLACES YOU NEED TO GET TOO, RIDE A TRICYCLE -- BICYCLE,

Ruth R.
Ruth R.3 years ago

Good thoughts.

Angela N.
Angela N.4 years ago

thank you

irene fernandez
irene Fernandez4 years ago

Cooking makes me feel abundant, writing a gratitude list makes me remember that not EVERYTHING is so bad
thanks

Jerri B.
Jerri Bluett4 years ago

fantastic list!

Kathy K.
Kathy K.4 years ago

Thanks.

Winn Adams
Winnie Adams4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Roxana Cortijo
Roxana Cortijo4 years ago

Great list, thanks for sharing.