“The word “abundance” comes from abunda-re, Latin for “to overflow”. “Prosperity” comes from the Latin prospera-re, meaning “to render fortunate”.
Everyone knows someone who is a chronic complainer. Nothing is ever right, they are never happy no matter what they do or what is done for them. They live in a world of negativity and no possibility. When you ask whether he or she would like to do something that you consider fun, the first word out of his or her mouths is “no.” Without even considering the positive side of a situation, they jump head first into what is wrong and lacking. The mind is like a river that can flow in any direction. You can train the mind to flow smoothly in the direction of your choosing or you can choose to have an abundance of “no” mind. You can prosper with a mind that you guide to live fully in the moment, free of any lack or desperation. As you can see, the choice is yours and yours alone.
According to Time magazine, Richard Davidson, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, has been using brain imaging to show that meditation shifts activity in the prefrontal cortex (the area directly behind our foreheads) from the right hemisphere to the left. The negative “no” people are right-brain prefrontal oriented, whereas those individuals who are left-brain prefrontal dominant tend to be happier, more enthusiastic, relaxed, and filled with the joy of life. It is in this state of mind that you naturally reside with the flow of universal abundance and prosperity. What this suggests is that a regular practice of yoga and meditation can reorient the brain from a stressful fight-or-flight mode to one of acceptance, a significant shift that increases contentment.
Here is a meditation exercise you can do to observe your brain at work. Use your journal or some paper to write your answers to the following questions:
- Is your first response to a situation usually negative?
- Do you feel there is never enough in your life?
- Do you feel that everyone else has more opportunities than you do?
- Do you feel that you lack the power to move forward in your life?
- Do you always have an excuse for not having enough, 1) Money, 2) Energy, 3) Love, 4) Happiness, 5) Talent, 6) Patience?
After you’ve answered the questions, sit in meditation and allow your mind to calm. Bring your focus to your breath and let go of any tension in your body. Allow the exhale to “clean house,” removing the toxic buildup of stress and negativity in your mind. Mentally step aside so that as the thoughts arise you are simply observing your mind reacting to what is momentarily present. Recite the following Abundance mantra to help dissolve the negative thoughts and release the internal light of mindful awareness.
Breathing in, Abundance surrounds me.
Breathing out, Abundance is life.
Your mental illusions conspire to have you believe that there is lack and scarcity in your life. To dissolve them, you must first be aware of what you are doing. Abundance is a state of mind, and prosperity is the result of how your mind functions. In the Tao of Abundance, Laurence G. Boldt instructs us that “material abundance will come not from struggling to attain it as a goal in itself, but rather as a natural by-product of experiencing a deeper state of psychological abundance.” Now that you know what is needed why wait? Begin your practice today.