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How We Can Embody Abundance Regardless of What We Have

Embody Abundance

“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Embody abundance. I heard someone say those two words the other day. What does that mean, really? To truly embody abundance, do we need to have everything we want? Or can anyone who holds space for truth experience a way of being that is free of lack?

Maybe to embody abundance is to recognize the realness that underlies the illusory film that covers much of what we see in our day-to-day lives. Maybe abundance is always there, but we forget to see it.

In my day-to-day work, I usually get to practice from a home office. After moving 60 miles outside of the metro to a more rural area, I hardly ever go into the city anymore. I tend to like it that way, spending most days at home, either in a quiet space indoors or outside in the woods or garden.

When I do find myself navigating a more urban area, or even just venturing out of my familiar, natural spaces, my vision tends to get clouded with traffic, crowds, and consumerism.

When the clouds roll in, it is all too easy to forget the abundance that I am usually good at recognizing. Sometimes I forget to remember to see what I want to see. 

What if I could remember to look past the traffic, past the crowds, and past the consumerism? I wonder what that view could be like. I imagine it might show me wildflowers in the freeway ditches, insistent at opening their petals to the sun, despite the concrete that mars their view.

It might show me a person, or two people, or a group of five, interacting with themselves, each other, and creation in a way that honors honesty and cooperation. It might show me vibrant new ideas that refuse to be pushed aside standing next to the whisper of peace that always keeps watch under the dull hum of advertising and shopping malls. 

What if instead of seeing poverty, despair, pain, and cruelty in the world, we saw opportunities for growth, seeds of hope, room for healing, and the sharing of compassion? What if we could truly embody abundance in every thought? 

Maybe it would make a difference in the reality that we live. Maybe—even when in unfamiliar, chaotic territory—if we look past the veils, under the illusions, and through the empty material desires of the current human experience, we will recognize everyday abundance in all things.

Perhaps then we can embody our abundance to experience and remember all that is, absent limits and free of lack.

Perhaps we can each take our life situation for what it is—a situation—instead of a sentence or definition; busy or not, and let it be a way for our being, our true self, to experience all that is worth experiencing.

Each life situation is a unique chance to embody the abundance that is already in us. I can embody abundance. So can you. We just need to remember to do it.

So walk through a grove of aspen trees. Stand in a ray of sunlight in the middle of the city. Marvel at the way your physical body helps you carry out the mission of your soul. Focus. Spend time loving the present. Take some time off if serves you. Enjoy silence. Be loud when being loud helps. Dance with your baby, talk to your neighbor, let the snow or rain melt into your skin, and see the art in the world.

Look past the to-do list to what is. Find your abundance, and honor it.

Photo by geralt

About Heidi Barr

Heidi Barr is committed to promoting sustainable lifestyles, wellbeing and wholeness for people, communities and the earth.  Join her and four other writers in an exploration of contentment, self- compassion and simplicity by visiting Living Enough.  She can also be found at Embody Abundance, and looks forward to supporting you on your journey into fully embodying your true abundance.

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  • Like attracts like. Embody abundance and you will have abundance in all spheres of life

  • Thanks for the article Heidi. So often we forget to be grateful for all that we DO have because of the external pressures that vie for our attention. A few movements a day to reflect on our bounty makes all the other issue seem not so bad. Thanks again.

  • lv2terp

    Truly inspiring, insightful, awesome message!! Thank you for sharing your light!! 🙂

  • My favorite – let the snow or rain melt into your skin.

    I have these wonderful moments sometimes when I’m in a situation where things are kind of crazy, like standing in line for coffee, when I stop and think to myself – The world is not on my schedule.

    Then I take a deep breath, let go and actually enjoy that very short moment of A-ha!

  • growthguided

    Maintaining that perspective of “having lots already” is so key! I think a massive correction in your daily habitual mind can produce huge results. The cup half-full perspective on life is not just a saying or thought, but produces huge impact on your day if you are looking through the correct lens!

    Thank you for that great post

  • Beautiful post, great message, thank you!

  • Karla McEvoy

    Thank you for this post. It is so easy to forget about abundance when clouds appear! It still amazes me that all we need to do is become aware and abundance is right there waiting for us.

  • Heidi B.

    absolutely! what a difference a lens can make on so many things….

  • Heidi B.

    and when you do that often….all of those short moments start to add up 😉

  • Heidi B.

    and I return that light to you, in kind 🙂

  • Heidi B.

    agreed. it’s amazing what noticing our own bounty can do to help heal ourselves and others.

  • Heidi B.

    it amazes me too. i’m glad that abundance is on our side, even when we sometimes forget that it is.

  • By counting the blessings instead of troubles is one best way to be abundant in life with little. It is to focus on the bright side of every situation that can lead us to the abundance of having peace of mind and doing what is good. Thank you for sharing this brilliant post. I enjoyed reading.

  • RandyH

    Nice… really, really nice!

  • Moon Fire

    Sometimes we get consumed with life’s worries and forget how abundant and amazing life really is