Crystal Nicholls
Jun 18, 2018 · 2 min read

What does true abundance look like?

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What comes to mind when you think of abundance? Is it cruising along Beverly Hills in your Aston Martin? Hosting lavish parties in your eight bedroom mansion? More vacations? An additional 0 on your bank balance?

Sorry to burst your tyre but these are not images of abundance, but of limitation. I know, I know, crazy right? Please allow me to explain.

The truly abundant heart is already whole-Jack Kornfield

True abundance has no limit. It is knowing you are already all that you desire.

How many of you have feverishly worked towards your goals only to realize achieving them felt oddly anticlimactic? When we finally receive that pulitzer, that jaguar, the bonus at work, do we immediately ask, “what’s next?” What is it we truly crave as human beings? What is the difference between healthy and unhealthy desire?

I think everyone should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer. -Jim Carrey

While unhealthy desire comes from a place of lack and a small sense of self, a healthy desire comes from a place of wholeness. A healthy desire does not grasp. You can work toward a goal and let go of the outcome, resting in the assurance that you are complete without it. If you let go of any perceived outcome, your desires will become lamp posts on the path to your goals.

The importance of gratitude

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. -Oprah Winfrey

We can’t know true abundance if we never stop to count our blessings. List them, speak them aloud, acknowledge them with an open heart. If you make gratitude a habit, you will soon find yourself being thankful for situations that you never would have asked for in the past. When we practice gratitude we acknowledge our connection to the world and see our oneness with all consciousness. Gratitude is not just a practice but a way of being.

We will know true abundance when we realize it has nothing to do with changing our outer world, but knowing we are enough. Even though it is normal and human to desire bigger homes, more money and more accolades, it is important to remember we already have all we need inside of us.

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