Living an Abundant Life despite the Crisis

Watch the waves in the ocean. The higher the wave goes, the deeper is the wake that follows it. One moment you are the wave, another moment you are the hollow wake that follows. Enjoy both–don’t get addicted to one. Don’t say: I would always like to be on the peak. It is not possible. Simply see the fact: it is not possible. It has never happened and it will never happen. It is simply impossible–not in the nature of things. Then what to do? Enjoy the peak while it lasts and then enjoy the valley when it comes. What is wrong with the valley? What is wrong with being low? It is a relaxation. A peak is an excitement, and nobody can exist continuously in an excitement. (Osho Returning to the Source Chapter 4)

It is nearly a year now that everybody leaves with a word crisis on the lips. It became the Word of the Year. I was the one scared of it too in the beginning until I realized that perhaps it is more of a crisis of perception and self-definition more human crisis than a financial one. Everything is still here; no continents or oceans have been lost. What has changed is how people evaluate materials and services, how we exchange our life energy and how we want to live our lives.

I mean it’s not about the loss of any real estate or other “real” thing, rather it is more about our expectations and fears, our perceptions and system of values. Yeah, we created a fantasy world around the things we value, and since it is mostly external stuff, others can easily take it away or change it. And fools who define themselves in terms of what they can possess do abound.

Albert Einstein said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” If we stand in the same location where the problem resides, we will never be able to see the problem clearly and find an effective solution.

I used to have a lot of financial problems this year. By I’m trying to tackle them from a different angle. Sitting and crying over the lack of money won’t make you happier. Having a lot of money won’t make you happier either if you have a poor mentality. Living an abundant life is everyone’s dream. We all want to live a prosperous life where we can be happy and fulfilled. While it may seem difficult for some people, in reality, we already have what it takes to live an abundant life. The most important ingredient for abundance is attitude, and your attitude is something you can control.

With that in mind, here are 7 valuable tips to help you live an abundant life:

1. Stop saying you are what you do

Your self-definition should include more than your career: Do less, Be more. Stop saying, “I am a lawyer,” or “I am a nurse.” Replace these “I Am” with the statement, “I work as….” e.g. “I work as a nurse…” You will still be you long after your job or career has changed or disappeared. I somehow switched to it unconsciously. Being on the edge of losing my job, I realized I have realized there are tons of other opportunities for me.

2. Don’t be a Material Girl or Boy

Don’t be a slave to the material world. In the past century, the world economy has depended on ever-increasing levels of conspicuous consumption. A deficit of economic and personal resources has followed. Sacrificing your mental, physical and spiritual health for addiction to material junk is insanity. Stop it now. Material possessions can’t buy you love, happiness, or inner peace, and you can’t do it with you when you go.

3. Focus on abundance and forget about money

There is a wealth of beauty around you, awaiting your appreciation, regardless of your socio-economic status in life. Slow yourself down, smell the roses, watch the sunset, eat the wild berries. No one has yet cornered the market on Joy, and spiritual bliss is in the public domain.

4. Be confident and stop fearing

Your fear about the future cannot help you now. But worrying about it can definitely impact your present. Develop confidence based on internal self-mastery. Be the Change you want to see.

5. Breathe

Breathe each full, deep, conscious breath is a gift and holds the potential for higher awareness, inner peace, and joy. And it’s free!

6. Invest in your mental and spiritual health

Your financial investments are dependent upon the value others place upon them. Your personal valuation and self-worth depend only on how you perceive yourself and your function in the world, to create and build it. Realize you are remarkable.

7. Have abundance mentality

Abundance mentality says that there is enough for everyone, so someone else’s gain is not your loss. This is the opposite of scarcity mentality which means that there is only a fixed amount of reward, so someone else’s benefit is your loss. By having an abundance mentality, you won’t feel envy when someone else succeeds. You know that you can have your success

NB: Living an abundant life means you should be able to enjoy your life now without waiting for something big in the future. You don’t need a certain amount of money or a specific level of success to be happy. You can be satisfied right now with what you have.

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