Consider this, perhaps you do not have a money problem, maybe you just need to have your vision checked. Look all around you, what do you see? Do you see the richness of abundance or do you see lack and insufficiency? How easily we look at what we do not have and believe that there is not enough to meet our needs. There’s not enough money, enough time, enough skills, enough intelligence, enough beauty, enough energy, enough__________ (you fill in the blank).
This is called having a scarcity mindset. Scarcity is the belief that there is not enough to go around and that someone is going to have to do without.
By focusing on what we do not have creates suffering and suffering takes us out of the flow of abundance and when we are out of the flow of abundance, we are robbed of both clarity and creativity and the only alternative is lack.
In order to overcome lack, the first step is to recognize the various forms in which abundance surrounds us every day.
Recently, I spent the day with two of my close friends. We went shopping and had dinner together. While I did purchase something that I liked and that was within my budget, I realized what I actually felt most grateful for, was the time we all spent together, laughing and bonding while eating good food and not the cute shirt I purchased. So, for me, spending time and having deep connection with the people I care about enriches my life more. That’s what gratitude is. It is acknowledging that there is goodness in the world for all of us to experience and it doesn’t cost anything.
Financial Gratitude Activity: Create a “Gratitude Journal.” Find something that is beautiful and that really speaks to you. Label the top of your page- Vision and answer the following questions in your journal:
What am I grateful for today?
What brings me deep, soul-nourishing joy and satisfaction?
Now, on the opposite page of your journal entries draw, take a picture or cut out of a magazine something that depicts what you’re grateful for and that brings you soul-nourishing joy and satisfaction. Paste it into your journal and decorate the page.
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