Abundance is available all around us, in us, 24×7, and it is free!
What you don’t have will always torment you. And what you have will almost always be taken for granted; in fact, it will often be forgotten! If you can swap these two patterns of thinking, you will arrive at a perpetual state of inner peace and happiness! Which is, take for granted what you don’t have and instead rejoice over what you do have!
Two days ago, Vaani and I had to cross a busy, one-way street – full of people, speeding vehicles, hawkers and litter! We had just finished a rather exacting day – having had to examine a fully-blown, 70mm, version of our Life and our immediate, attendant problems. By the evening, we were exhausted, battered and bruised. But crossing the busy street required deft negotiations with drivers who were in a tearing hurry, who were unwilling to stop to make way for us. And when a good bloke did slow down, fellow pedestrians elbowed us and lunged forward to scoot across with Bolt-like efficiency! So for several minutes we were waiting, and waiting, to cross the street. At one point, I realized, Vaani was holding my hand. It was a beautiful moment of discovery. It was energizing. I realized how blessed I was, in these times, to have a companion that, literally, was willing to walk hand in hand with me. I was drenched in the abundance of that moment, in the beauty of that realization! All our problems seemed momentarily insignificant. What mattered was the joy of knowing how blessed my Life is! I actually had this song from Tapasya (1976, Anil Ganguly, M.G.Hashmat, Ravindra Jain, Kishore Kumar, Aarti Mukherjee, Parikshit Sahni, Rakhee) arise to play in my head just then!!!
Abundance is available all around us, in us, 24×7, and it is free. But we don’t even consider it as available. What hogs human attention, most of the time, is the negativity that we create around us. And from within us. Everything seems to be wrong with the world. Hunger, disease, suffering, terrorism. And everything seems to be wrong with your world. Lack of time. A job you dislike. A relationship you would rather not be in. Financial insecurity. A sense of lack of direction and Purpose in Life. And, perhaps, a lot, lot more – you have so many problems that an immediate shortlist is, well, impossible; it is always a long litany of woes! Then there’s your view of the world. Where you imagine that others are always better off, happier, wealthier than you are. So, that comparison unleashes a whole set of new problems – both imagined and real! With so much negativity, how can one tune into abundance?
Staying wedded to what you don’t have is why you are steeped in scarcity thinking. Celebrating and loving, and being grateful for what you have is abundance thinking! Noted author and speaker, my guru, Dr.Wayne Dyer, explained it so simply, so powerfully: “Abundance is not something we acquire. Abundance is something we tune into.”
Indeed, to be happy and peaceful we have no other choice but to celebrate the abundance in and around us! And to celebrate abundance, we must align our intention, attention and energy! All of us have the right intentions. Because none of us wakes up planning or wanting to do a bad job or to live unhappily. So, from an intention perspective, we are all winners. Each of us wants to do good, be happy and be successful. But where is our attention? Almost all of the time, our attention is not on what we want to do or what we want to become. That is, our attention is never on our intention. Our attention is on what we don’t have, on our wants and on what worries us. So, fundamentally our attention is steeped in scarcity while our intention is to be soaked in abundance. Isn’t it jarring? Yengeyo Yetho Udhaikithu-illaya?
That really explains why we are all caught in the throes of depression and suffering. Being grateful for the blessings and abundance in your Life is a sure way of driving out depression. None of us forgets to brush our teeth in the mornings. But how many of us remember to be grateful when we wake up for another day to live, another day to love and be loved, another day to serve and be served?
Here’s a deal: forget the Life you have had so far, consider how you want to live the rest of your Life! Look at, and celebrate, what’s available – than what is missing! Then you will discover that your Life is always soaked in abundance!