Working on an Abundance Mindset may be the single most powerful work you will ever do. Whether you feel like you never get a lucky break, are always cheated out of love or never have enough to pay the bills, it is always the abundance versus scarcity mindset at play.
Last time I asked you to think about everything you ‘learned’ about money, love, your body, success. If you missed that blog, you can read it here
Did you have any ‘aha’ moments? Did you take the time to think back and really make the connection between the belief, the person who ‘taught’ you about it and how it is playing out in your life today?
Let’s look at a couple of examples that will help you with your own work:
The Belief: I can never get ahead. There is never enough. Money goes out faster than it comes in. Money doesn’t grow on trees. (Well, actually it kinda does…most money contains paper to some degree so it does, technically grow on trees!)
The Origin of the Belief: This lesson came from my mother. At first, I agree that this describes my experiences related to money. I note examples of it in my life. Bills piling up, overspending, no savings in sight.
Challenging the Belief: (This is what I need to explore) Why is this true in my life? Why do these statements define my experiences? Technically, those were my mother’s experiences with money. And she sought to teach me through her interpretation of those experiences. This does not have to be my story. I don’t want it to be my story.
Changing the Belief: I can change the story.
I can consult professionals to reduce my current debt: Https://www.nomoredebts.org
I can increase my earnings: ask for a raise; get a temporary second job
I can reduce my spending: create a budget; stop impulse buying
I can increase my savings: put aside 10.00 per week beginning January 1 and have 520.00 to spend by December or I can start today and have 600.00 by December
Remember, believing in something always makes it seem true! Let’s try another one:
The Belief: There is nobody out there for me. Love is for someone more beautiful, sexier, smarter, thinner, richer or fill in the blank for whatever you think you don’t have.
The Origin of the Belief: I may have heard this from someone else OR more likely, I will have assumed that I am unlovable or undeserving of love because of the way I interpreted a childhood experience.
Challenging the Belief: Why is this true in my life? Who hurt me? What experiences make me believe this to be real? How long ago did these things happen? Are they still relevant? This does not have to be my story. I don’t want it to be my story.
Changing the Belief: I can change my story.
I can think about the fact that there are about seven billion people in the world ready for love.
I can focus on loving myself and making my life wonderful and exciting by spending more time at the yoga studio, taking a night school class, travelling alone, joining a club
I can be grateful for all the beauty and love that already exists in my life
I can practice mindfulness
I can truly believe and be open to love
Developing an Abundance Mindset means challenging every single scarcity thought and believing, truly believing that there is more than enough love, money and success to go around in this world. Limiting thoughts and beliefs create blocks which prevent the flow of energy. Love is energy, money is energy, we are beings made of energy. The biggest energy blocks are created by fear, hurt and resentment for which the only cure is forgiveness. The Abundance Mindset simply cannot gel without forgiveness. My workshops teach that:
Unforgiveness or resentment is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die
We are not really certain where that saying came from, some say The Buddha. For me, it truly expresses the harm that holding on to past hurts can bring to our present lives.
I have given you lots to think about! Work through the concepts. Think about challenging the beliefs you wish to change. Think about creative ways to accomplish the changes. Think about changing often throughout your day. Say, “I am willing to change’. Make it your yoga intention; integrate the work into your life. Use the example template I provided.
Prepare your mind for next time when we explore forgiveness work. See if you can say this,
“I am open to forgiving (think about someone who hurt you)” if you feel resistance, don’t push it.
See if you can say this instead, “I am open to the thought of forgiving (in general terms)”
This will begin the healing process and prepare you for the challenging work of forgiveness.
You can do this. I believe in you. You deserve to have a life full of love, prosperity and happiness.
If you have any questions or want to delve deeper, please write to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by: Pina Marino, Self-Care Educator