The Gift of Abundance

Do you find yourself focusing on what isn’t happening in your life? Perhaps you find yourself stressed out about something that hasn’t even taken place yet, imagining and envisioning its worst-case scenario. As you indulge in these negative thoughts, notice how everything tightens up, both inside and around you. By not living in the moment, scarcity—that feeling of constriction and lack—pulls at us.

By being present in the moment and relaxing into what is happening, doors open wide for us. Abundance is available here, in this very moment, through mindful breath, relaxation, and gratitude.

Consider abundance, not in its usual connotation of wealth and plenty, but in its more energetic experience, as the fullness of spirit, an overflowing of presence that brings us deep connection to the moment.

Here’s a practice with which you can experiment: Find a comfortable spot, either inside or outdoors. Sit and relax. Get even more comfortable, keeping your spine effortlessly upright, relaxing around any sensations in your body. Notice your breath and invite your mind to track your breath as it travels through your body. Offer these questions to yourself:

In this moment, what are the gifts that I have been given? What are three points of beauty and perfection around me? What are three things, in this moment, for which I am grateful?

Receive the abundance of these gifts as you breathe and relax.

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Aruni Nan Futuronsky is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, life coach, and Legacy Faculty member for Kripalu R&R and Kripalu programs.

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