I have been familiar with the concept of abundance, health and joy and what it means globally but more importantly what it means to me personally. I have been aware of other interpretations part of the global perspective and even though I could relate to some of them, I thought that perhaps I have chosen the version that mostly made me feel the best at the present time but was it practical? In other words I doubted myself. I definitely practice the ongoing process of living simply with the abundance, health and joy that I share with the universe, accepting what is and making the best out of it, my doubt was incongruent with my life style. I had thought that out there all is about money, so perhaps I am missing the point in my own concept of abundance and living simply. What I do not doubt for one minute is that my living simply allows me to feel joy, even when I have a tendency in some instances to resist a particular experience. It is an ongoing process as it is to live in the present aware and alert. So, I felt, here there is an opportunity to grow, from my initial doubt, it seemed I had developed a contradiction about living simply and what abundance really means. I had no doubts about health and joy.
“When in doubt, do nothing, wait;
there will be a resolution before you know it.”
I have learned that when in doubt, do nothing, wait; there will be a resolution before you know it. Well, there it was, in my re-reading of books that I have read in the past, I started reading “The Presence Process,” by Michael Brown, the resolution to my contradiction happened. Through the reading, my interpretation and the global as well as the personal perspective the author shares, I realized that my doubt started with being influenced by the current times and what abundance meant for me in the past, unconsciously denied at times, it really was about money, and the global perspective I learned, also denied collectively to some extent, was about material possessions. So much information tells you to change this and that to attract what you want, place a picture of your favorite car on your refrigerator and so on and so forth. This general perspective had lost meaning because I got what I wanted and I realized that the time frame of enjoyment with any material possession or a relationship for that matter has no comparison to the feeling of permanent joy no matter what happens externally.
“…no one really is by a long shot, immune to external influences
where money is the main concern, although often denied as such.”
I had shifted my feelings and I placed money in a secondary level and had concentrated in enjoying my work, doing the best I could for myself and others. But in my awareness and desire of living simply in the present, I am not, no one really is by a long shot, immune to external influences where money is the main concern, although often denied as such. As you well know, our times are about money, mostly about not having enough, things are more expensive, and people are earning less or not earning at all. I work in an environment where all is about money to provide services, budget cuts, cancelation of programs, etc. In addition, we are so aware of the national debt, yet as a nation we still offering to help others disbursing billions of dollars that increases the national debt. In many ways the worldly financial situation is pretty messy. I had been affected and this was the root of my contradiction, which has been resolved. I am back on track!!!! I know individually through living simply we can rise above any worldly financial difficulties.
“Abundance is being grateful for all the physical, mental and emotional energies
that flow through our life experience.”
When I read that “abundance is being grateful for all the physical, mental and emotional energies that flow through our life experience,” I was truly blown away, it made so much sense. The flow of energy is essential to our human experience and our connection to our true nature, to that higher power each of us choose individually. Yet, knowing this deeply in my heart, at times I will doubt it; although more often than not I return to that energy flow that allows me to experience joy. Materialistically speaking, if one has lots of material possessions, one can be happy temporarily, but in reality without the universal life force energy flowing, it does not matter, there will never be any joy, there will always be the need for more. As I continued reading Brown’s book, even though I stay healthy, when I read that “health pertains to attending to the wellbeing of every aspect of our physical, mental, and emotional experience,” again, it made so much sense. Even though is denied out there, the normative underlining of abundance and health to create happiness is about money and/or appearance. It is not realized that, Brown explains, “happiness requires that “this” happens and that “that” does not happen, while money is just cash, and appearance is only skin deep.”
“…abundance, health and joy are not about happiness, money or appearances…”
Universally, abundance, health and joy are not about happiness, money or appearances, “instead, it is the means to prepare the garden of our life experience to plant, nurture, and bear the inherent fruits of the present moment awareness.” I have reinforced my desire to living simply, understanding that abundance, health and joy are inherent of the universal life force flowing within our being. There is no need for measurements, outcomes, or assessing results. If we accept one, we are accepting all. This is so true, unconditional joy brings abundance and health. Health brings abundance and joy. Abundance brings health and joy. Allowing ourselves to be present in the moment aware and accepting and being grateful of our physical, mental, and emotional energies we are joining the universal abundance, health and joy.
“Living simply is inclusive of cultivating our physical, mental and emotional energies,
enfolded in our spiritual existence.”
Living simply is inclusive of cultivating our physical, mental and emotional energies, enfolded in our spiritual existence. Abundance, health and joy is not an outcome, it is our nature, acceptance of it all. All is part of our human experience and what we need is provided because the joy of cultivating our body, mind and spirit enters the flow of the universe, there is no separation or denial. We accept within our joy that our garden will flourish and decompose, but the source of these beginnings and endings will always be there. Our joy includes knowing that we are part of these beginnings and endings as well as part of the universal source. Being grateful we are able to cultivate our body, the ability to take care of it is joyful; we exercise and eat well without struggle or depravation. The energy life force flowing within guide us to stay tune with our bodies and mind; we create our health and the joy in doing so. We cultivate mental and emotional balance. It comes natural when the energies that we are flow within us freely.
“You can travel through your human experience awake,
making healthy decisions that support
your spiritual growth.”
Our thoughts are inspired by our inner presence. The mind and the body become tools to feel the joy that we are. Living simply becomes natural. Enjoying our daily life turns into a habit, there is no measurements required. We accept what is as it is, we respond and apply our best. We stay aware in the present at all times to be consciously part of the universe in all its dimensions. If we forget, it is okay, we will return to it. The abundance, health and joy of living simply dissolve the need for stress, judgment, complaining, reacting, worrying, and fear. You can travel through your human experience awake, making healthy decisions that support your spiritual growth.