We’ve heard all the quotes, “You are not your stuff,” “less is more,” “simplicity is bliss.” I repeat, tweet and pin these inspirational one liners all day long. The truth is however, even as a relatively organized person, I constantly struggle with attachment to stuff and a desire for more. It’s a natural tendency and our media obsessed culture does little to negate these impulses. Over the past few years, however, I’ve set an intention to shift my consciousness from a mindset of lack to mindset of abundance. Without changing my external circumstances, I am attempting to shift my perspective as a daily practice.
In today’s celebrity and notoriety obsessed world, we’ve become wired to compare, compete, and commodify everything. How many of us dream of fancy houses, and celebrity besties, smoother skin and a closet full of Manolo Blahniks? The truth is, and I can speak to this after working in Hollywood for ten years, most of what you see is an illusion. More stuff simply means more to clean, more house, more bills. That’s not to say that one shouldn’t have dreams or aspirations for improved circumstances, but just a reminder that where you are now has more to do with your perspective than any external circumstances.
Here’s a short list of things you can do every day to help anchor yourself in the present, with the confidence that you already have everything you need.
Create a gratitude journal: Daily, weekly or even monthly journaling is a great way to create awareness around all the things that are working in your favor. Make a list today of all the the things that happened for your greater good, large or small, within the last 24 hours. I started doing this several months ago and within the first few day, I was shocked when I read over my list and realized how many tiny miracles were happening every day.
Meditate: Whether it’s once a day or twice a day for ten minutes or twenty, a daily meditation practice is a great tool for grounding your awareness in where you are now. In a world where constant stimulation and obligation pull us toward an assumed future, it is very easy to miss miss out on here and now. Meditation is a totally free exercise in self care, and worth way more than the rush of new pair of shoes.
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