More than enough

Jack sharing his evening snack with Eleanor

Jack sharing his evening snack with Eleanor

The thought that there isn’t enough (money, time, love, good ideas, opportunities, …..) is common to everyone. It is a part of the collective mind that hasn’t quite woken up yet. In this spiritually asleep state (even when we have everything we need in the moment) the mind will say, “Yes, but you might not have it next week, next month, next year, and what will you do then?” Fearful thoughts about the future are not Spirit/God warning us. God is not the spirit of fear.

Many times people will justify this fear of the future by saying they are just being responsible, but there is a world of difference between planning a happy life (which may include our imagined future) and fear that spending now will leave us destitute. When we’re in that mindset, it is really hard to listen to guidance; to the Still Small Voice. We make a new purchase, one that feels right, and if we have a strong lack-mentality, the mind will jump in and start analyzing and ripping the purchase to shreds, making us fear that we’ve made a mistake, doubting the voice that seemed to encourage us, paralyzing us. A mind possessed by fear of the future, fear that there won’t be enough of something at a later date when we might really need it, makes poor decisions. And even if we go ahead and do the thing we felt we should, or make that purchase, the mind won’t let us enjoy it.

When I find myself thinking and feeling this way, I now realize that it is just a pointer, a gentle reminder (although it certainly doesn’t feel gentle!) that I have temporarily forgotten a spiritual truth, and believed (again) the lie that I live in a Universe of scarcity, that there isn’t enough for me to live the life that I want to live, and that I’m alone. An exercise that Jack and I’ve been doing lately to keep our belief in the abundance of the Universe alive inside, is to say to each other at the end of the day, “Every need was met today wasn’t it?”

Right now, this moment. This is my life. When I stay here, all is well.

“If you want fear and terror on purpose, get a future.” Byron Katie

20 thoughts on “More than enough

  1. Okay, Mary, you’re under arrest for inhabiting my mind !
    I giggled through the first two paragraphs….”that’s me!” “that’s me!” my mind said. And yet.
    And yet, I volunteer for an organization in which we call seniors every day of the year to make sure that they are okay; whether they live alone, whether they are caregivers for someone with alzheimers or some other incapacitating disease, we call and each take one shift or two a week. I’ve done this now for eight years and I’ve come face to face with the reality of growing old in today’s world which offers less and less in the way of care unless you have the means to pay for it. A harsh reality sometimes. I do think of the future all the while knowing that the future is not in my hands but Someone Else’s. And then there are the choices we make. If, at the end of my day, I can feel as content within myself as I did when I woke up, that’s a good day. I’m going to reread your post this morning Mary; it’s a good one and right on the mark with me.
    Sandy P in Canada

    • It’s a big concept to accept, that the fear of lack actually brings it on, the fear of being alone, actually makes us feel lonely and I see this in my parents, as they age and didn’t have access to (or were not at the time interested in) seeing the world in a new way…thanks so much for sharing Sandy.

    • thank you for those sweet words Sandy…we all send you a hug today

  2. What I took from your post today, Mary, is to take it one day at a time. In today’s world, it’s very hard to NOT be fearful of what the future might bring. We are bombarded on all sides by very real stories of the devastation that LACK can hand us. So if we can handle each day and focus on that day, we may be better able to keep our feelings of fear in check. Was it Matthew who said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Another reminder to stay in the moment.

    • Thanks so much for this Suzanne…this ancient wisdom that we (at least I) seem to need to be reminded of all the time.

  3. Dear Mary, thank you for this beautiful post. Abundance is such a refreshing state of mind and being. I truly believe that the universe offers us infinite abundance…even when we get stuck in our doubts and forget to believe it! Abundance surrounds us….much like nature does. Sometimes all I have to do is look into the eyes of love that my dog, cat, horse shares with me…to know that abundance is alive and thriving.

    • I love the thought that this abundance is here “even when we forget to believe it!”…thank you for the wonderful reminder Debra

  4. My husband wanted a new compound bow for a while, so we picked out a new one for his birthday in January. He hasn’t had a chance to use it much yet, and has been having trouble with his hands and arms. An MRI found issues with his spine and we have an appointment with a specialist in 2 weeks. I did have a moment of thinking that we probably shouldn’t have bought the bow, then I regretted not getting it sooner.:) He has a long list of activities, from archery to drumming, that we need to make sure he can still do for many years!

    • Thank you Kathye…Jack and Eleanor were also the names of Jack’s parents (who also loved each other) and our Eleanor just adores Jack

  5. Abundance is one of my favorite words – even the sound of it, that happy “B” – bountiful, beautiful, abundant. And spring is the perfect time of year to notice nature in all its abundant blossoms, tiny shoots poking through hard trunks of trees, – what life force, what great mystery unlocking itself and sprouting forth, year after year. Maybe one of the reasons the 23rd Psalm is such a favorite – its first line, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”. . . all shall be provided. Trust and receive. Do not be afraid. Enough is plenty.

    • it is true love! Even when Jack comes home at night, as soon as his car pulls into the driveway, Eleanor runs to the door and waits (sometimes she seems like a dog in that way)…very sweet

  6. Great post Mary
    The Universe is ABUNDANT
    Here in Central America the fruit falls from the trees, gardens grow year round.
    The people are poor but they take care of their elderly.
    Thank you Sandy P for the priceless volunteer service you provide.
    I am currently reading a book which is full of inspiring ideas about community, abundance, well being. …
    “A Real Life ” by Ferenc Máté.
    Ideas which need to be shared for our enrichment as you do in your blog Mary.
    Blessings and abundance to all of you.

    • Blessings and abundance to you as well Monika and thank you for that beautiful (warm and lush) image!

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