Five Steps To More Abundance And Less Stress

Do you long for more abundance, and less stress? This article from the Chopra Center gives us 5 tips for stilling the voices of “not enough money, not enough time” and cultivating your sense of abundance.

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DEEPAK CHOPRA’s

Simple Steps to Cultivate an Abundance Mindset

Have you ever noticed that when you’re really worried or afraid about the things you
don’t seem to have enough of — like time or money — that it’s a lot harder to be
grateful and appreciative for what you do have?

Your anxiety is so big, it easily replaces your sense of abundance and fulfillment.
The fact is, most of us living in our modern world experience some fear around not
having enough money. You might think your fears are unavoidable and that you can’t
feel better until you have enough.

But according to world-renowned expert on mindbody science, Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, it’s actually the other way around . . . because the most crucial thing to understand about abundance is that it begins in the mind.

Think about it this way . . . do you believe you only lack something because you
haven’t yet found a creative way to solve the problem? Or do you believe there’s never enough to go around, unfair stuff happens, and there’s not much you can do about it?

Choosing a belief system that cultivates abundance is crucial, but it’s not something
most of us have been taught to do.

It is, however, something all of us can commit to learning. In fact, there are 5 keys to
cultivating an abundance mindset from Deepak in this very email that will get you
started.

The most important thing to recognize before you begin is that you are always
processing your life. There is input and output, forming a feedback loop.

Input is the term for all the experiences that come your way during the day, while
output is all your responses: your thoughts, words and actions. You are the one who
oversees both.

You sift through the input, evaluate it, and take what you like, while rejecting what
you don’t like. Nothing is more crucial than your contribution to the feedback loop:
You are the one who colors everything that comes your way, using intention, belief,
expectation, wishes, hopes, dreams and fears. No input is neutral, because you are
emotionally invested in your experiences.

At the other end of the process, when you produce output, you again color it the
same way. Your thoughts, words and actions indicate how involved you are in your
life. Thus the circle of personal reality is shaped, every minute of every day.
Abundance reveals itself when you build a feedback loop that can accept and build
upon what life has to offer.

Look at the familiar story of lottery winners who are worse off 10 years after their
sudden windfall. Why? Because they couldn’t adapt. They processed life on a limited
scale, and suddenly they were asked to process millions of dollars, massive
attention, public exposure, and the demands of people around them.

Unless you have prepared the way, abundance itself can turn into a drain on you.
The secret is to constantly build your capacity for abundance in small steps. Use
your small victories to create a new belief system, one that can accept higher and
higher levels of opportunity.

Try these 5 keys to cultivating an abundance mindset from Deepak today:

1. Turn negativity into positive action.
Take one thing today that you feel negative about. Before the day is out, take a
positive action that diminishes the negativity. That could mean standing up for
yourself, speaking your truth, fixing what can be fixed, asking for help, seeking wise
advice, walking away from things that can’t be fixed, reducing the stress, and looking
at your role in creating the negative situation. The possibilities are endless! What’s
important to recognize is that taking even the smallest of actions begins to change
the feedback you’re getting.

2. Don’t indulge the voice of futility.
“It’s hopeless. I’m helpless. Nothing will change or ever get better.” Everyone hears
these words; the voice of futility persists because we were all little children who felt
helpless and hopeless at times. If you indulge it, the voice of futility will pull you
down to its level. So reject the temptation to indulge in a defeatist viewpoint. Tell
yourself, “This negative voice isn’t me.” Gently but firmly reject the voice of futility,
and when any good thing happens, however small, remind yourself that the voice
was wrong.

3. Expand your awareness
The greatest enemy of abundance is contraction. When you find yourself in a tight
situation, feeling that there is no way out, drawing a blank when you try to think of
new solutions, or carrying around a heavy burden . . . these are signs of contraction
in mind, body, and spirit. Expansion is the great friend of abundance. It brings in the
light, opening up new possibilities. In a relaxed, open state, your awareness sees
farther, and life isn’t so confined.

How can you expand your awareness? The brain has a natural mechanism for
resetting itself and getting back into balance. Give this mechanism a chance by
setting aside time – even just a few minutes – for peace and quiet. Being under
pressure, putting up with noise and stress, and never stopping to relax are
counterproductive. Go into a quiet place and sit with your eyes closed. Let yourself
become centered again, and if you can, practice meditation.

4. Take full responsibility.
If you want a radical cure for being a victim of lack, here it is. Victims are dominated
by external forces—other people and circumstances—and since outside forces
cannot be controlled, it seems natural to give up responsibility for the bad things in
your life. “I can’t help it” is like a poisonous seed that keeps multiplying and growing.
The solution is to recognize that your situation will change only after you quit looking
outside and start taking responsibility.

In effect, you are saying something positive: This is my life. Abundance comes from
within. By taking responsibility, you accept everything, the good and the bad, as your
whole package.

5. Make full use of your successes.
While abundance means a flow of good things in unlimited supply, that doesn’t mean
it happens all at once like a thunderstorm quenching a parched land. The process of
abundance is more like attaining a skill. If you want to master walking a tightrope,
you start small and low to the ground, not big and high up. This actually ensures that
you will reach your goal.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by shortcircuiting the process of abundance. A lot of
things, including the wiring in your brain, must become organized around your goal.
Every wish brings a result. The world’s wisdom traditions teach this lesson. But they
also teach that results can be tiny, or mixed, or hidden from view because our
awareness is limited and distracted. It helps to know that the process will never let
you down—your every thought and intention becomes part of the feedback loop.

Mastering the art of cultivating an abundance mindset is just one important step in
opening to the universal flow of abundance, while following your heart and pursuing
your highest purpose.

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