This month at Inspire is all about ABUNDANCE. More than just financial health, abundance is a consciousness; a lens through which we look at our life. We can have an abundance of friends, food, good health, fun, and work opportunities. Practicing gratitude is a great way to strengthen this consciousness and literally multiply the good in your life.
I speak a lot about the benefits of a mindful gratitude practice. It's helpful to know that whatever we place our attention on multiplies and grows. Knowing this basic principle, why is it that more people don't feel like they're thriving in life?
There's a few common practices that will keep you feeling stuck in a cycle of lack and limitation. Let's look at these so we can cut the chords and LET THEM GO!
When you complain, the focus stays on what you don't like. Just like gratitude which multiplies the good in your life, complaining will multiply the undesired results and keep you in a cycle of discontentment and upset.
Worrying is like praying for the worst case scenario to happen. Stressing out about what "might" happen is a practice that bears no fruit. The future is a fantasy. It's also the place where most of your anxiety lives. Place your future in the loving hands of God (where it belongs) and do what you can to stay present to what's in front of you now. Also, why not anticipate the best case scenario? When I started to expect great things to happen... they did!
3. The "Only's"
Eric Butterworth was a wonderful prosperity teacher. He shared that many people suffer from "The Only's" ... this is a practice of poo-pooing the good that has manifested in your life.
Ex: "Yeah, I have money in my savings account but it's only $200."
Celebrate every time abundance has manifested in your life and you'll experience more of it!
Try: "I have TWO HUNDRED dollars in my savings account! I'm so grateful for this blessing. I can't wait to see all the ways prosperity will continue to manifest in my life!"
4. Comparing Yourself To Others
Comparison is the thief of joy. When I finally got that no one else can have what is supposed to be mine, I felt so free. That also meant, all the success that happens to others is their success to in-joy and I can celebrate that too. When we understand that the Universe is infinitely abundant we start to be grateful for everyone's success. Comparing yourself to others is like declaring that there's not enough to go around, mistakes happen, and other people are having the experiences that were meant for you. It's simply not possible.
Everything that happens is perfectly designed to support you in waking up to who you truly are ... so, there's always the opportunity to experience the best case scenario - you simply have to be open to see it. This is the difference between success consciousness and victim consciousness. A successful person understands that they are responsible for their life, a victim feels that they are at the mercy of a chaotic world.
Crossing the bridge to success simply requires the willingness to take responsibility for the thoughts you think. You get to choose where you place your attention and how you spend your time. A successful life begins with a shift in perception.
Jesse Brune-Horan is a Spiritual teacher and happy living expert. He's the co-founder & Spiritual director of Inspire Spiritual Community, a non-profit organization supporting the LGBTQ+ community. He's the host of the podcast "LGBTQ+ and Spiritual", and co-host of the lifestyle series "Super Easy with Jesse and Alison." He lives and Loves in Los Angeles with his husband Christopher and their family.