Why should we wait until we’ve made more money, accomplished the goal, married the person, raised the child, visited the place, or stumbled upon extra time before we’re allowed to enjoy life and feel blessed to be alive? If you’re like me, and you want to live an abundant life in this moment, please keep reading.
“You attract and manifest whatever corresponds to your inner state.” – Eckhart Tolle
There are so many ways for us to approach abundance; there are meditations, visualization exercises, and spiritual practices galore that work for people all over the world. This post focuses on laying a foundation for an abundant life, and highlights some achievable ways we can all enrich our lives right now, right here, in this place.
This definitely doesn’t need to be a spiritual practice for you if that’s not your thing. Human beings want fulfillment and meaning in their lives, and deliberately creating life experiences that feel abundant to you is one path to a deeply satisfying life.More than anything, enjoy life. Enjoy yourself. Click To Tweet
I hope these suggestions help you enjoy more, more often.
4 Tips to Help You Live an Abundant Life Right Now
1. Understand (really understand) how important the concept of awareness is.
The easiest way to dwell in the energy of what you want, without getting sidetracked by what you don’t want, is to become so acutely aware of your emotions and thoughts that you become quicker at identifying negativity.
The quicker you acknowledge a thought that doesn’t feel good, the easier it is to redirect to some other thought that feels better.
It always sounds too simple (even to myself) when I write about awareness, but it’s not cause for dismissal. Truly, simplicity is powerful when we look a little further into it. Honing our awareness, I think, is an experience we never grow out of, because it’s the master key to unlocking new patterns of thinking, and living.
When you apply your attention in a very deliberate way, you’ll begin to see how powerful you really are, in that you already have the capacity to dissolve old patterns and see new patterns emerge. You can change your entire life this way.
If we aren’t aware that we’re thinking a certain (kind of) thought hundreds of times every single day, how can we transform it? If we don’t recognize that a particularly painful emotion is connected to this thought, how can we feel better except by chance of external intervention?
In other words, it’s possible that something will happen to you that will change your life for the better, but it’s much more productive and likely that you become the source of your own transformation.If you feel like something is missing in your life, make sure it's not YOU. Click To Tweet
Getting laser-specific in your focus—paying close attention to how you feel, what you’re thinking, and what you’re saying and doing—makes it possible to either transform the experience into something else or enhance it.
It’s possible to create the reality we actually want to live in, but we can’t do that without awareness.
The clarity you’ll gain from such a simple concept is crystalline, and it’ll guide you to take deliberate action toward living an abundant life rather than one that feels as if something is missing.
2. Fixate on what you do want.
In every single moment, whether you’re aware of it or not, you’re asking for more of what you’re currently paying attention to. If you’re paying attention to what you’re paying attention to (awareness), you get to ask deliberately, on purpose.
If I’m constantly focusing on how much I don’t have—not enough time, not enough money, not enough clothes, not the car I want, not the house I want, not the statistics I want—I’m emitting the vibration of not having enough (or any) of whatever that thing is, and that’s the experience I’m validating.
This sounds (and feels much, much) better: I see what I do have, and give thanks for having anything at all. I concentrate on what I want in such a way that I feel the feeling I’d have if I had it. I think about having this experience until I feel it—right then, I experience the fulfillment of my desire right now.You are magnet, in that you attract, by default, the things which have won your attention. Click To Tweet
If you want something, imagine yourself living the experience of having it; keep doing that, in faith that in this moment you’re on the same energetic frequency of that experience. In doing so, it must come closer to you.
You only attract what matches you on an energetic level. You cannot think and BE about the absence of something and attract that something into your life—you’ll only attract the continued absence of that thing.
An easy way to know whether you’re focusing on what you want or what you don’t want is to check in with how you’re feeling. What you want feels good, and it’s exciting to think about it coming your way. What you don’t want feels no good, and it’s frustrating to think about because it’s not here yet.
Here’s my example:
Thinking about a new home feels good to me; I feel excited by the potential. I imagine how the wood will feel under my feet, and how my yoga studio will be decorated. I look online for inspiration. I am thankful for where I live right now, because it’s a stepping stone in the right direction. I know I can get there.
Thinking about not having the home I want feels frustrating, even depressing. I look at where I am now and I worry that I’ll be here for much longer than I want to be. I see every flaw and point it out to others. I count the days I’ve been here. I can’t imagine being grateful for being somewhere I don’t want to be.
There’s a dramatic difference between these two stories. Consider your own desires, and pay attention to how you feel when you walk through your stories. Pick the one that feels good, and make it a more concrete vision in your mind every time you visit it. Let it be fun, exciting, and certain. Fixate on it.
3. Live in certainty.
The fact that you don’t have the thing you’ve been thinking about is no cause to believe that it’s not on its way to you. Some things take more time than others to manifest, but you are always attracting because you are always asking and being answered.
Asking and attracting is the easy part (you’re always thinking about something, feeling something, focusing on something). The answering part is not yours to worry about at all (that’s the instant response that ensures you’re always getting what you’re giving your attention to).
The receiving part is where it might seem tricky.
If you’re frustrated about not receiving/manifesting what you want, consider your story again. Are you coming from a place that feels good? If you are, there are a few exercises you can try to help you feel like you’re being taken care of no matter what.Live in the certainty of what is coming, and there will never be anymore manic manifesting. Click To Tweet
Here are some powerful ways you can live in certainty, sincerely respect the process, and trust in the timing of your path:
- Let go of the “how” and be in the “now.” Envision the experience you desire, feel how wonderful it will feel, and release how it will happen. Don’t concern yourself with every detail. Have reverence for this one moment (it’s connected to anything you want, anyhow).
- Affirm that there’s not just one way of receiving the experience you want to have. (These affirmations for abundance might help.)
- Surrender what you can’t, and aren’t meant to, control. Consult whatever higher power, intelligence, and loving presence you believe in. Actually ask for help and give thanks for the support, replenishment, and faith to walk the process with patience. (I like my universe box.)
- Take inspired action. Surrendering what’s beyond your necessary capabilities allows you to then feel supported, and to take the next action that feels right and good to you. Do something for the pure joy of it, and do all things with this loving focus. Life will respond.
You don’t need to be certain of how things play out exactly; the only thing to be certain of is that you’re being taken care of in a real and lasting way. This is the space of receiving.
4. Bless everything that you give.
Something Marie Forleo said struck a chord with me: “Anytime you part with money, bless it and say – ‘There’s always more where that came from.’” Why have I never thought of that?
I think we’re brought up in this world to see everything as a limited resource: “Life is short;” “Money doesn’t grow on trees;” “There’s not enough for everyone;” “I don’t have time.” What if we were to try something different, to look at all of these “finite” resources from a new perspective?
Look at the dollar in your wallet. Focus on what you’ve been given. Focus on it until you feel grateful for it. What a blessing to have anything at all—a dollar, a wallet, somewhere to put that wallet, a means of paying for what you need.
Money isn’t the only thing we give, of course. We give our time, we give our advice, we give gifts, we give away things we don’t use anymore, and so on.
Whenever you find yourself in the position of giving, try blessing that “gift,” acknowledging that you’re participating in the recycling of energy. What goes around must come back around—usually in another form and manner, but it’s a cycle.Give, knowing full well that genuine generosity is responded to in kind, one way or another. Click To Tweet
You’re in the dance of life on earth, which is all-inclusive. Once you’ve fully accepted the role of being a port for all things coming and going, there will be no giving without receiving.
- How do you want to live; how do you want life to feel like on the inside?
- What experience are you excited about bringing closer?
- What experience are you living now that you know is a result of how you’ve lived in the past?
Please share your thoughts on living a truly abundant life, favorite manifesting practices that work for you, what you enjoy and want more of (and are focusing on), what you’re excited about, and any helpful or inspiring stories with me in the comments.
Please share this post with someone who is worthy of a life they absolutely love and feel good living.
To live an abundant life, we need to think abundant thoughts and sit with their accompanying emotions: thoughts of having, feelings of fulfillment; thoughts of appreciation, feelings of joy; thoughts of support, feelings of peace.