That word "abundance" can mean a lot of things. It use to mean "money" to me. More money meant more freedom, more peace of mind, more fun, more...
Especially if you live from a place of "scarcity" in your mind believing you don't have enough. Believing you'll be happy when...
My spiritual teacher Matthew states that the definition of insanity is believing you'll be happy when you get what you don't already have. A powerful statement. And true.
I've come to see that abundance doesn't necessarily represent what we don't have and want, but seeing clearly what we have, and appreciating it.
Today, see the miracle of waking up in the morning. See the miracle of a snow flake. Feel the touch of a child's hand, hear the sound of a bubbling brooke, or the smell of your favorite food. Experience gratitude for your teeth that can chew, and the eyebrows that keep sweat out of your eyes.
I love to watch my cat clean himself, and simply sleep, watching his body rise and fall as he breaths. It reminds me how perfect life is, what a miracle it is. He's not thinking about the past and the future with regrets or worry, but being totally present. He's my little Buddha, reminding me everyday to be here, right now.
Having and knowing abundance is to truly experience life right now, not down the road. Not when you get married, have kids, retire, get the new job, leave the old job, have your parents be exactly like you want them to be, get that perfect dress. None of that will bring you happiness. It's within you, right now, appreciating this very moment of life and the stunning nature that it is.
Take a look around you. What do you see? What are you thankful for right now. Not in the future, but right now.
It doesn't mean you don't set goals for yourself financially or with other parts of your life, but it means you appreciate what you have right now, you find happiness and gratitude in what you have right now, AND be clear on what you want to create for the future.
So today, write down five things you are grateful for. From the smallest thing like the fork you eat with, to the big stuff like the sun shining. Do this everyday for a week, and notice how you feel inside. Notice how it changes your perspective on life. Notice.