How To Live A Spiritually Abundant Life
“To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance” -Buddha
Spiritual abundance gives us a fresh view and appreciation for the fullness of life. “Enough is a feast” as quoted by Buddha. What is enough? What is a satisfying life? What is a successful life? The strong ambition to succeed, advance, and have higher aspirations are admirable traits. However, the illusions of satisfaction and material abundance leave us languishing for more and often comparing ourselves to others. The endless struggle for security and happiness is a hollow victory with a need to fill this emptiness at the core. Buddha quotes, “Satisfied life is better than a successful life. Because our success is measured by others. But our satisfaction is measured by our own soul, mind, and heart”. The human experience is fraught with constant change, loss, and recovery but our spiritual essence is unchanging and eternal.
Abundance is our divine birthright and surrounds us in our daily life. The wealth of abundance can be expressed through selfless service; and is plentiful as we experience and reflect on the beauty of nature, laughter of children, wisdom of elders, and inspiration from creative arts. Spiritual abundance is sustainable, brings everlasting peace; and can be achieved by being generous, content, simplistic, and gracious.
Generosity of spirt is marked by being benevolent, thoughtful, and spontaneous through acts of loving-kindness. “A generous heart, kind speech, and compassion are the things which renew humanity” as quoted by Buddha. Generosity is an ingredient of love that is a cure for self-absorption. When I was going through a hard time with attention focused on myself, I volunteered at the Children’s Hospital. It was a life-changing experience serving coffee to parents, engaging with children in the Activity Center, and greeting parents and children entering the hospital. Gandhi quotes, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. I found this to be true. Generosity enables us to focus our thoughts on doing something for others and what we love. As Henry Drummond quotes, “To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever”. Being generous is a loving expression of our natural self and opens the door to abundance.
How can you feel more content? Contentment brings sustainable peace, satisfaction, and joy. It gives us a new perspective on life and reduces stress. The insatiable desire for more can distract us from what we already have. Contentment brings a wealth of abundance. As Buddha quotes, Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship”. Trusting, allowing, and accepting life as it enables us to extract the gifts from valuable lessons and know that our needs are met. The practice of non-attachment alleviates needless suffering and awakens us from the illusion of ownership and possession. Being non-resistant opens us to the natural flow of life. “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality” -Lao Tzu.
Contentment is not being stagnant or settling for a mediocre life. Flow with life and continue to learn and grow. Fulfilling our purpose is not some distant goal in the future but is evident through daily acts of loving-kindness that are priceless.
Simplicity is liberating. “Greater happiness comes with simplicity than complexity, as quoted by Buddha. Adopt a simplistic and minimalistic mindset by physically, emotionally, and spiritually letting go and releasing excess baggage. This gives us the chance to downsize, slow down and renew our lives. Being simplistic enhances self-discipline and enables us to manage and organize our lives. As we become more self-aware, we can discern unnecessary distractions and tendencies to acquire more. After spending time in the East, I learned to be present and live simply which was a contrast from my previous life experience. Upon return, when entering my home, I literally gasped for breath and asked myself, “Where did all this stuff come from?”. It was like seeing my home for the very first time. I started cleaning, clearing, and donating items. This was uplifting and gave me a feeling of freedom.
Being gracious is a charming, loving, and elegant state of being. A gracious person has a sense of propriety, demonstrates loving qualities, and compliments others. Be the good shepherd and beacon of light and joyful abundance will manifest throughout your life. As Rumi quotes, “Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder. Help someone’s soul heal. Walk out of your house like a shepherd. Trusting divine guidance and our connection with Source gives us a feeling of tranquility. As we align with the creative energy of the universe, we draw on the infinite supply of spiritual prosperity and share with others.
Take the path toward living a spiritually abundant life and tap into the infinite source of supply. Live in abundance and attract your heart’s desires. Today and every day be thankful. Radiate love within that brings peaceful satisfaction. Journal on spiritual abundance and what it means to be generous, content, simplistic, and gracious. See how it makes a difference in your life. Let love be your lodestar. Be grateful and celebrate your spiritual abundance!
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