With the days getting shorter and the holiday season fast approaching, along with all its pressures to buy gifts and experience this time of year in specific ways, it can feel difficult to stay connected to ourselves. Instead of letting these pressures distract us, we want to remain engaged with the gifts this time of year can offer anyone: a moment in our calendars to hit pause, reflect, and re-connect with ourselves.
As we pull out our sweaters and think about where we want to spend our time off from work this year, we have also been discussing abundance, nourishment, and mindful consumption. What are they, and why are they important? Everyone at EFLI has differing opinions about what these words and concepts mean, so we wanted to share them here.
First up: What is abundance?
Abundance means not just having enough, but having more than enough. When you have abundance in your life, you accept what you have and don’t ask for more.
The feeling of having plenty of something, whether it’s a literal object or a feeling of love or connection, is my definition of abundance.
I feel abundance when I am able to see the good in situations, and when I feel capable of shifting my mindset from one of fear towards one of bravery.
When I have an abundance of resources, that means I have all the tools I need to do what I want to do. This makes me feel capable, empowered, and confident.
Abundance is the ability to fully enjoy what you have, without guilt.
Abundance is the feeling of having enough while also knowing that there is enough for everyone's needs to be met.
I think abundance can be a mindset (i.e. the difference between have a poverty mindset vs. a mentality of abundance). When we operate from a place of abundance, we are filled with gratitude, generosity, caring for others, and a deep sense of possibility.
Abundance is contentment. When I experience it, I have a feeling that I can share openly, because there is nothing I have to protect or hold back.