ABUNDANCE for WHOM | I have been meditating a bit on the word “abundance” – it still dances with me in its complexity and paradoxes. As you know, the word often suggest “wealth” as in “material wealth,” but, it may not necessarily be so all the time, perhaps its meaning goes further and deeper and it may speak to a profound human yearning of a humanity that manifest itself daily in it most generous and empathic way – another way of being, a higher state of mind; others speak of it as a higher level of consciousness – constant challenges in our lives could also be remarkable inspiring.
- “I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
My struggle is my duality, a friend recently told me over lunch – the fact that I have needs & wants, yet, I also know that I have friends, relatives, even neighbours here and beyond our immediate geographical borders that have little, or very limited resources, are confronted by scarcity on a daily basis, and cannot even feed their families properly. I am worried, he continued, about my own “mental walls” metaphorically speaking – and because of it, I feel my empathy for “the other” keeps going down another notch.
- “I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert
I can appreciate that of course, abundance does not necessarily has to address every single human concern, but, I ask myself; shouldn’t the basics be covered for everyone – this is humanity’s greatest challenge at this time. As a growing number of us struggle with limited resources; part of the so called “gig economy” – they find themselves often under stress on that proverbial “Camino del Proximo Cheque” – the way to the next paycheque – yet, in their daily rituals, they take a moment to acknowledge “abundance” in a deep vow of gratitude for what is given, received, manifested and accomplished over a period of time. Some words of wisdom here https://youtu.be/XdhG7WX9Fmg – by Mark Pagel, author of The Natural History of Human Cooperation …
- “You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.” – Khalil Gibran
I am sure the word “abundance” has a range of meanings, based who you ask & their particular station in life, their ethno-cultural backgrounds and upbringing. To some it is fullness, not needing anything, complete sustainability as it were. To others it has to do with resilience, strength of convictions, and gratitude for everyday things in their lives. Or some may say sunshine days, the joys of friendships, able to exercise safely, the arts.
To others it means there I always plenty of what life offers naturally, enough for everyone, food, shelter, love, etc., and that we must remove the word scarcity from our mind set. There are those who may speak of transitions from the personal to the collective and vice-versa. Others see the personal experience simply as a singular event, not connected to anything else but his or her own “energy field” – so to speak. Few see it as a blessing, a pure heart and a soul full of grace. Carine Clark explores as much in her inspiring TED Talk © https://youtu.be/h0q5H0Vz5Ow …
- “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir
I truly believe – as it has already been demonstrated over 30 plus years through the Gaia Principles https://www.thegaiaprinciples.com/ – that everything including humans is indeed interconnected, and that we are not island of perpetual loneliness. In fact, early societies tended to favour models of cooperation within and without to reach what may have been to them the often elusive balance & equilibrium (healing) we seek in our times.
- “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer
Is abundance circumstantial leadership and policies? Predetermined by ancestry, family of origin, geography, social standing, or a series of opportunities you may or may not see through, saw coming or felt moving through your field of vision & understandings? I am one of those who are constantly struggling to bridge the personal with the collective; so as I ponder abundance at a personal level, I keep thinking, how do we rise to meet the planetary challenges confronting us all and undoubtedly our political leaders?
Are we capable of truly focus with generosity and a “higher consciousness” on what is the essential question today – how do we as species move forward, how do we go from the “me-to-the-we.” Economist & Social Progress expert Michael Green invites us to imagine https://youtu.be/o08ykAqLOxk what is possible between now and 2050. –
About: Leo Campos A. is a Bilingual Storyteller, Community Organizer|Cultural Worker, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate, Personal Coach, Translator|Interpreter and Conscious Advertising Professional, based in Edmonton (Canada). He is also a part-time advisor & community outreach person with the cloud platform Wayfinders Business Cooperative ©