“If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
Abundance gets kicked around a lot as a buzzword in self-help and personal development spaces:
I want to address the idea of abundance on a much simpler, more practical level. If you are reading this right now on your computer, tablet, or cell phone that you’ve already paid for, you’re probably doing ok.
Which isn’t to say that you don’t have challenges.
It’s more to point out that you are enjoying a degree of privilege and comfort that many people in the world don’t enjoy.
Which isn’t about feeling guilty, just feeling humble and grateful.
Are there clothes in your closet you haven’t touched in awhile?
Paperwork piling up in your home or work office you don’t need anymore but that continues to haunt you?
Books, records, or DVDs staring at you from their shelves that you haven’t read, listened to, or watched in years?
If you have too much stuff, your life is abundant.
Knowing this, you may continue to stack mail on top of the existing piles of paper, shove new books in with the old, and purchase a DVD of your favorite movie because you tell yourself the story that the price was just too good to NOT buy it.
You may feel a pang of guilt when doing any of the above yet continue to repeat these actions without stopping yourself to ask why and simply push the feeling aside.
Living in developed countries, there are things that we purchase that serve or address a specific and practical need.
I can also guarantee you that there is stuff in your home right now that you do not need — but for some reason you needed to have.
Coming to terms with this abundance of physical objects that surrounds you is the first step in setting yourself free FROM clutter and stuff.
Remember the last time you took a trip and had only a suitcase or backpack and were completely engaged in your experience and didn’t feel like you were lacking anything?
That’s the feeling we’re trying to bring forward.
That’s the feeling of having enough.
You and the stories you tell yourself about the stuff that surrounds you is what’s keeping you stuck and at the same time encouraging you to focus on what is MISSING rather than on the many things that are PRESENT.
Here’s an exercise you can do when no one is looking that is guaranteed to shift how you relate to stuff and allow you to start releasing things immediately.
Turn to anything you wish you were done with, regardless of story.
Say out loud, “Thank you for being present in my life. You served me once and you no longer serve me now. I release you.”
This simple act of expressing gratitude AND acknowledging that you are finished with the object will loosen whatever grip that story and object previously held over you.
Repeat as needed and what you’ll find is that your gratitude and happiness will increase and your clutter will decrease.