Earlier in January, I was at my weekly Toastmasters meeting. At the end of the meeting, one of my fellow Toastmasters and good friend, offered the group a beautiful question about planting seeds. She asked us what kind of seeds we would like to grow. Immediately I wanted to share that I would plant seeds of abundance. Abundance can mean many different things to many different people. I have always associated it with wealth, money and material things, but over the past couple of years that has shifted. I now focus on planting seeds of spiritual abundance. This consists of being in nature, having a greater appreciation for being healthy and finding joy in the simple moments that are filled with an abundance of inner peace, love and gratitude. I took this theme further and signed up to be the Table Topics Master, which is part of the Toastmasters weekly meetings. I came up with a series of questions to ask individuals to speak about regarding what abundance means to them. This experience was powerful and inspired everyone. The creativity that came out of a couple of questions around abundance was filled with positivity and hope for the future.
This inspired me take this theme one step further and bring it into my newsletter. The timing is perfect with the state of the world. We can all use a huge boost of abundance in every area of our lives at this point. The biggest one is giving and receiving an abundance of love to the world, to those who are suffering and holding the space for healing, love and light. I have been trying (it’s not always easy…) to focus on visualizing the world in a better way that is healthy, healed and at peace with our differences.
One of the questions I asked was “Fast forward 100 years. What will abundance look and feel like in the future?” What I envision for the world 100 years from now is the opposite of how it currently is. Imagine for a moment what our world would look and feel like if there were no wars and everyone comes together as one to celebrate our differences. A world where it doesn’t matter what we look like, where we are from or what we believe in. A stronger connection to nature, less materialistic wants, shopping locally and being mindful of where products are made and come from. And, gardening….. connecting with the earth and how to grow our own food is becoming more and more important. This is something I am more interested in learning how to do. I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but my desire to learn about gardening is something new for me to experience this spring and summer. Living in harmony with the seasons, keeping things simple and having a greater appreciation for the small everyday moments, which is what haiku represents. An interest in haiku, spirituality, mindfulness and how it serves as a time out and the opportunity to breath, slow down and connect with the stillness within. Life moves at a slower pace, we will be healthier, take care of ourselves better and be at peace within which will give us more joy, connection and community. Less social media and more in person connections. There will be no lack of food, money or resources. Our economy will not be driven on making money, but instead it will already be abundant, prosperous and grounded in security where there is no lack. Some might think this is unrealistic, but I believe it can happen. I’m holding this vision and hope you will too, the more positive we are in the middle of chaos and confusion, the more we can spread love and light to others.
Having a mindset of abundance is similar to being positive, having faith and learning how to visualize a good outcome. Thinking this way gives us the ability to dream, think outside of the box, manifest and believe in infinite possibilities. Holding a belief that there is plenty for all and not competing, but collaborating and supporting others provides a win/win scenario. People who have an abundance mentality never worry about lack, knowing that they have more than enough in every area of life. An abundance mindset offers us to open our minds that there are enough resources and successes for all to share, enjoy and celebrate, making the world a beautiful place.
These are the questions I provided for my Toastmasters group that you can reflect on too.
1. What does abundance mean to you?
2. If you were to grow an abundance garden, what kinds of seeds would you grow?
3. Fast forward 100 years. What will abundance look and feel like in the future?
4. What creative ways do you or would you bring more spiritual abundance into your life?
5. What would a day in your life be like if you were filled with abundance?
Thank you, Anne, for your generous answers.