9 Steps To Living
By Jane Thurnell-Read
Many of us are bowed down by life - stressed, short of time, tired, on a
treadmill, knowing that this isn't the way to live, but not knowing how to free
ourselves up to live more fully, more abundantly. There are simple things we can
do - they don't take time or money - they take a change of attitude. Here are 9
1. Being totally financially honest - if you are not, this implies that
there is not enough for you to have everything you need without dishonesty.
2. Creating a vacuum so that more good things can flow into it - don't
fill your life up with things you don't really want. Ask yourself if you want
each thing before you buy it. Don't have abundant rubbish, live abundantly by
seeking out the things and experiences that work for you in your core being.
3. Tithing is often associated with religion, but it is also possible to
tithe in a non-religious context. This seems a really important aspect of living
abundantly - every time you freely give money away, you are implying that you
are confident that more will come - this is a BIG positive affirmation with a
lot of power behind it. The traditional amount is 10% of your income. I've
recommended this to lots of people, and they've told me that when they do this -
magically - they seem to have more. I started with 10% but now I've increased
it, because I've seen that the more I give away the more I get back, and the
happier and more abundantly I live.
4. Being grateful for what you already have - focusing on the good that
is already in your life. It's easy to think about what you don't have, but spend
some time each day thinking about what you do have. Start each day by thinking
of 5 things that you are grateful for - and express this out loud.
5. Resentment, jealousy, envy and self-pity interfere with the free-flow
of abundance. If you are jealous or envious of someone, it implies that what
they have is not available for you to have also. If you find it difficult to let
go of these feelings, Bach flower remedies may help. Try the emedy 'willow' to
counteract resentment and self-pity, or try 'holly' for envy, jealousy and
6. Forgiving those that have wronged you is part of living abundantly.
Holding on to your anger, however justifiable it may seem, keeps you stuck in
the past, rather than going forward into a better future. If it's difficult to
let go of your negative feelings, try writing a letter expressing all your
anger, hurt or envy. Write until you can write no more, and then burn it.
7. Being able to receive from other people. Being able to receive is
healthy, but many people find it difficult. You may need to practice receiving.
Think of the pleasure you get in giving. By not receiving generously you are
denying other people the pleasure of giving.
8. Realize that in general 'good luck' plays a very small part in
people's life. (If you put your faith in good luck, then you have to accept the
possibility of bad luck too.) People who put their faith in 'good luck' often
spend their lives waiting for things to happen. People who don't believe in luck
go out and make things happen.
9. Believing that there is enough money, food, love, etc. in the world to
meet everyone's needs to live abundantly. I left this one till the last, because
it can be very hard to believe when faced with war and starvation in the
newspapers and on the TV, but a lot of this anger and need is caused because
people who have do not believe they have enough, because they substitute money
and food for all the other abundance of life. Do your bit to correct that
imbalance and start living a life that recognizes there are inequalities and
shortages, but recognizes that we can correct that so we all have what we need.
Jane Thurnell-Read believes that life is here to be enjoyed, and that being
healthy and happy is how we are intended to be. Visit her web site
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