The feeling of scarcity hooks us with a belief that there’s not enough, time, energy or resources to do what needs to be done. We feel behind. If we crank up our adrenaline to meet the demand, later we feel depleted, because we forced our actions into an agenda that was unnatural. We give too much to work or a relationship, failing to care for our self. Inner-peace is impossible when we believe that there is not enough time or energy. In this mindset we are harried with constant striving to fit as much as we possibly can into every day.
The lie is that there is a limited supply of what we need to feel at peace… time, energy, support, tools, love. We have all the energy we need as long as we take care of our self with: good sleep, healthy food, exercise and meditation. When we get hooked by scarcity thinking our entire experience is thrown off balance. We lose our ability to set good boundaries with a relationship or job because our attention is focused on the lack, the energetic hook that there is a need much greater than we can fulfill; a vacuum of energy that tugs on our belly (third chakra), a magnetic force pulling us to give more and more.
There are two practices that help us reclaim our sense of having enough time and energy. The first is maintaining our grounding. When we’re grounded in our own energy, we can recognize the outside demand. From a centered place, we are empowered to choose how much to contribute of our life-force. We have the clarity that we’re not responsible to rescue the situation. We see our self as a contributor and know that doing our part is enough. And we succeed in our part, regardless of what the experience is for anyone else.
A mediation tool for grounding starts with visualization of a line of energy connecting the tip of our tailbone (first chakra) to the center of the earth. That grounding cord can be seen as a waterfall, tree trunk, animal tail, or beam of light; whatever feels solid for you. Intend that the only energy in that grounding cord is your energy and kick out anyone else who is hitchhiking in your grounding space.
The second practice is to shift the energy just above your belly button (third chakra) to neutrality. That place where you get gut feelings that signal something is amiss. The solar plexus is where we hold our personal power, thus where demand energy hooks into our space. It is where we feel anxiety for not having enough time that drains our energy. Visualize the space in your belly as a crystal ball full of only your energy. Notice that it is neutral, clear or see-through. Because it’s clear as glass, when others try to tap into your energy with demands, there’s nothing for them to attach to. Neutrality allows you respond to others needs without over giving.
Staying centered in our power rather than allowing the demands in our environment to pull us out of alignment requires practice. Choosing to believe that there is plenty of time and energy is essential if we strive to create a consistent experience of inner-peace. By eliminating the hook of scarcity energy we can be inspired by our work, relationships, environment, home and options. We can to show-up for all of it with an authentic belief that the best possible outcome is happening and we don’t need to know what that is or how it’s going to happen. We trust it is.
*Note: Reflections inspired by the book called Sacred Economics. It makes the point that our monetary system is based on scarcity, the manmade belief in limited supply of money.