What We Have Is Enough - Moving Beyond Mental Scarcity

Silvia Mordini
What We Have Is Enough - Moving Beyond Mental Scarcity

I often meditate on trusting that I will have enough. Enough of what? Well, enough courage, enough inner strength, enough wisdom, enough energy, enough love, enough happiness, enough peace and yes, enough money. When life becomes intense, the prism of mental scarcity often grows and distorts our view. We start to think that we are going to run out. However we cannot attract abundance if we think this way. Abundance and Scarcity are mutually exclusive entities.

Do you suffer from what Stephen Covey describes as a scarcity mentality? Do you frequently have feelings of jealousy? Do you often compare with your colleagues, friends or family? Do you constantly measure what you have? Do you have any sort of loss aversion?

How is Scarcity Mentality Defined?

“Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the scarcity mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else.” Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I have recently noticed a scarcity mentality epidemic. As such, more than anything else—even more than love—my wish for all is that we have enough faith. The first definition of faith that I am aware of stems from the Bible. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV). Through faith, we can see that although heartache or hurt exists in the world, we will recover. Helen Keller says it like this, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”

How do we trust in enough? Well first, we must accept that Faith is active. It is something in which we participate. We can’t expect personal healing if we aren’t interested in being healed. And to be interested in something means that we actively seek it out.

“I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.I wish you enough.” Unknown Author

At some point in our spiritual evolution—through effort and perseverance—we realize that we don’t need more to be happy. As a yoga instructor, I teach that what we do on the mat can become the way we live our lives. What we do on the mat is enough: We can save a little for next time. Practice appreciating life’s messiness and with enough faith, we let go of unrealistic expectations and let our story unfold knowing we’re not going to run out. Through faith in enough we begin to trust that the universe wants us to have enough happiness, courage, love, and peace. So I wish you all enough (not more, not less).

Love yourself, love your day, love your life!