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Abundant Living

Updated on October 29, 2012

Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into....Dr. Wayne Dyer

I sit on my patio in the early morning, listening to the birds sing their morning songs of praise or the cocks crowing in the distance. I watch the sun rise in the east, watch the lush greenery of the vegetation and the rugged beauty of the mountains. I have breakfast while I enjoy the scenery, and I say to myself, "I am living the lifestyle of the rich and famous". This is how they do it.

If I look to the East, I can see the sun rising, and to the west, I can watch cruise ships coming into port. Directly in my front view are the verdant mountains. On evenings, I can watch the beautiful sunset on the west side of of the patio.

I make my own fresh juices from the seasonal fruits which minimizes my purchase of juice. I am saving money and having fresh local juices like cherry, mango, golden apple and passion fruit. Yes, there is a dwarf coconut tree on the lawn as well, but getting coconuts from the tree is a male oriented task, that does not happen often. So coconuts, I buy. A glass of chilled coconut water is so refreshing on a hot day.

Previously, when I prayed for abundance, I expected that I would eventually have an abundance of money, until in my moments of solitude in the early morning hours, I began to realize that the abundance the Father promises can be so varied. I am experiencing abundance; abundance of the Father's love. It comes to me in so many ways; an abundance of time to pray and reflect, abundance of nature to enjoy, abundance of good health, abundance of food to eat, abundance of love from family and friends, abundance of good times, abundance of beaches and ocean, abundance of time to serve others, abundance of fresh air, and a growing abundance of faith in God. I even got a double rainbow. Now, if this is not a sign of abundance, what is? (Sorry, I was not quick enough to capture the double rainbow on my camera.)

The Rainbow
The Rainbow | Source

Sure, I have had challenges during this time, but they taught me the lesson of mountain moving faith. I learnt how to be patient and to trust God. I learnt how to really 'let go and let God', and most of all, I learnt how my ego can stand in the way of my blessing. Dr. Wayne Dyer, in his book, 'Inspiration' says the acronym for EGO is Edging God Out. He is so right about that. How many times have we let that big headed monster dictate to us, when we knew we should have done it differently? How many time have we decided that we needed to take things into our own hands because God was not answering quickly enough? Or maybe, the answer he was giving was not the one we wanted?

I want to encourage you to take time to be aware of the abundance that exists in your life right now. As you become aware of it, acknowledge it in prayer and in writing. When you are feeling low and in despair, you can then take a look at your journal, and get the divine inspiration that will lift you up and help you carry on.

It's about seeing the glass as half full rather than half empty.

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.

"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the most of everything." - Anonymous

Green Mangoes
Green Mangoes | Source
Sunset from the Soufriere Jetty, St. Lucia
Sunset from the Soufriere Jetty, St. Lucia | Source
Birds fishing for dinner, St. Lucia
Birds fishing for dinner, St. Lucia | Source
Enjoying the beach
Enjoying the beach | Source
Green golden apples
Green golden apples | Source
New Jerusalem Waterfall..water is channelled through bamboo pipes that cascade into pool.
New Jerusalem Waterfall..water is channelled through bamboo pipes that cascade into pool. | Source


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    • Cathy I profile image

      Cathy I 5 years ago from New York

      Thank you for your kind words and for reading this post. Personally, my experience has taught me that abundant living comes from your awareness of the good that fills your life, the blessings that has been bestowed on you, and your ability to be grateful for even the small things.

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      Sommer Dalton 5 years ago

      This is an awesome hub! Well said and so true! Beautiful place you live as well! Voted up plus 2-

    • ClaudeV profile image

      ClaudeV 6 years ago from Texas

      Looks like life is treating you well. I wouldn't mind waken up to that view either, nor would a sniffle at the food your showing.