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Sufficiency Versus Abundance

I’m reading a book by Lynn Twist called ‘The Soul of Money’.

In this book she makes the argument that when we see things from a point of sufficiency rather than lack, then we make better use of the resources we have and move from a state of hopelessness to a state of empowerment.

This got me thinking.  ‘Abundance’ has become such a buzzword in personal development circles.  We are told that in order to be abundant we need to feel abundant.

Emotions are like beacons that attract events and circumstances that make us feel more of the said emotion.

Now I understand that a momentary emotion isn’t going to do much to affect your reality.  However, when an emotion is felt chronically over a period of time it becomes an attitude.  Attitudes put universal laws of attraction in motion.

So back to abundance.  Despite being a very fortunate person I’ve always felt somewhat ‘less than’ because tapping into abundance has been difficult for me.  I think it’s because I associate abundance with having ‘more than enough’.

I see ‘sufficient’ as having enough.  Enough love, enough time, enough money, enough nourishment, enough …(insert whatever you like here).

When I worry about money, for example, I’m not worrying about not having enough money for food today.  I’m usually worrying about not having enough money to pay my bills at the end of the month or not having enough money to do the things I want to do.  When I focus on what I need financially today, and see where my money is sufficient for today, it brings me into the present moment and reduces my anxiety.

The idea of sufficiency can be applied to all areas of life.

  • I may be tired, but do I have sufficient energy to do what I have to do today?
  • I may not be as successful in my business as I’d like, but is my business success sufficient for what I have to do today?
  • I may not be as healthy as I want to be, but is my health sufficient for what I want to do today?

You get the picture.

In most instances when I ask myself those questions I find that I do have sufficient of everything in the moment.

After thinking about this for a few days, I had a light bulb moment!  Underlying all my perceptions of lack in my outside world, is the premise that somehow I am not enough or sufficient.

I started looking for my own sufficiency in each task that I’m called on to perform during a day and was astounded to find that I was sufficiently up to the task of doing everything I wanted to do.

‘I am enough’ went from being an intellectual concept to being a feeling of wholeness and completion deep within me.


I know that if I am enough, and I am, then so are you.


Thank you for reading this post.  I’d love to hear about your experiences and any comments you may have.


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