2018 has been a personal journey that brought an emotional, psychological, and spiritual transformation that resulted in a deep inner shift in my reality. As I look back at the past year, there were so many personal and professional changes. I moved away from my family for a new position, which meant that my husband had to single handedly hold down the fort for most days of the week.
I wasn’t sure how the situation would turn out, but I was certain of one thing–there would be challenges along the way. In the end, my family and I dug really, really deep below the chaos of semi-single parenting, car pooling kids, bills, potty training puppies, doing laundry, etc. and owned our situation by finding and reclaiming our personal power originating from our inner wisdom, strength, creativity, and our love for each other. From this, I realized that I already possess all that I need to be genuinely happy. Anything more is simply icing on the cake.
With my recent awakening, I spent the last few days in December deep cleaning and decluttering and purging all of the “stuff” that I had been hoarding for years. I released any emotional attachments to the things that I thought gave me “happiness.” They were just things, and my happiness came from within myself and between my husband, children and other loved ones. I wanted to decrease as much noise as possible to make life much simpler.
I gladly welcomed the New Year with gratitude, a sense of renewal, peace and joy. And then I remembered that I had Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abdundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, tucked away in my library. I was reminded of the six principles of simple abundant living. When woven together, these principles create “a tapestry of contentment that wraps us in inner peace, well-being, happiness, and a sense of security.”
- Gratitude–all you have is all you need to be genuinely happy. With a sense of awareness, you will realize how much you really have and then give thanks.
- Simplicity—the simpler we make our lives, the more abundant we become.
- Order—lasting change happens gradually over time
- Harmony—is the inner cadence of contentment
- Beauty—the ordinary becomes extraordinary
- Joy—your happiness is your soul’s purpose
I guess I’ve found my path, and I look forward to continued growth and simple abundance in 2019. How about you?
Call to Action: Simple abundant living begins with gratitude. Bring more gratitude in your life by asking yourself these questions:
- Who do I appreciate? Why?
- What relationships am I thankful for?
- What am I taking for granted that, if I stop to think about it, I am grateful for?
- How can I be thankful for the challenges that I’ve experienced? What did I learn from them?
- How is my life different today than it was a year ago? How can I be thankful for those changes?
- What insights have I gained that I am grateful for?
- How do I show my appreciation?
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A. Stewart says
Oh wise and wondrous one… thank you for the jewels… they come at a good time! God Bless!
Carina Hopen MD says
Thank you, Ann. Keeping things simple and living with gratitude keeps us grounded, and makes it harder to be swept away by the chaotic winds of life.