“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” -Malcolm S. Forbes
I’ve been thinking lately about abundance, not the kind of new-agey “abundance” that so often reeks of greed or magical thinking, but rather the yoga of recognizing and attributing VALUE in our lives. Our minds are primed to focus on what’s lacking or not working. I notice my own mind doing this pretty much everywhere, so it takes conscious, focused practice to receive the good in my life.
What qualities in your own self do you hold most dear? What aspects of yourself have you been undervaluing? How can we shift our perspectives to see more and more and more of the good in life and allow that goodness to propel us forward? As we practice recognizing the value in what’s already present in ourselves and in our lives, we invite more abundance our way…
In the yoga traditions, we deepen our relationship to this principle of abundance and value through a very simple mantra- “SHRIM” (pronounced shreem). I invite you to contemplate the questions above and then engage in just a few minutes of mantra practice. Feel free to chant the mantra out loud or mentally inhale the sound shreem and exhale the sound shreem. This mantra is a tool that helps focus your attention on seeing and creating more value and abundance in your life. I don’t know how or why, but it works, try it!
Siri Peterson Cavanna