Putting your heart and soul into life starts with the position that things are perfect right as they are. This is referred to as abundant thinking. I’ll do my best to explain this prayer of appreciation here.
A farmer wakes up in the morning, has a hearty breakfast and prays for rain, sun and winds that will grow his crops. He takes care of himself and knows that mother nature and he have a contract. He knows he can’t control everything in his life but he really needs to focus on growing carrots. If he doesn’t focus on growing carrots he will perish.
You might think this farmer unsophisticated, a man of the earth, simple. He didn’t go to school this carrot man, he’s not a great lover and is fairly tough on his kids. He needs them. His kids think they were born to have fun but the farmer knows, that no matter what you do in life, you are always humble to something. This week, he prays for rain. But he is a realist. He’s prayed many times and those prayers haven’t been answered. He knows that nature isn’t personal.
Many western people pray for themselves. They pray for their own “rain” to grow their own “carrots.” And that is a really important thing to do because it’s putting it out there – its saying to self and other, “this is what I’m building.”
However, it would be a bit crazy to ask for what you’ve already got.
Being thankful for what you’ve already got might therefore be the first step before prayer. So to be clear in my own life I say “prayer is thanking the universe, meditation is receiving from the universe.”
To help you get the prayer on target use nature as your guiding light. In nature, nothing is ever missing. This awareness is magical and heart filled. You can’t be a loser, you can’t be a failure, you can’t be unfulfilled. You can’t be depressed, or sad, or lonely. Let nature be your guide and you will be always thankful for what you’ve got and therefore you will always have a lot to pray with.
Thankful prayers mean you are not acting like a victim in the middle of the ocean in a bath tub surrounded by sharks crying “oh, save me God.” You’d still have a smile on your dial because you’d believe the best. You’d become an optimist and this has been proven, over thousands of studies to be one of the most common idiosyncrasies of good leadership. Optimism tinged with reality.
There’s a big jump between delusion and optimism tinged with reality. The deluded individual sits at the office worried about their bank account but doing paperwork acting on the Nepalese earthquake while their bank account drops in a more out than in spiral. The deluded person prays for their finances to improve but acts on other matters.
The optimist on the other hand is thankful for where they are. Supports the Nepalese earthquake with a plan to go to Nepal on a trekking holiday, and then gets back to working on promoting, connecting, thanking and inspiring clients. He or she does this from an abundant and thankful place because he or she knows that nobody wants to deal with a desperate person.
People invest in inspiration. Inspiration is abundance. We are inspired when we feel we are on track. But we cannot wait for the reality of life to determine whether we are on track or not. We have to know, by connection with nature, that we are always on track, even when we say things are not going as I planned, we have to know that things are going exactly as nature planned. We are never ever off track and therefore we can always be inspired. This is the art of the leader and the optimist and the great insight for prayer. We are always abundant, on track, even when everything seems lost. It’s not.
We live in a wanting culture. We want, almost demand that we get what we want. With a few dollars from a corporate job we can easily hide our pessimism by spending, buying happiness, getting, doing and being the things we want. But there’s always the times when things don’t go the way we want, and then we can easily spit the dummy, run for therapy or get caught up in becoming a “wanty” separatist.
A wanty separatist is a person who has become self-obsessed with feeling good. Rather than follow nature this individual is separated from nature. They measure their track in life as feel good and when they don’t feel good they blame. They make it sound so sophisticated, to get up do yoga, drink probiotic, have organic eggs and use recyclable toilet paper. They do tai chi, meditation and all manner of stuff and make it sound altruistic. It’s not altruistic.
Altruistic means abundance and abundance is the secret to feeling like you are right on track and feeling like you are right on track is a path to inspiration. The path to feeling like you are right on track no matter how far life deviates from your expected reality is connection to nature. There is no other real way. All writing is just a way of emulating what is free in nature.
Staying abundant is just emulating what every farmer does, or did, when they knew the magic of making things grow.
In Back on Track Program, I encourage four key things: Distil, Distill, and Distil. Distill.
Distil your wants (expectations) into a vision, inspiration and purpose statement
Distill your process (emotions) into gratitude, presence, certainty and love
Distill your priorities (actions) – nobody treats you better than you treat yourself
Ask yourself this. What do you want to be, do, have (your carrots) what will make them grow, (your 4 top priorities) how do I sell them (your results) and what do I need to do to be well enough to enjoy the rewards? (your process)
With love and wisdom