Money aside for the moment, when discussing wealth we are usually referring to the accumulation of assets from which people seem to gain security. There is often a social status attached to this accretion and some people may even think that they are more important than others because of their chattels. This is a sad state of affairs and the hording of material goods seems to be increasing at the same rate as mental health issues. Many precious hours are utilised to gain such riches with the expectations of dividends returned in the form of happiness. Most thinking people realise that this isn’t the truth but still they’re breaking the limits on their bodies to accommodate social expectations. Without this accumulation and security, some people feel that they are unable to fulfil their dreams of travel and adventure. They may feel trapped in one place, unsure of how to break the bonds that bind them to the grindstone. This model of capitalism is harmful to health, people’s expectations about life and harmful to the real purposes of life; leaving people unfulfilled with a feeling of loss. Succinctly summed up – ‘You can’t take it with you when you go.’ So why do we spend the majority of our lives accumulating what we don’t truly need?
There seems to be some confusion between what we need and what we want. An influx of commercials with a focus directly based on our own searches on the internet has made advertising more personal. For a long time now psychology has been used in marketing to help us to NEED products. The onslaught is worsening and requires us to be more prudent on what we give our attention to. How we think about wealth, money and abundance is paramount to defend ourselves against this attack.
The theory of abundance tells us that there is enough of everything needed on the planet – no one need be without. A paradigm shift may be required to feel safe and secure in the mindset that I am going to discuss. I am not anti-rich people or even of accumulating beautiful things around you that bring you joy. I am merely challenging the combined forces that are creating the bonds that drive us to believing that our worthiness, our social status and our feeling of success is rated by our accumulation of belongings. It is a personal war because it is going on in your mind and has nothing to do with reality. Understanding the laws of attraction and the abundance of wealth surrounding each and every one of us naturally, is liberating.
In my book, Backpacker’s Practical and Spiritual Guide to the Universe, I discuss the philosophy of feeling rich. This is accomplished through gratefulness. When focusing on objects or situations that you don’t have – you are bringing these circumstances into your life. When your attention is on the beauty existing in your life already – then this is what is attracted. More beauty and joy enters your world. Even through tragic circumstances you will find something to be grateful for. When you are grateful for opportunities for life lessons and personal growth, you will discover more situations to be appreciated. Reminding yourself of your good fortune leaves you to be available to bring joy to others around you.
Being joyful and positive will promote opportunities to come your way – bringing along with them wealth that will help you to meet your needs and fulfil your dreams. This isn’t about sitting back and letting the riches roll in. That’s not going to happen. Spending money as if you’re rich but you’re not – is not going to bring you more riches. What it is about is feeling rich in all that you do. Helping others to feel good about themselves and genuinely helping them have a better moment is what it is about. Knowing that you are worthy of all that you have because you are a kind and helpful person is the contented feeling gained. It isn’t about random acts of kindness – it is about deliberate acts of kindness. There should be a purpose behind those acts and it is about making someone’s day better. It’s about being mindful about your interactions and knowing that each exchange of energy is about making someone else feel good about themselves. This isn’t about becoming a doormat and doing things for everyone else. Even dealing with someone in a kind manner after you have been dealt with poorly is promoting positive energy and richness around you. It’s about offering to do things that you genuinely enjoy doing.
It isn’t necessarily about living a simple and an uncomplicated life. I love excitement and adventure and I assume you do too or you wouldn’t be reading this. I am hoping to help others live an exciting extraordinary life through advice and sharing my insights. It concerns me that people see money and wealth as the barrier for living in the manner in which they aspire. The social and financial and even some physical barriers are falsehoods. It’s our mindset and our outlook that manifests our future.
Living a peaceful life and promoting harmony creates richness. This is why travel opens our eyes to the happiness and richness that exists in corners of the earth where physical resources are limited. Generosity of sharing limited resources, time and energy is expressed in all forms of joy. Test the field and share the experiences that you have. Find your niche’ and see what you have to offer.
These are the riches that you get to take with you. These are the gems that add to your soul and your self-worth. Positive attitudes and personal attributes is what will live on and bring about world peace in the long run. Enjoy doing your bit towards it.
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