The Universe is calling you.
Some say that the universe will conspire to lift you up into your place. It will find a way of getting you where you are supposed to be in life - in career and in love. The universe is so powerful at manifesting you, that it will do this without your even asking for it.
I decided that it must be even better if you act as a co-conspirator by being open to nudges and hints along your journey and actually invite them to come.
So, every night, as I am falling asleep, I ask the universe to help me to do more of what I am supposed to be doing - what I am meant to be doing. And in all honesty, I am not sure if this actually leads to anything, but I feel that it can’t hurt. We are all just making our way through the woods grabbing on to whatever is within our grasp.
I feel a little bit like our new dog, Lucy, following a scent - undetectable to me - but still very real to her sensitive nose. With her nose to the ground, she faithfully follows an invisible scent that may lead to a bunny or a deer, or it may lead to nothing.
Are there scents - trails that they universe leaves for us? Do our creative endeavors come to us as whiffs of inspiration that we follow until we discover a dream project? Or, do we at times lose a scent, get distracted, and walk away?
Sometimes I feel like I am following the next thing, the smelliest scent, but I have no idea what the larger picture looks like - will the scent lead to anything, am I supposed to be on this path? I guess I keep moving looking for the next scent and hope that it leads me to a bunny, or a deer, or a squirrel!
Do you feel nudges from the universe? What are they like?
Well, it has been a long time coming, but we finally got a dog at Spring Bird. Even though we had been talking about it for years and have spent hours scrolling through Petfinder, getting a dog seemed to happen so quickly. We went to a shelter in Huntley and fell in love with Lucy right away. She greeted each of us and gave kisses and belly rubs away readily.
As someone who never had a dog growing up, it has been such a joy to watch my kids interact with a dog. While there is such joy in having a dog, we are also learning so much about how best to train her. In response, we have had to adjust some of our behaviors. My desire to walk more regularly has been pushed to the forefront with multiple walks a day with Lucy. We are keeping the floors picked up and sock free, and I'm finally getting the help I've always wanted in the kitchen keeping the floor clean - thanks to Lucy!
I'm looking forward to learning how having a dog will affect how we experience the seasons. Like having a baby, having a dog is helping me to see the world through different eyes. She is so curious! I am also quite enjoying having a companion and cuddly friend.
Below is a comic introducing Lucy to you! I hope you like it!!!!
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This dichotomy of scarcity and abundance, has been on my mind for awhile now. I know that I tend to have an ingrained scarcity mindset, which I am working to change.
My scarcity voice sounds like this:
“Make sure you eat that food even though you are not hungry because it is free.”
“You better get it now before it’s gone!”
“This post should be getting more likes.”
“Will I ever be successful?”
“I wish I had more followers”
“If I only had . . .”
A scarcity mindset puts you in a position of lack, owant, and of need, regardless of whether you have much or very little. It’s a state of mind not a state of fact.
People with the most money, food, and stuff might actually have a scarcity mindset. They may be in a pattern of thought that is stuck on a loop “there is never enough X” For me this “never enough of X” is connected to my not feeling enough. It is tied to my lack of self worth.
An abundance mindset, on the other hand, is a mindset in which you have enough. You have more than enough. In fact you have so much that you can share.
The abundant voice sounds like this:
“I can’t wait to share this podcast that I heard - or this idea with my friends.”
“I am grateful for everything I have.”
“I am full, thank you.”
“I have so much to offer the world, what am I going to share next?”
“I am enough.”
“There is so much to learn, to know about, to understand, and I am part of that mystery.”
One of the greatest examples that I have encountered of abundance in action was while volunteering at the shelter for youth experiencing homelessness. They shared everything - even though material possessions were scarce. They shared metra cards and snacks. They accompanied friends to appointments and interviews. They even gave away the art that I was helping them to make. They shared because sharing is survival. They were helping each other survive.
Life is fuller when we live with an abundance mindset. It’s full of love and friendship and not full of resentment, fear, or feeling cheated.
It’s been a constant struggle for me to shift, but it is beautiful thing when it happens.
When applied to creativity abundance mentality explodes! We can share so much with creative expressions and applications and the world is hungry for it - for your creativity. You have something to share that will help us to survive!
Do you struggle with a scarcity mindset?
Anna Lentz, artist, writer, and creativity coach who blogs about making a creative life connected with nature at Spring Bird.