Let us begin.
When people talk of attracting abundance and wealth, they are usually coming from a mindset of poverty. They have been focusing on what they do not have, thinking about the income that is missing, the sports car that they cannot buy or the expensive jewellery that they are not able to give to their spouse.
Instead, we can place ourselves in a much stronger position by focusing on all of the things that we do have. We all know the phrase ‘count your blessings’, but I am suggesting that we take the approach of an ‘internal Kung Fu’, namely we rigorously train our mind on the wealth that is already within our possession.
Why Kung Fu? Why this language that suggests an inner fight? Because we have opponents all around. To begin with, entire advertising industry is attacking our mind during the holiday season with continual messages about the things we need to buy and how our lives would be better if only we bought Product X and Service Y.
This week’s Biblical extract is packed with talk of abundance. The greatest recipient is Joseph, whose father blesses him with “Blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that couches below, Blessings of the breast and womb. the blessings of your father surpass the blessings of my ancestors to the utmost bounds of the eternal hills. May they rest on the head of Joseph..”(1). All of Joseph’s other brothers receive blessings as well.
At times of stress it is hard to focus on our blessings. When our neighbour is away on a ski trip and we are stuck at home, we can choose to feel depressed. When the gas bill comes in and our savings account is in the doldrums, we can choose to be miserable. But these are all choices and today’s lesson is that we have the internal power to focus our mind and literally rewrite the story all around us.
I have spent many years earning part of my keep as a writer. Writing plays, articles, newspaper columns, opinion pieces. When we write, we choose the story we need to tell. Unfortunately I would also regularly tell myself stories about my own life. Sometimes it would be negative stories about everything I am missing, and sometimes it would be positive stories about everything that is going right. Either way it is all just stories, and we have the choice at every point along the way.
The Internal Kung Fu begins with a strong meditation. Whether you have a seated meditation practice or you are doing it within yoga asana (yoga posture), the aim is to continually choose where you a placing your thoughts. The longer you keep your mind focused on one point – what the yogis called ekagrata – the more you strengthen your mind and increase your ability to keep this focus at the times you really need it.
Fight the good fight and focus on your blessings for a healthy and wealthy 2013.
==>HOW TO USE THIS IN THE BOARDROOM: Where are you focusing on a negative story in your business? What is going well? What is going really well? What are the GREAT resources that you have but aren’t using? Where is there INCREDIBLE potential that you haven’t yet brought to fruition? Act on it!
==>HOW TO USE THIS FOR YOGA/MEDITATION: Notice any pain or restriction in your body but then focus on what is feeling good. Which parts of your body are feeling strongest, healthiest and the most free? In your yoga practice, focus on the what you are able to do rather than where you are feeling held back.
Based on Parsha Vayechi
(1) Genesis 50:25-26. The entire section of Vayechi is a tremendous overview of blessings and well worth studying closely.