Erika Straub

Yogi Trainer Psychologist Writer

Scarcity to Sufficiency


     I’ve been living from a place of scarcity since I can remember; so maybe always. Scarcity, shortage, lacking, insufficient, sparse, impoverished, without. Looking at myself and my life from the outside in, this impoverished state wouldn’t be so obvious. But if you were looking from the inside out it would be a completely different picture. Living from this place has left me with circular thoughts of not being enough…enough what? That sentence could be finished with just about anything, and it is this very statement that fulfills that self imposed prophecy. We are what we think. Our bodies hear what our minds say. Our inner world manifest as our outer world. So scarcity to me has looked like: I don’t have enough time. Therefore I’m either running around like a chicken with its head cut off, cramming all nighters for deadlines, or paralyzed in bed out of exhaustion. I didn’t get enough sleep. This looks like missing the gym in the early morning or not making it to a class in the evening, and being a delusional zombie at work on auto pilot. I’m not fit enough. This one digs the knife in and twists it because it perpetuates unhealthy eating habits and neglecting my water and then feeling crappy and thinking working out is producing zero results and I should just skip workouts. I don’t have enough money. The belief here keeps my life small when the one thing I crave is traveling, all those coffees could easily add up to a plane ticket. I’m not educated enough. This prevents me from climbing a career ladder. End quote. The commonality behind all these beliefs is scarcity, is not having something. And believing in my scarcity really prevents me from being self sufficient. That there is enough and that I am enough. The mentality of scarcity is a slippery slope, that with enough momentum, will completely paralyze you. But that’s what it is, a mentality. For me I was unaware that this was my default state of mind and because it was my default I wasn’t mindful of it. Without consciousness to this state of mind I was powerless to it. Now with this resonance I have the capacity to shift that state of mind from not enough to enough, from scarcity to sufficiency. 


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