Abundance Without

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What do you think of when you read Abundance Without?  What do you crave most to be abundant in your life?

For me it is anything and everything that I know and have yet to know that will push all five senses to new and strange realms where my soul is overwhelmed.  Music, or hearing, or rhythm of life or vibration of someone is for me one of those mediums to another world.  Follow me for a bit….every word and suggestion.

Press play, close your eyes and let the strings on his guitar, the rhythm and beat take over your pulse.  Keep listening to it as you read the entire post.  Let your soul move with all the instruments:

Let’s travel with some other senses; let’s stir them…bring them more alive.

Taste.  A favorite wine of mine that I have recently discovered is from an Australian vineyard called Jacob’s Creek.  I have found that I am very drawn to the bold earthy oak tones of Australian and New Zealand wines.  In 2010 and 2011, poor seasons of Cabernet and Shiraz grapes limited the two wines.  From the lack of an abundant harvest came one of their most superb blends:  the Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon.  When I have it in my mouth, I do not want to swallow…..EVER!

Smell.  Jasmine.  This spring our jasmine vines bloomed so brilliantly that with every breeze over our hilltop brought across the lawn and patio, through open windows, the sweet hypnotic aroma of jasmine.  I wanted to bathe my nose and body in every vine.  I was high on sweet jasmine all spring.

Sight.  Here are a few of my favorites:

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Touch.  Silk and leather.  A feather followed by cold chain-links.  Soft wet sand in your toes on the beach.  Wearing a thin soft terry-cloth shirt.  The legs of a Monarch butterfly walking over your arm, or agave nectar running down your chin.  The touch of a thin Chinese acupuncture needle.  An unexpected long warm breath on the neck and shoulder.

Now imagine not having one of these senses.

A long time ago I was taught a life-lesson.  You cannot fully know the heights of joy until you’ve known the full depths of despair.  You cannot fully know the heat of love until you’ve known the cold pains of longing.  And one of my favorite bloggers, Tracy Fulks, recently wrote about the same concept:  You can’t keep it, until you give it away!

Ever understood why people who have had a near-death experience are forever changed?  They find even the smallest things in life utterly beautiful and powerful.  Why?  Because they’ve tasted the edge of death.  Some become the most prolific advocates for survival, disease-prevention or awareness, or hyper-awakened psychic abilities.  The human body is the most remarkable healing, adapting, and evolving organism on this planet.  When a person loses their sight, the other four senses become much more acute.  Lose your ability to smell and taste becomes more acute.

Sensory deprivation is not all bad.  In many cases it is the path to a deeper spirituality, a deeper appreciation and kindness for a more whole life, soul, and belonging.  In Buddhism it is called nirvana and the attainment of it is life changing.  Ever wonder why we have adrenaline?  And adrenaline is just one chemical neurotransmitter in our bodies.  When journalists ask combat veterans why, for the sake of sanity, would they sign up to be redeployed.  Almost all of them answer “to be among my brothers in life and death.”  Those extreme experiences bind those men-at-arms together for life as close as a mother to her newborn…or tighter.

I am not saying go throw yourself into a combat zone.  Life (fully lived) is sacred.  But what I am suggesting is that most of the hang-ups or fears we peace-living people have are illusions of mythical monsters.  The commercial material things that consume our (American) lives, the daily bombardment of corporate marketing which pelts us in every possible way, the energy consumed to obtain those things we are tricked into thinking we must have are cluttering the true purpose and meaning of experience.  One must soon ask… is a mellow, laid-back, blissful, peaceful, opulent, pain-free life really what our 75-95 years on Earth is about?

All the “things” we (Americans) think we need really doesn’t provide a complete more fulfilled life.  Yes, our hard-earned money and exhausted energy for a paycheck DOES provide the upper 10 percent, and more so élite 1 percent, an extremely posh lifestyle – more than they and their next 3 generations could ever need.  But what does all that toil really do for our emotional, physical, sexual, and spiritual well-being?

Here is one result of a growing disorder in America:  gluttony…on several levels.  It is too much of what we don’t need.

“At seven billion plus, the global population isn’t the only thing expanding; our waistlines are too.  A team of U.K. scientists calculated that the people of Earth are now 3.9 million tons overweight.  Russia and Egypt are among the top contributors.  So is Mexico, which represents just a sliver of the world population.  Who’s carrying around the most excess fat?  Americans.  Indeed, if all countries mimicked the U.S., the collective hike in world-wide heft would equal the weight of another billion people.”Catherine Zuckerman of the March 2013 National Geographic Magazine

Weight of World graphThe higher the price of a home and its possessions, the higher the cost to insure it and protect it.  But rest assured, banks and finance companies won’t ever tell you that.  The higher the price and sophistication of an automobile (which puts carbon dioxide into our green-housing atmosphere) or automobileS in the case of two, three, or four-car families, the higher the price to maintain them, repair them, and insure them.  But rest assured, auto-makers and dealerships won’t ever tell you that.

The following slide show conveys the different homes and possessions of five different families from five various nations of economic wealth:

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The more time parents, brothers, sisters, or friends spend collecting inanimate objects or the latest high-tech gadgets, the less time and energy that is spent raising healthy well-balanced children, or making closer family ties, or as adults learning the necessary social skills to better succeed in an ever-evolving more DIVERSE and challenging world.  The American corporate-driven consumer-materialistic mentality and generated motivation consequently nurtures a higher crime rate, homicide or suicide rate, higher court costs, higher legislation, and ever-expanding overpopulated prisons which also leads to a more fractured society of inequality.

Should I go on?  I could but I won’t.

My purpose in sharing where real experience can be found and where intense living really exists…is already within each of us and WITH each other.  It is not in a solitude-self cluttered by material things sucking up our valuable time and energy.  It is not in a life lacking diverse changing human interaction on ALL levels of experience.  It is within the many intense relationships we build with others – similar to  combat veterans and the bonds they share with their brothers in arms – igniting ALL five of the senses.  It is denying one to acutely enhance others, eventually overwhelming our soul, filling it, overflowing, and soaking it.

Challenging our internal emotions will conjure an expansion of sharpened feelings and adrenaline as well as strength.  A favorite example of this challenge is a scene from one of my all-time favorite movies, Out of Africa.  On a personal intimate level it reveals wonderfully the concept of abundance without; the surrender to mortality to have more life, embracing the practice of allowing and giving to gain unconditional acceptance and receiving.  Or You can’t keep it, until you give it away as Tracy puts it so eloquently.  Try to grasp what Denys Hatton (Robert Redford) is really saying.

I was unable to find this scene on Youtube so click here (at AnyClip.com) to watch the first scene, then watch the later scene below.

“I don’t want to find out one day that I’m at the end of someone else’s life.”  What a profound truth of conformity or self-enslavement.

Not having something (temporarily?) can be just as abundant as having it.  At the very least, when it returns, if it returns, your love for it, your gratitude for it, your appreciation, understanding, fondness, worship of it and all things meaningful…make it abundant in ways you hadn’t experienced otherwise.

What have you suffered for or denied that later unexpectedly came back in ways you thought unimaginable, dearer, and intensely sweeter?

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Related posts:
The Curious Perplexity of Attachment
The Love Within and Beyond

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19 thoughts on “Abundance Without

    • A love that is allowed to take on its own shape, its own depth, its own timing. It is a “love” that is sometimes painful…but strengthens exponentially.

      Thank you Red for the feedback. It is truly appreciated.

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  1. You summed all of this up so well… I love the music selection at the top. Am still listening to it, actually. And I’d seen the chart of wealth inequality in America, and I’m not surprised by the chart of weight around the world… You are so right. Wealth is not what makes us happy… I can’t state that fact enough. Also, I’ve sometimes thought about what it’d be like to be blind when I’ve gotten soap or something in my eyes—my sense of feel and distance would get a lot sharper, that’s for sure! lol

    Great post. Can’t disagree with anything said.

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    • Happy you love the music. I get lost in it with my eyes closed; I get transported to a Spanish Moors’ villa or sultan’s tent next to a desert oasis and campfires. Arabic dancing everywhere.

      Wealth nor never-ending buffets are the paths to intense living, but which often conflicts with the American social & economic infrastructure where material values are viewed as “successful” and a model for young minds to strive and toil. 😦 Our human genetics, neurology & spiritual hunger need much more than material clutter/consumption. I often feel I am UN-American when I want a simple life void of all the things that chain/cage our precious time & energy.

      Soap in the eyes…a good epiphany, huh? Far-eastern meditation practices help tune-in to our ether dimensions (the metaphysical) within and around us. Fasting for several days is another ancient tradition which frees us from over-attachment & as you alluded, allows us to intensify other senses — deprivation of one expands others.

      Jessica, you are certainly encouraged to disagree with me & verbalize it please. It is through ‘friction’ that we are sharpened. 😉

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  2. or, as a very close friend told me a long time ago: you can’t have what you aren’t willing not to have. I think, ultimate love is the love that allows and encourages the other to be, do, and have whatever is desired. The antithesis is possession.

    As for “friction”, I understand your “sharpened”, but I’ve always seen it as sandpaper. Smoothing the rough edges.

    Nice post; I love the music and visuals. I enjoyed Tracy’s post, as well.

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    • A very wise friend you have Vix. “Possession” is ultimately smoke & mirrors and is never more true than in love-attachment or believing it is only yours and always expecting it from ONE source. That isn’t reality & “single-love” isn’t demonstrated in our Multiverse or here on Earth. This is why I identify so much with Denys Hatton’s (Robert Redford) meaning!

      Mmm, yes…I like sandpaper smoothing our edges. But I enjoy sharp edges too; they are needed sometimes to “get inside”. 😉

      Thank you for commenting. Always enjoy your input!

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  3. Sure, get even with me and make me think on a late Saturday morning. 😉

    Probably the things I’ve suffered most from that have come back to me in the most unusual ways? Loss and innocence. It’s actually through loss that I learned my ability to empathize and the joy that comes from helping see others through their own heartaches and losses.

    Loss of innocence, especially when one is so young can be very painfully traumatic. It has the ability to splinter a person into such minute pieces that it’s virtually impossible to put back together again, or it can strengthen and give you an iron core that allows you to know that there’s not much the world can throw at you that you’re unable to overcome.

    Combine the two…and I’m very fortunate to know exactly who I am and how I can help others grow, heal and recover. It’s strange that these things that often make people question the presence of a higher power are exactly what convinces me there is one. Things that seemed like curses before have now become points of strength for me to draw on, to soothe my soul. A reminder that nothing is lost forever unless you want it to be, and that there’s a strength in letting go and forgiveness. Having experienced these things so early in life left me a bit “older” than the kids my own age, but also left me in the unique position of helping to see them through some of the hardest times of their lives. (Yes, somehow I became their version of a real life Dear Abby.)

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    • Aww, did I make your brain start to hurt? 😉

      Well, you seemed to have come out of your slumber with a vengeance judging by your comments! Imagine that!? Kitt has something to say! LOL

      Young minds & hearts are indeed at higher risk the more traumatic the “life-lesson”. They simply haven’t been given, taught, or the time to develop the coping mechanisms & tools of not only survival…but turning the opportunity into a greater good for a greater number. Like you Kitt, as a teacher/educator, I always seek to somehow guide or point young hearts/minds to realize that often trials, mistakes, failures, etc, are for a bigger picture. Through their unique experiences they WILL indeed be able to support others beyond the TEMPORARY negatives.

      Though you and I may differ in the perception of various nuts & bolts and process — i.e. “the presence of a higher power are exactly what convinces me there is one”; I would say powerS plural from a Quantum Mechanics p.o.v. — we arrive at the same destination: life-to-death and death-to-life are merely transitions (the law of conservation of energy/mass) and not to be feared if you truly LIVE with and for others. A quite simple, easily applied life-world-view.

      As always, your comments & feedback are appreciated & welcomed. 🙂

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      • Hurt is such a strong word…LOL! More like you engaged it before it truly woke from it’s slumber. Fortunately, I enjoy challenges(no shock to you, I’m sure).

        You’re so right about survival skills & coping mechanisms. It seems to me that these skills are being woefully underdeveloped with each new generation. I suspect in my own case, the constant transitions of a traveling military family aided in developing mine early….along with having a mother from another country/culture. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful. There were a lot of hardships in the younger portion of my life that needed that core of strength.

        Now, like you (though, as you said, the mechanics may vary), I find strength and peace in my beliefs. There’s a joy in embracing new experiences. Change energizes me.

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  4. I love this. I like Jacob’s Creek wines a lot too, I’m a big fan of Australian shiraz wines in general. For smells, I love honeysuckle and orange blossom, but jasmine is a heady aroma as well. I’ve seen those photos of the families around the world with all their belongings. If that isn’t humbling, I don’t know what is.

    I think suffering, and/or being without, does make you more attuned to things. And it does make you more grateful for what you do have, and often, less hung up on what you don’t have. Especially material things. The issue of “want” is, to a great extent, a first-world luxury. There are so many who still NEED.

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    • Glad you loved it Madame W. You allow yourself to be denied something long enough, and you will experience a much deeper form of it — or them if their spirit is also in alignment with your timing/position, or motion/speed, and depth or wavelength. Connections depend on several factors.

      Regarding 1st-world luxuries, my time in west Africa not only showed me the ‘lap of luxury’ I have in my home country, but even more profound was how in many ways Sierra Leonians & Liberians find a deep happiness in what they DON’T have (or they don’t know they don’t have it?) in comparison to what most Americans are attached to having or attaining. Stark contrasts to say the least! On a human level I DIDN’T see them as 3rd-world at all; I saw myself & Americans as arrogant in our categorizations. I was there to play futebol/soccer and to learn from them, however, many of my teammates & coaches were there to proselytize/evangelize them into a “happier” Western form of civilization. Deep down I found that thinking & proclaiming offensive.

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  6. I laid among the roses then
    Streaked red with my blood
    I reached my hand out to them
    But only to have the thorns shun me

    I don’t understand I said
    I did what you ask
    Why do you still shun me
    Aren’t I one of you now

    The red roses laugh into the breeze
    As I slowly started to drift away
    Body pale from the blood I gave them
    Sinking lower away from grace

    Silly mortal girl they sang
    Now we have color
    And if you wanted to be one of us
    You must have color too

    Betrayed by creatures I thought loved me
    Dying because I wanted to share
    Only to find that even in death
    I could never be one of them

    So I choose to live life abundantly
    To be true to who I am
    To appreciate all that I am given
    And I choose to never live without.

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