I’m in the middle of the current Deepak Chopra 21-Day Meditation Experience. The current experience is titled “The Path to Empowerment” and focuses on helping us realize that empowerment comes from within. One of the ah-ha moments for me was when Dr. Chopra explained that “Society distributes external rewards unevenly.” It’s such a simple statement, and we all know it to be true, but hearing it helped me reframe my thoughts.
Society distributes external rewards unevenly.
We all know there are people who have more material wealth and those that have less. And, let’s be honest, we’ve all had those moments where we think “Why can’t I have that car, that house, that vacation?” Or, even worse, “What did she do to deserve that promotion, raise, lifestyle?” And, at one time or another, we’ve all said those three little words, “That’s not fair.”
When we focus on how society rewards us, or more importantly, how society defines our success, we place our trust in things that can be taken from us in a heartbeat. The job you have that provides you the status and financial success you crave today can be gone tomorrow.
I know, I’ve been there.
Suddenly, you feel like you don’t have enough—like you, personally, are not enough. And then the spiral of negative thoughts starts:
“Maybe I never was enough.”
“Maybe I was fooling myself all those years.”
“Maybe everything I believed about myself was wrong.”
You know, that middle-of-the-night litany that won’t stop?
There have been plenty of books written about this, and I’m only an expert in the sense that I lived this. So, from a very non-scientific, personal point of view, I’m going to share with you the mantra that got me through this time—and it’s simple:
“I am enough, I have enough.”
There were nights I would lie awake and repeat that mantra over and over again until I finally fell asleep. At first, I’m not sure I believed this was wholly true. But over time, I realized it is.
I am enough. I am whole and complete, and I exist just as the universe intends.
I have enough. Everything I need to keep moving forward already exists in me.
And, you know, believing and feeling that you are enough and that you have enough is as good as a feast—because you feel full and complete. And isn’t that what we all crave?
You are enough, you have enough. Enjoy the feast.