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Materialistically speaking, if one has lots of material possessions, one should be happy, but in reality without the universal life force energy flowing, it does not matter, there will never be any joy, there will always be the need for more.


enough; things are more expensive and people are earning less or not earning at all. I work in an environment where all is about money to provide services, budget cuts, cancellation of programs, etc. In addition, we are so aware of the national debt, yet as a nation we still offer to help others, providing billions of dollars. In many ways the world financial situation is pretty messy. I had been affected and this was the root of my contradiction, which has been resolved. I am back on track!!! I know individually through living simply we can rise above any worldly financial difficulties. “Abundance is being grateful for


all the physical, mental and emotional energies that flow through our life ex- perience.” When I read that, I was truly blown away - it made so much sense. The flow of energy is essential to our human experience and our connection to our true nature, to that higher power each of us chooses individually. Yet knowing this deeply in my heart, at times I will doubt it, then return to that energy flow that allows me to experience joy. Materialistically speaking, if one has lots of material possessions, one should be happy, but in reality without the univer- sal life force energy flowing, it does not matter, there will never be any joy, there will always be the need for more. As I continued reading Brown’s


book, even though I stay healthy, “health pertains to attending to the well being of every aspect of our physical, mental, and emotional experience,” made so much sense. Even though it is denied out there, the underlining of abundance and health to create happiness is about money and/ or appearance. It is not realized, Brown explains, “happiness requires that ‘this’ happens and that ‘that’ does not happen, while money is just cash, and appear- ance is only skin deep.”


“Abundance, health and joy are not about happiness, money or appear- ances.” Instead, they are a means to prepare the garden of our life experience to plant, nurture, and bear the inherent fruits of the present moment awareness.” I have reinforced my desire to living simply, understanding that abundance, health and joy are inherent of the univer- sal life force flowing within our being. There is no need for measurements, out- comes, or assessing results. If we accept one, we are accepting all. This is so true: unconditional joy brings abundance and health. Health brings abundance and joy. Abundance brings health and joy. Allowing ourselves to be present in the moment, aware and accepting and being grateful for our physical, mental, and emotional energies, we are joining the universal abundance, health and joy. “Living simply is inclusive of culti-


vating our physical, mental and emo- tional energies, enfolded in our spiritual existence.” Abundance, health and joy is not an outcome, it is our nature, acceptance of it all. All is part of our human experience and what we need is provided because the joy of cultivating our body, mind and spirit enters the flow of the universe, there is no separation or denial. We accept within our joy that our garden will flourish and decompose, but the source of these beginnings and endings will always be there. Our joy includes knowing that we are part of these beginnings and endings as well as


part of the universal source. Being grate- ful, we are able to cultivate our body, the ability to take care of it is joyful; we exercise and eat well without struggle or depravation. The energy life force flow- ing within guides us to stay tuned with our body and mind; we create our health and joy in doing so. We cultivate mental and emotional balance. It comes natural when the energies that we are flow within us freely. “You can travel through your human


experience awake, making healthy deci- sions that support your spiritual growth.” Our thoughts are inspired by our


inner presence. The mind and body become tools to feel the joy that we are. Living simply becomes natural. Enjoy- ing our daily life turns into a habit, no measurement required. We accept what is as it is, we respond and apply our best. We stay aware in the present at all times to be consciously part of the universe in all its dimensions. If we forget, it is okay; we will return to it. The abundance, health and joy of living simply dissolve the need for stress, judgment, complain- ing, reacting, worrying, and fear. You can travel through your human experience awake, making healthy decisions that support your spiritual growth.


Raul Gordillo, PsyD, CAP, CMHP


is a psychologist and practices transfor- mational awareness. Visit his website at transformationalawareness.intuitweb- sites.com. See ad page 58.


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