Soulful Reads: Simple Abundance
Sarah Leverett // September 18, 2020
Before this time of unexpected grief, Simple Abundance was definitely not a book that I would have picked up on my own, but I was desperate for relief and a new perspective. So, I turned to my first ever “self-help” book, took a deep breath, and dove in.
What I realized very quickly was that this book is more about self-study than self-help. It is meant for you to go within and take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror. Then, it encourages you and empowers you to release thoughts and feelings of lack to make room for those of abundance. Reading this book did take discipline and commitment as it is a daily devotional in which you are meant to read one essay per day for 365 days. At a time during my life filled with upheaval and change, it was nice to have something to come back to day after day to become part of the “new normal” that I was building for myself. I found it so important to have grounding rituals in my life that gave me a sense of peace and comfort. Reading Simple Abundance became one of those rituals for me.
Then, of course, being that I’m human, I eventually missed a devotional day here and there, but I discovered this wisdom along the way— I deserve to give myself grace. Simple Abundance was always patiently waiting for my return without judgement. I would simply double up on devotionals the next day or come back to the essays one at a time until I was ready to fully implement the ritual again on a daily basis. I realized the goal was not to be perfect and to stay on track all 365 days of the year, but instead, it was to celebrate the days I did show up for myself. I learned a powerful lesson in giving myself compassion and understanding in the way that I strive to offer it to others.
Here is one my of my favorite quotes from the book:
“[W]hat we can see if we look deep within is that the authentic self is the Soul made visible. Do not try to remake yourself into something you’re not. Just try making the best of what God made. The sacred art and craft of nurturing our souls and the souls of those we love is Simple Abundance soulcraft. Begin today by turning on the Light.”
I had lost my sense of self somewhere along my path through adolescence and into young adulthood like many of us do, and this book gently guided me back home, back to my authenticity. It took months of soul searching and feeling every single emotion that came up along the way, but on the other side of the journey, I realized that the Light that I was looking for was within. My perspective entirely shifted through the practice of daily gratitude and reflection that Simple Abundance teaches, and this book helped me plant the seeds and lay the foundation for the spiritual life that I lead today.
My only criticism of Simple Abundance is that there are some outdated gender norms and unrealistic expectations of women woven into a few of the essays as the book was written in 1995; however, I would argue that the Truth and wisdom that can come from this book far outweighs the stereotyping it perpetuates. I attribute much of my healing and growth in the most tumultuous year of my life to practicing yoga and reading this book. I recommend Simple Abundance to anyone who wants or needs to be reminded of all the light and love that they have to be thankful for in their lives.
Affirmations for Abundance:
I have all that I need and more.
I am overflowing with peace, joy, and love.
I deserve all the good that comes my way.
I accept the gifts that the Universe has to offer me.
I am blessed by the abundance of the Divine.
These affirmations were developed from the messages and guidance that I received from reading Simple Abundance. Feel free to use these affirmations for yourself. Feel empowered to create your own if you decide to read the book as well. You hold the power to live an abundant life.
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