This post was actually written yesterday but did not have time to type it up.
Having written a book called, Architecture For Rapid Change and Scarce Resources and grown up in an impoverished family in India, the word scarcity is always on my mind. So my challenge in following my heart is also about thinking big. While we cannot deny the scarcity in many material things, things of the spirit are always impossibly big- love, compassion and kindness. Scarcity of the spirit is about being mean, petty and grasping. Thinking big is about embracing, going beyond and giving.
Recently a colleague who I like and respect very much, reacted rather strangely to my intention of working in her former country- like as if I was taking away projects from her behind her back. Interestingly, none of the organisations I had communicated with had mentioned her name and I was completely unaware of her involvement. However from her reaction, I became aware of scarcity of a different type- where no one can even work without the permission of another, however ridiculous the whole concept may seem- where people are afraid to share, where competition instead of cooperation is seen as a way of life and where compassion is limited by the necessity to earn money and fame. However, by letting go of any resentment and thereby refusing to be in her power, I felt lighter and stronger. I know there is plenty of work around, so there is no need to be grasping of any thing. I have read a lot about abundance (there is a lot on the Internet) and came up with these three things that seemed to very important in order to feel abundance and let go of scarcity-
1. Give, share and live freely
The Buddhist concept of ‘Jigyo Keta’ means to remove suffering and bring happiness. This happiness includes your own happiness as well. So don’t be afraid to share your happiness and good fortune with others. Give and receive credit freely.
Hope brings about great benefit, it heals and restores. In my Bengali culture, there is a saying, “If it happens, it is good; if it does not happen, then it is even better.” There is always something bigger and better for you. Let go of the small stuff!
3. Think big
There is another saying that spells it so well-“if you aim for the top of the tree, then you may get to the bottom of the trunk; but if you aim for the moon, then you will reach the top of the tree!” Big and expansive ideas should be part of our personal ambitions-there is nothing wrong in going for the best, the most amazing and the most powerful- in terms of our spiritual development.
Give yourself the permission to think big!