Allow For Generous Grounding

Why strengthening the muscle of 'there is time' cultivates abundance

by Kris Ward

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Calvin and Hobbes: “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”

Before I even start on this subject, I have to give credit.

Chela Davison (a ridiculously clear and fabulous Integral Coach who I work with to deepen the sense of mutual partnership with my husband) and Elena Brower (without whose profoundly grounding Yogaglo classes I would not be a very happy person)… I am deeply indebted to you both. Without your insight and voices of love and reason, this post might not have ever made its way into the world. The title, my choice of words and descriptive phrases, such as “generous grounding” and “strengthening the muscle”… that is all YOU coming through me. I feel honored to pass it on in my own flavor through my own filters, but want to be clear… I am not the source.

Now then…

What does it mean to “allow for generous grounding”? And how does “strengthening this muscle” cultivate abundance – including monetary?

To me, generous grounding equates to the following do’s and dont’s. These apply on the mat, at work, and to any situation in which you tend to put life-constricting pressure on yourself.

I’ll explain after the list how adhering to it creates a strange ripple effect that can boost your bank account.

DO:

  • Take longer than you think you can to enjoy whatever grounds and nourishes you, even if it’s just 5-10 minutes longer than you would normally allow for (yoga, walking, meditating, singing, dancing, drawing, etc.).
  • Schedule into each week the activities and practices that keep you connected to your own creative impulse. They should be AS HIGH PRIORITY as the tasks and commitments that pay the bills because they support your well being just as much. This is a key component of lifestyle design.
  • Allow for a little less achieving, accomplishing, and perfecting if it means you can practice expanding your capacity to access joy and pleasure NOW, even if things are still a little messy, undone, or incomplete. That CAPACITY is what makes you truly attractive, especially to your potential clients and the people you most want to spend time with.

DON’T:

  • Succumb to compulsive urges to rush, strive, struggle, or force… especially if you’re doing it because you’d feel bad about yourself otherwise. Instead, shift your focus to your interior – this may actually be a perfect moment to just breathe, feel what you feel, and be okay with things exactly how they are.
  • Believe that if you’re short on funds and not producing enough income to give you the time freedom and buying choice that you want, that it must mean you need to work HARDER. Nine times out of ten, we just need to work SMARTER. Meaning, do MORE of the things we’re good at that pay us really well (because we’re so good at them and we’ve OWNED that), and WAY less of the things we suck at or that pay us crapola.

While that list of suggestions might seem overly simplistic, I can tell you this:

It came from two places mainly;

  1. an examination into my own shifts and changes over the last few years, habit- and perspective-wise, keeping my eye on what has made the most significant difference in my happiness and business success, and
  2. from the most consistent actions taken and beliefs cultivated by my students and private clients who’ve transformed before my eyes – not only in their money maturity and time- and business-management skills, but with their capacity to fully and authentically express themselves, their needs and desires, and their unique gifts and offerings.

So whatever you do, don’t take the list lightly.

Making conscious decisions and taking deliberate actions that strengthen the muscle of THERE IS ENOUGH TIME (even if you don’t think there is, and ESPECIALLY if you habitually rush rush rush) is the most life-, business-, and bank-account-boosting thing you can do if you truly want to cultivate abundance inside and out.

WHY?

Because a belief in NOT enough is a belief in NOT enough, whichever way we spin it. What I mean by that is, if you believe in NOT-ENOUGHNESS around time, you probably unknowingly believe in NOT-ENOUGHNESS around money, and maybe even around love. Essentially, what we’re talking about here is a belief in LACK. That’s like a meme, a virus in your operating system. It contaminates everything and the ripple effect is huge.

Our list of DO’s and DONT’s above practiced daily can help reprogram LACK right at the source. Any belief in lack will start to soften, then before too long, you’ll really start to BELIEVE (because you’ll be taking the actions and getting the physical evidence) that there IS enough time.

TIME to do what deeply matters to you, TIME to nourish yourself, TIME to use great care.

Humor me.

Try taking the list to heart for 3 weeks. See if you don’t see a bump in your energy, your bank account, and your ability to create your life by design.

Let me know how it goes.

Have a beautiful weekend,

 

 

*Chela Davison: ChelaDavison.com

*Elena Brower: ArtofAttention.com and Yogaglo.com

 

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Kris Ward
Kris Ward is a Lifestyle Design Coach™ Trainer and the president and founder of AbundantYogi.com. She has helped to educate and inspire over 100,000 people worldwide out of painful conflict around money, self-sabotage, and inhibited self-expression into having the freedom and abundance to do what they love every day, and ...read more

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  1. Jakes Pietro
    says

    I’ve heard a lot about law of attraction but I really don’t know how I can apply it in my daily life. At times, I force myself to it, but I hardly succeed. Now, after going through your post, I think I’ll be able to implement the law in my daily life… I’m happy I found your post.
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  2. Steph
    says

    Wow, this post was the PERFECT thing for me to read right now. Thank you thank you thank you for reflecting back to me why and how it is vital that I heal my relationship to time. It is not an easy thing to do, especially when you live in NY!

    1. KrisWard
      says

      You’re so welcome, Steph. So thrilled it was helpful to you.
      XO

  3. Linda Black
    says

    My thought today was this…I need more yoga! I’ve neglected my own practice and it shows! I’ve been exhausted, “short” on time, and “short” on patience. Great reminder. I love the way you put it that not having enough time puts us in “lack” and that is not an attractive place to be in. Abundance is the attraction. I’m recommitting to do what I love!

    1. KrisWard
      says

      awesome.

  4. kristinalong
    says

    This was so timely. I am having sk much trouble fitting my yoga practice in my day& running my business. I am a full-time single mother of two so evenings are out& I just end lf taking appointments instead of practicing. Ugh…I’m going crazy!! Any suggestions on how to make it all work? I’m not good with mornings either. 🙁

    1. KrisWard
      says

      It really is a choice. If you see what you’re doing that’s not working and keep doing the same thing, that’s only going to frustrate you.

      At the same time, aim for baby steps. Your changes don’t have to be drastic for you to feel the difference. A 10 minute practice here, a 5 min. meditation there, 3 minutes to journal here… it goes a long way.

      No matter what, don’t ADD to the pressure you’re already putting on yourself. The goal here is to take the pressure OFF.

      Notice if you’re spending time anywhere doing things that DON’T nourish you (facebook, tv, gossip, who knows?); try and swap that time out for activities and practices that DO nourish you.

      Once you habitualize those changes, slowly add to the nourishment time. Try adding 2-3 minutes more time to your self-care per week. Within a month you’ll have added a solid mini-practice that keeps you grounded and clear. Within 3 months it won’t be a mini practice anymore.

      Hope this helps.