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March 2019 newsletter article

Shift your Mind: Learning the mindset of Abundance

by David Johnson

The age-old question remains: “Is the glass half empty or half full?”  How you answer it tells you a lot about how you view the world around you. For far too many people today, the answer is the negative - half empty. They see the world as a place of scarce resources, deprivation and want. It’s not their fault. We are conditioned to see things that way by advertising which always wants us to buy more before we run out, business which runs on deadlines, budgets and always having to cut back and our own families which have to live on a budget, share what we have and be frugal. So either you see scarcity or you see abundance, the glass half empty or half full.

Stephen Covey explains these concepts beautifully in his classic The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He writes:

“Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a big piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else. The Scarcity Mentality is the zero-sum paradigm of life.

The Abundance Mentality, on the other hand, flows out of a deep inner sense of personal worth or security. It is the paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in the sharing of prestige, recognition, profits and decision-making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives and creativity.”

You can retrain yourself to see the world through the lens of an Abundance Mindset to have less stress and be happier. Here are some great ways you can begin building and maintaining your own Abundance Mindset. Our friends at the Chopra Center suggest these first steps.

Become aware of your mindset
Scarcity is so ingrained in us that we don’t realize we are applying this negative view to our lives. Stop the monologue we all have going on in our heads and examine what you are saying to yourself. Is it all about what cannot be done? What you don’t have to achieve your goals? What is going wrong in your life? If so, time for a change.

ACTION: If you find you are getting less than amazing results in any area of life, ask yourself, “Are my thoughts about this based in fear and scarcity?” If so, then ask, “What do I need to do to shift my mindset to abundance?” Write them down or share them with a friend for accountability.

Watch what you say
The language you use, as well as what you tell yourself and others, shapes your reality. Are you telling stories of scarcity or stories of abundance?

ACTION: When you are engaged in conversation with a friend or the Universe, notice what you are saying about your experience and beliefs. Stop when you find yourself talking about something you can’t have, be, or do—even though it’s what you actually desire—stop yourself and have the courage to say, “Thank you for listening to me, but I actually want to take that statement back because that is a scarcity mentality and I am creating an abundance mentality.” Then, say something that is possible from an abundance mentality.

With the negative monolog stopped, now start actively seeing and doing things differently.

Choose to see opportunity. The next time you are faced with an obstacle, flip it around and consider it an opportunity. Your internet is down? Here’s a chance to read that book you’ve wanted to. No money in your budget for a night out? Great chance to go for a walk to the park or lake instead. You’ll be surprised at how quickly problems dissolve and how soon optimism becomes your default mechanism.

Carefully select the company you keep
Mindsets are contagious. Limit your time with “the-glass-is-half- empty” people. Cultivate friends and associates who have the positive worldview you want for yourself. Misery loves company, so get different company.

Get Organized
Nothing makes you feel worse than a messy life and living space.  Feeling like your days are a little too short? Pull out a planner or calendar, write out your responsibilities and find gaps in which to do the things you enjoy. You will reduce stress and find time for the fun when you plan your days and manage your time well. Declutter and organize your living space so you can find what you want when you want it and rediscover lost resources you can put to better use. Remember, organization isn’t about perfection. It’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money,

Think positively
Now that you have stopped the negative thinking, you need to fill your mind with positive thoughts.
Those with abundant mindsets also spread positivity for others. Instead of carrying a win-or-lose attitude into every situation, create win-win scenarios that benefit everyone involved. Don’t compete - collaborate.

"Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.” –Harvey Mackay

There are so many different things you can do to build your own Abundance Mindset, but the most important is the daily choice you must make to see the glass as half full and work on finding ways to fill the other half up. Choose to be positive about your life, look for opportunities that benefit you, surround yourself with positive people and remain aware of your own negative thoughts and words so you can stop them.  Remember, there is more than enough pie in the world for everyone, so go get yourself a nice, big slice!

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Masonic Education: Seeking More Light

Lodge Education is a big part of Freemasonry today. We continue a long tradition of including talks and presentations in our lodge meetings, which encourage brothers in their goal of continually seeking knowledge and understanding. Light in Masonry is knowledge of the spirit and of the world; it alludes to our quest for inner knowledge of ourselves, and it alludes to the study of nature and our fellow men in order that we may never stop growing in wisdom.

In this part of our lodge web site you will find pages devoted to understanding what Masonry is, what it has been historically, and how you, as a Mason or as an interested seeker can learn more about the wisdom taught by the Craft. Click on the following links to explore further.

With brotherly love,
Bro. James Maertens
Lodge Education Officer


Lodge Library Wish List

To help expand our lodge library, I have created a 'wish list' on Amazon.com where I list books that look interesting for Masons. Check it out, and if you order one of the books, donate it to the library after you are done.

Lake Harriet's Amazon.com Lodge Wishlist

I have a special award for the person who donates the most books to the Lodge library from this wishlist in 2010. I will probably make this an annual competition.

In addition, if you have accumulated books of interest to Masons over the years, consider donating them to the lodge library. We have multiple copies of only a few titles (and the major historical sets and encyclopedias). Philosophy, the good life, spiritual growth, science, psychology, the liberal arts, history -- are all desired.

Fiat Lux!

Bro. James


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