Abundance Jar Update

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Since its inception, my Abundance Jar has been steadily filling up with all the wonderful moments that life has to offer. It’s almost to the point where I’m thinking a larger jar is needed! Each piece of paper documents a thought – a moment – during which I was thankful. Some are as simple as,

New coloured pens! 

Pretty!
Pretty!

Others as meaningful as,

Spent the night curled up on the couch with Brandon.

Regardless of what the message says, they all have the same affect – mindfulness. Being mindful, fully aware of my surroundings, is a valuable lesson I learned through the teachings of Jon Kabat-Zinn. His book Wherever You Go, There You Are and his guided meditation have inspired me to wake up from the hazy monotony in which I was living my life and embrace being fully present in the moment. I’ve learned to take chances, try new things, adapt self-awareness, and practice the art of slowing down and being patient.

Okay the patience thing….. I’m still working on, but I must say I’ve improved by leaps and bounds!

This is where my Abundance Jar fits in. Capturing and writing down those moments of awareness will serve to remind me what life is truly all about.

Life is about the journey we take and not the destination we seek. If we focus on the end we’ll miss all the really good bits in the middle!

Have you started an Abundance Jar?

What have you learned about yourself?

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4 thoughts on “Abundance Jar Update

  1. This is a great idea! We did something similar last year – I tacked an A3 piece of paper on our living room door with the headline ‘Thank You’ and then left it there. It was wonderful to go back a month later and read all the comments the family had written: individual gratitude, notes to someone who did someone else’s washing up when they were out, thanks for a hug, thanks for a family day out…it was very gratifying and helped the children and us parents see that we do appreciate each other! (and the paper got filled!)
    Think we might get an Abundance Jar going now!

    1. That’s a wonderful idea Lisa! I think perhaps I might need to incorporate that into my house. Mind you it’s just the hubby and I, but still 🙂

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. I’m adding it to the Abundance Jar!

  2. I love the idea of a jar and I’m so happy you posted an update! I read Rhonda Byrne’s “Magic” last summer and it inspired me to start writing down ten things I’m thankful for every day. Now I have a pretty hardback journal dedicated only to that and I try to do it every day. I filled up an entire journal since I started, with only good things, and I’m telling you, it makes a HUGE difference in my outlook on life! It’s sort of the same idea as the jar, but there’s definitely something intriguing about having a jar out in the open in a place where you can see it every day. I think I might have to try it, maybe when I finish this next journal. 🙂

    1. A journal is a great idea! I always journal as often as I can, it’s a great way to change bad moods into great moods. I find myself initially complaining or feeling sorry for myself but in the end I switch to a pep talk. 🙂

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