- Avidya – Incorrect Comprehension
- Asmita – Ego
- —> Raga – Scarcity vs. Abundance Mindset <—
- Dvesa – rejecting things because of previous experience or not knowing
- Abhinivesa – fear
Does This Sound Familiar?
- Why does she have all the luck?
- Why can’t I get a better job?
- I can’t believe they bought a brand new car!
- Her hair is always perfect, her nails are always done, she always looks so put together.
- He owes me!
- I can’t believe he’s gone off with someone else and now he seems so happy.
- How dare she take my daughter bra shopping!
- If only I had more time…
- If only I had more money…
- If only I had more energy…
- If only I had this magic potion…
This is what raga looks like. It’s the have’s vs. the have nots. It’s pining for things you don’t have because you think if you had them you’d be faster, stronger, better, skinny, beautiful, wealthy, etc. Raga, or the scarcity mindset, keeps us stuck in the blame, complain, & I have an excuse for everything realm of existence.
The scarcity mindset is epidemic among women in the stepmom role. And vice versa. There’s so much scarcity thinking going on between divorced moms and stepmoms one would think all the water on the earth suddenly evaporated. The truth is we pretty much want the same things – we want there to be enough money, enough love, enough food…and enough things. Instead of feeling robbed of what you think you don’t have, what if you looked around and found all the things you could be grateful for?
An attitude of gratitude is my favorite place to start if my monkey mind starts complaining about the things I don’t have. Open up your journal and number the page 1 – 10. You have 80 seconds – make a list of what you’re grateful for. Bonus points if you share at least three in the comments today!
Yesterday, my article “10 Reasons Why I Practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” was published in The Huffington Post. I would love it if you shared the link, left a comment, or hit the like button!