by Amy Bidrman - pre and post natal yoga teacher and wildly inspired momma goddess!
Sri Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance, wealth and beauty. My limiting beliefs about these ideals are what keep me enthralled with her. When I find myself with an attitude of resistance to excess, or judging some material or ostentatious display as wasteful or “too much,” I am suffering both attachment (to some ideal of simplicity and resourcefulness) and aversion. I am approaching life from a perspective that comes from beliefs clinging to scarcity, an unconscious loyalty to lack, or a wanting mind.
Lakshmi moves us beyond our limiting beliefs by opening our hearts to greater acceptance. Underlying the spirit of Lakshmi is the belief that in every moment, you are enough, have enough, and know enough to be exactly where and who you are. She allows us the true experience of abundance in all areas of our lives and thoughts, and at the same time the freedom and liberation of their surrender. If our perception is derived from the source of inner contentment, then we start to get a sense of the abundance, the true wealth, and the beauty of Lakshmi.
I had a rather exotic but quite practical great Aunt Mary. She was a school principal, was well travelled, single, confident, inspiring, wise, brave, and she had an impeccable sense of gifting - a way that combined great adventure with a great sense of responsibility and practicality. Her gifts of abundance (a plane ticket!), of beauty (my wedding dress!), and of wealth (cash!) came from her open heart. She was good just for ‘goodness’ sake, and her generosity came from great spirit. Her example is an inclusive and embodied spirituality. Like Lakshmi, she removed any separation between her open hearted spirit and her ordinary life.
Lately I align with the spirit of Lakshmi by manifesting financial abundance as a karma yoga practice. Three years ago I started offering my time teaching gentle asana classes to pregnant and new mothers for donations, and over the last few years a community has grown and flourished. Thousands of dollars in donations for both local and international organizations in support of maternal health have been lovingly accepted. It all came about with an underlying belief in the abundance of time, wealth, and the beauty of community.
We ALLOW abundance in our lives by believing in it from the start. When our thoughts originate from a sense of abundance, we will automatically recognize it everywhere we look and in everything we feel.