I have a dear friend who years ago gifted me a small piece of rose quartz with the word abundance carved into it. As she gave it to me she said that she was giving it to me not to draw abundance into my life, but rather that I would see the abundance that already existed in my life. Wise friend.
There are many ways to count the abundance in our lives. In our culture, too often we count our abundance and success by how much money we make and the volume or our material possessions. In reality, abundance is not something that we acquire. It is something we tune into. It is not what we have, but what brings us joy that truly constitutes our abundance. So, abundance is about being rich, with or without having money. Riches that are not from an abundance of worldly goods, but rather from a contented mind and full, joyful heart.
When I was much younger, we were rather materially poor and it was during these years of limited financial income that I was gifted the lessons that showed me that it doesn't require money to be rich. It requires an appreciation of what you already have. So many of the things that bring abundance into our lives are about gifts and experiences that touch our hearts.
If we stop counting our level of abundance in the physical, material form and look for the things that make us truly happy, peaceful, contented, supported and loved we will likely all find that our lives are indeed richly abundant.
It is important to remember that the Universe operates through dynamic exchange - that giving and receiving are different aspects of the flow of energy in the universe. So we must learn to value, appreciate and be grateful for what we have before we can expect to receive more. We also need to have a willingness to give and share in order in turn to receive. This is the energy cycle that continually creates abundance in our lives. Giving and gratitude are the doorway to abundance. Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them from you - and you, and you alone can give them and you will always receive heart felt abundance for your giving.
Recognizing the abundance in our lives requires turning off the never satisfied, chatter box, ego-centric "monkey mind" and tuning into the wisdom of our heart and soul. The world is full of abundance and opportunity - our lives, no matter the course they have taken have provided rich experiences - a veritable bounty of life lessons. It may not be as important to recognize that the glass is half full or half empty - but to be grateful that we actually have a glass.
Whatever we need the most and always seem to be waiting for - whether it be peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.