Scarcity

Dec 28, 2018 by

Scarcity

The concept of scarcity has been around for a very long time.  Scarcity means that we place more value on resources that are scarce than those that are in abundance.

In psychological terms, this can play out when we focus our attention on what we do not have rather than what we have.  It also relates to desire and a grasping mindset, and to status and comparisons, and the ego.  Therefore, it is a very important term.

What are some examples of scarcity?  It may be that you walk into your home and immediately see only what needs to be done, instead of what is.  There is a popular acronym called FOMO, fear of missing out.  This falls into the category of anxious grasping – thinking that, because you missed an event, you have lost something or are somehow missing out.  As if the experience is critical or you will never have the opportunity again.  It could be that you are racking up credit card debt, i.e. using resources that you do not have, to buy things that you think will make you happy.  These things might make you happy for a short time, but you become habituated to them and the joy of ownership fades quickly.  You might even think there’s something wrong with you because you feel no joy through acquiring and consuming.  The advertisements drill into your head that the thing that is being consumed makes other people happy, why not you?  It could take the form of hijacking your consciousness through fear and disappointment so that you cannot appreciate the now.  It can cause anxiety and chronic stress.

Having a scarcity mindset is like anchoring one’s self to an illusion rather than the moment and it can leave one feeling empty and unfulfilled.

Abundance is the antonym for scarcity.  Just like scarcity is a mindset, so is abundance.  I am not referring to having unlimited resources, I am referring to being aware of what is already there and directing psychological resources to the following practices:

  1.  Be kind.  It means that you are somewhat open-minded and non-judgmental and have compassion for others.
  2. Practice altruistic joy – taking joy in other’s good fortune or happiness.
  3. Focus your attention on what you are experiencing in the present moment – your breath and bodily sensations, scents, sights, sounds, tastes, textures.  The more you do this, the richer the moment becomes.
  4. Do not dwell on losses, find value in every experience.  Suffering brings wisdom.  If you have lost a loved one, try to connect your heart to their energy.  You might even sense their presence or see signs of their presence.  This is important to healing.
  5. Look for opportunities and take risks.  It’s okay to fail, as long as you give yourself positive messages and derive meaning from the experience.
  6. Do not procrastinate, you are devoting more energy to worrying and feeling guilty than it takes to complete the task.  Procrastination is a passive-aggressive action taken against the self.
  7. Create a warm and inviting home by surrounding yourself with meaningful objects and get rid of clutter.
  8. Have fun, manufacture enthusiasm, fake laughter.
  9. Connect to nature, it is abundant.  If there is no water, mountains, grass, trees, plants or flowers that are easily accessible, look up.

 

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