by Maria McGonigal,  Soul Coaching Advanced® Trainer, Advanced Yoga & Meditation Teacher & Acoustic Sound Healing Trainer.

Abundance is all around us. It is the essence of life.
Global biodiversity on planet Earth is strikingly rich but wait until we look into the Universe.
“It has been estimated that there are more stars in the Universe than there are grains of sand on Earth, but there are more atoms in one grain of sand than there are stars in the Universe” shares Fraiser Cain in the Universe Today.
The abundance in the Universe is beyond our comprehension, and we still can barely grasp how many species inhabit planet Earth, which is just a speck in the vastness of the known Universe.

National Geographic informs us that:… “In all the time humans have been discovering and describing new species, we’ve probably only covered about a fifth of what’s out there. A study in 2011 predicted there are some 8.7 million species on Earth, and we’ve identified maybe 1.6 million of them.”…
… “We should also acknowledge species lost over the past decade. The current biodiversity crisis threatens up to a million plant and animal species—some we know, and some we’ve yet to discover. More than 450 species were declared extinct in the past ten years…”

These facts are calling on our attention to wake up to our role in this dire predicament.
You may ask: If the Earth is just a speck in the vastness of the Universe, what am I, an infinitesimal part of a speck?

How can I make a difference?

We are making a huge difference. We are polluting our planet in a myriad of ways and are catapulting ourselves into the sixth mass extinction:
Science Daily reports that “Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction. By 2100, oceans may hold enough carbon to launch mass extermination of species in future millennia.”
We can make a massive difference in the same token if we wake up and make new choices in our personal lives. As much as we would love to change the world, the small, consistent decisions in our personal lives will bring about a new paradigm.

But what does that have to do with abundance?
Let’s look at the definition of abundance.

a·bun·dance
/əˈbəndəns/
noun
noun: abundance; plural noun: abundances
1. a very large quantity of something.” the tropical island boasts an abundance of wildlife” present in great quantity; more than adequate; over-sufficient: an abundant supply of water.
well supplied with something

Nature has an organic way to keep abundance in check, but humans are totally out of control, and the world is drowning with stuff. Each of us must take responsibility for our part in it.
We have “more than adequate; over-sufficient, very large quantities” of everything and more.
Our homes and garages are overflowing with stuff we don’t use but need to find a new home.

“Self-storage is an increasingly popular business.
There are an estimated 45,000 storage facilities across the country, and new construction has tripled in the past five years. There are now an estimated 6.5 square feet of self-storage space for every person in America.
Households, not companies, account for 80 percent of industry revenue of $38 billion a year.
What is marketed as affordable convenience comes at a high cost and masks an oddly American appetite for stuff. It is estimated that 90 percent of the global storage facilities are in the United States.”, says The Gazette.
On the other hand, we discard instead of recycling.
“Currently, though, the majority (65.4 percent) of materials discarded by homes and businesses in the U.S. are ultimately dumped into landfills or burned in incinerators. The U.S. only composts and recycles about half that much material at 34.6 percent. ” The most concerning the problem of landfills is the toxic waste in the pileup will blend with the water or snow, when it rains or snows, and that can flow out of the landfill, contaminate groundwater, damage crops and can cause serious health problems.” as stated by the Frontier Group.

The Earth is polluted, and we are all suffering because of it.
I am also a part of this problem, and maybe you are too and are urged to take action.
I am in the process of letting go of so much of my possessions, who truly possess us. That’s why they are called possessions.

Our visionary teacher, Denise Linn, who has long ago realized this huge problem and has been a part of the solution. She created the original Soul Coaching® Program and the Soul Coaching® Clutter Clearing Quest. Both programs will explain why we have clutter in our lives, how to release it, and how not to accumulate it again.
But why do we accumulate stuff in the first place?

Denise informs us that:” From a spiritual perspective, letting go of physical “stuff” equates with letting go of emotional blockages and barriers in your life.
In truth, clutter clearing is never just about the stuff; it’s a signpost that indicates other things going on in your life beneath the surface.”

Mother Theresa eloquently stated:
“The the greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

I wholeheartedly agree that humanity suffers from a lack of authentic connections, from a lack of love.
We are spiritually poor and don’t know where to turn to find fulfillment. We are burying our problems by gathering stuff around us like a cloak of protection. Without acknowledging our problems’ root, we create an insurmountable challenge contributing to our demise as a species.

How do we address this insatiable hunger for stuff?
How do we find more love in our lives?
The Soul Coaching® 28 Day Program is a process that takes you to your spiritual source and helps you find meaning and sacredness in everyday life.
~ Do you know your life purpose?
~ Do you love your life?
~ Do you feel safe and secure?
~ Is your life a true reflection of who you are?
~ Are you fulfilled and happy in your relationships?

These crucial questions and many more that you will answer during the program will propel you to determine what truly matters to you.
When you do, your life is flooded with love.
Your heart expanded are now connected and listening to Nature and its wise cycles. Nature shows the way into balance, and harmony ensues.

Harmony is the balance of “just rightness” of things in the proper proportion, which rewards us with inner peace.
Harmony will guide us to be the stewards of a more balanced, healthy, and loving world.

REFERENCES

National Geographic
PUBLISHED December 26, 2019
By Rachael Bale, ANIMALS Executive Editor
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/newsletters/animals/2019/12/how-many-species-have-not-found-december-26/

Universe Today
Posted November 25, 2013
By Fraser Cain
https://www.universetoday.com/106725/are-there-more-grains-of-sand-than-stars/

ScienceDaily
Date: September 20, 2017
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Original written by Jennifer Chu
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/09/170920182116.htm

The Gazette
By Carla Fried, Rate.com
Date: Fri., January 24, 2020
https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/nation-and-world/38-billion-is-spent-yearly-on-self-storage-20200124

Frontier Group
By Abi Bradford, Frontier Group; Sylvia Broude, Toxics Action Center; Alexander Truelove, U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Release date: Monday, February 12, 2018
https://frontiergroup.org/reports/fg/trash-america

Goodreads – Quotes
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/139677-the-greatest-disease-in-the-west-today-is-not-tb

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Maria is one of only four Soul Coaching® Advanced Trainers worldwide.
She is an Acoustic Sound Healing Practitioner & Trainer, and an Advanced Yoga & Meditation Teacher.
Maria is an international speaker and an author in three international best selling collaborative books.
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