Which would you rather have?
Material abundance – Lots of money, a nice house, a nice car, expensive jewelry, vacations all over the world, expensive food, your own helicopter, romantic person of interest, etc.
Emotional abundance – Joy, gratitude, happiness, patience, acceptance, forgiveness, etc.
A year ago, I would’ve said material abundance because who would say no to having their own helicopter? Helicopters are just so damn cool! I would’ve said material abundance also because I was so sure of myself that it would make me happy because I knew where all my money would go and when you have a lot of money, you don’t have time to get bored and depressed.
Today, my answer is definitely emotional abundance and I’m sticking with that.
Because I know what it’s like to experience each without the other…sort of. You can feel materially abundant but not feel emotionally abundant. However, once you feel emotionally abundant, you also feel materially abundant regardless of what you have or don’t have.
I’ve experience material abundance many times, especially in the last couple of years. Even though I was able to see the material abundance, I could not feel the emotional abundance. My emotional mindset stood in the face of anxiety and deep, dark depression and I didn’t even realize it. Ask any super rich but depressed celebrity everyone seems to idolize. They will tell you material things don’t mean shit when your emotions are shit.
I’ve experienced emotional abundance many times in my past and now recently. I had been on and off from daily meditation and that was my mistake. Once I realized how imperative meditation is for the mind, I decided to meditate for hours upon hours. I was able to convince myself that if I wanted to get my emotional head on straight again and keep it there, I will really need to force myself to meditate 1-3 hours a day. And be super diligent about it, even when I end up getting busy in life. Emotional abundance that derives from meditation is now a daily requirement in my life, not an option. What meditation to me is like insulin to a diabetic.
So now that I’m able to start experiencing emotional abundance again, it doesn’t matter what kind of material abundance I have or receive, everything just becomes colorfully grandiose.
Which would you rather have if you had to chose, emotional abundance or material abundance and why?
Photo: Wavecrest Beach near the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, California.