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February 2010: Cultivating Sufficiency.

The ability to cultivate sufficiency or a sense of ‘enoughness’ is an important skill to master in relationships and in life. We live in a culture that prides itself on progress and thinks nothing of leaving relationships or opportunities for the next best thing – with the assumption being that the grass is greener on the other side. Instead of indulging this knee-jerk tendency, what if we were to pause and reflect on what we have in this relationship to be grateful for? Is the grass really greener on the other side? How can we cultivate a sense of ‘enoughness’ and gratitude exactly where we are? In doing so, we might just find peace.

In the next month, begin examining your thoughts and behaviors in your relationships. Where there is opportunity to run, before doing so, examine your assumptions around running. What is it that you’re running from – is it conflict or personal growth that you’re trying to avoid? What is present in this relationship that’s special to you and what might be the gift in staying, both for you and for your partner?