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A Sufficient Future (Part 6 of 7)

By Shea Adelson

Three recent experiences helped me start to think about A Sufficient Future:

One – It occurred to me as I was doing yoga this week and making a transition from one pose to another and then my wanting a block and moving towards the block and coming back to my mat, that not only was that a transition, but those moves led to my future, the future of the now of being on my mat. Insight 1: How we make transitions has a lot to do with how our future is going to look.

Two – Today I watch my daughter play with Legos; she is tired, no nap, and will eventually sprout a fever later in the night, but her drive to play is potent. She flows into play naturally, no matter her state. Insight 2 (perhaps a leap, but this is what arose): What draws me into flow will be the path of least resistance into sufficiency.

Three – Jen (Cohen) and I have another mind-blowing conversation with Roger Burton (a Seven Stones Advisor). We start to uncover our assumptions (about anything we talk about), and I begin to see that I feel a sweeping sense of entitlement to anything I want – wealth, health, happiness, peace, even sufficiency. When I don’t get these things, I feel betrayed. Insight 3: The possibility of being in sufficiency is through, at least in part, a process of releasing and overcoming the obstacles and the layers we’ve accumulated – the scarcity voices that are embedded culture and ancestral relationships – to return to the assumption of sufficiency.

The truth is – I don’t know exactly how to have a sufficient future. I’m inventing my future with each breath, each step, each choice and that includes uncovering my assumptions, what draws me into flow and being present to each word I utter and every product I purchase. These things add up to my future. They all rest on my assumptions. If I am embedded in the assumptions of Scarcity then my choices will reflect that and will have little impact towards flowing me towards the freedom of Sufficiency.

For your Sufficient Future practice, consider:

What does the future mean to you?
How do you relate to your future?
How much time do you spend thinking about it?
What meanings and assumptions do you make about the future?

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