Instead it is more helpful to see “enough” as a verb, Wayne Muller says in his book, “A Life of Having, Doing and Being Enough.”
A noun is definite, a description of objects, whereas a verb denotes action and flow. A verb is in movement and thus cannot be quantified, being neither fixed nor solid.
By changing our definition of “enough,” as Muller suggests, we are open to different possibilities.
How do you know when you have enough?
How do you feel when you have enough?
And how much is enough?
By allowing ourselves to feel the flow of life energy moving through us and practicing the art of equanimity, our entire attitude and resultant feelings transform. We discover we always have enough.
Equanimity is the art of calmness in the midst of a storm, the art of letting go of clinging to either side of a situation or event. We open to the truth that universal energy is showing us what we need to do and take us just where we need to go.
Equanimity is trust that the universe knows how to evolve and grow and is here to guide us as we relax and accept what is.
This is mindfulness. Mindfulness knows the universe is never out of balance. Causes and conditions have been sown through thoughts and feelings, and now is the time of harvest. Whatever is is just the way it needs to be for now, and it will change, for impermanence is a part of the natural world.
Each moment this universal flow of energy brings us what is needed. And it’s always enough.
The scientific truth is that each of us is both a particle and a wave simultaneously and cannot be pinned down nor defined. We are both.
This is true flexibility. We have the choice to surrender to this or resist the flow.
Each moment is a moment to notice any resistance to what is happening and learn to surf the energy field in which we all live.
I invite you to stop for a moment, breathe, and ask what this movement of energy feels like in you right now. Yes, the breath is moving! Can you feel it pulsing through you? It really can’t be pinned down. It may be cool or warm, fast or slow, short or long. Just feel it.
Is this breath enough?
When you sense what is happening in your body, take a moment to enjoy each movement. Let yourself feel these sensations. These pulsations may tingle, or you might feel a tightness, a pull in a muscle, a warmth or coldness. Pay attention.
All this is Spirit becoming. Each breath is Spirit. If you look spirit and breath up in Webster’s dictionary you’ll see both come from the same root word: spiritus; to breathe.
Spirit fills us, just as each breath gives us enough to live and take the next breath. Spirit gives us enough each moment.
Then ask how you feel when you are wanting something different to happen—when you don’t think you have enough.
What are the sensations in your body? What emotions flow through you?
Breathe and feel this flow of energy.
Simply pay attention to whatever is taking place and let it be what it is. Notice how it moves and flows.
What eventually happens is that we discover we have always had enough of life, regardless of our views about it.
For here we are. All that has happened has brought us to this moment, and it will guide us into the next.
Something within knows the way.
We connect to Spirit through the movement of the sensations in our body. This calms the thinking mind. Ideas come and energy flows.
This life adventure has equal amounts of suffering and joy. The root word for “suffer” means “to allow.” When we begin allowing whatever is to be what it is, suffering diminishes, dissolves.
Just pay attention to it and watch the flow. It’s all part of the process of life.
As the Tao tells us, “Everything that flows is healthy.”
And may we all understand that we are guided by something within that arises and gives us just what we need.
It loves you and gives you life every instant.
It is enough.
What more could we possibly want?