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What do Success, Joy and Abundance Really Mean?

BY Parvati

A special hello to my friends at the amazing MusExpo and Radio Summit conferences this week in Hollywood! My husband Rishi is there promoting our work at Parvati.org for MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary.
This is a pivotal time for the entertainment industry. I know that what we each do, think and create reflects and shifts the directive of our collective consciousness as a whole. With the power available to us today through the media, the role and corresponding responsibility of artists have never been so relevant. The music industry has undergone profound transformation in the past decade. We have an opportunity to come together to heal the world through music. That is what I am committed to do in all the creative offerings I have been developing for MAPS.
Major conferences like this, where the world’s leading labels and independent agents all come together in search of success and abundance, reminds me of the importance of a clear understanding of these goals. As such, I would like to share these thoughts with you.
I met someone recently who asked me, puzzled, “If I don’t want to be better, how will I ever become better?” Success for her was something external, and she was tired of running after it. She felt there must be another way, but she was unclear what it could be. She had lived a life driven by what she felt others wanted for her rather than fueled by her own personal joy.
Joy often seems elusive, something we will get to eventually, once we complete this task or that one, or once we have achieved this goal or that one. To me, living like this is being the proverbial donkey who chases the carrot held out on a stick in front of him. It is an impossible pursuit. In that situation, our impulse to move arises from what we think will make us happy “over there” and from feelings of scarcity in this moment, rather than tapping into the reality of eternal abundance.
Abundance is a bit of a popular catchword that seems to, in itself, contain external measures of success. For many, it often relates to financial wealth, whereas for me, it expresses a life of possibility and energetic opulence that is available to all and is not conditional upon the external. When we live by abundance, we feel we have enough, no matter what the circumstances may be. The notion of “more” is a possibility, an organic arising, rather than a reaching or a wanting. We don’t need more to be happy. We are open to more, should this be the expression of life and of our highest good. In a state of abundance, there is no push/pull struggle, but a dance with life, in this moment, as it is.
Joy has a lot to do with abundance. Perhaps it is why Joseph Campbell’s phrase “Follow your bliss and doors will open where before there were none” became so popular. When we follow our joy, we feel an impulse to participate in life. We feel an impulse to share, because we feel connected to our inner wealth.
We can find temporal motivation through fear, feeling “if we don’t” do a certain thing, “then we won’t” get a certain reward (such as approval). Yet joy is also a tremendous motivator. It taps into a wealth of energy that far outshines the capacity of fear. By following our joy, our impulse to act comes from a deeper, more rooted and expansive place, and brings to our lives a vital force unlike any other.
May you touch your deepest expression of your version of success and may you live by it. May you follow your joy and share that light with the world.
Love yourself.
Love others.
Love our world.
We are one Earth family.


Thank you for reading! All my music, yoga and words are dedicated to MAPS, the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. MAPS is an urgently needed global intervention to protect the polar ice that keeps our planet cool and weather stable. The ice caps ensure we have the food and water we all need to survive. Please support MAPS at Parvati.org for the sake of all life on Earth. From my heart to yours, it literally means the world.