I love many aspects of this article, but feel like it’s a little irresponsible. You can’t have a conversation about ending scarcity thinking without talking about ending actual material scarcity. The solutions are both mental (internal) and material (external).

Scarcity is artificially created in a culture as abundant as ours. I affirm the importance of so many of these practices (validating your feelings and that you are feeling them, checking in with reality… basically the first things I learned in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and anyone would learn trying the same), but your mentality is not the whole picture. Feelings of scarcity are very real, because artificially-created scarcities due to unjust and hierarchical distribution practices and ownership structures over resources are very real.

Might I suggest another experiment for reducing scarcity thinking: unionizing, building worker cooperatives, liberating vital resources from for-profit businesses, de-commodifying basic necessities across the economy, raising the minimum wage, universal healthcare, student loan debt cancellation, and organizing collectively to achieve all of this. Collective organizing in solidarity with others is also a great way to reduce loneliness and isolation, in my experience, and the scarcity mentality that comes with it.

I’ve heard so self-help gurus talk about the importance of the “Law of Attraction,” and even some say that lack of material abundance can be chalked up to unconscious resistance and a fixation on scarcity. Perhaps this is true, but if your resistance remains unconscious, you might as well attribute it to an unjust economic system, and work on remedying the situation externally as well as internally.

It’s always both.

God, this is Anna. Writing for a world where many worlds fit. www.allgodsnomasters.com