You open your mailbox and there they are… the bills. The credit card company (or company’s), the water, the rent. Your stomach goes into a knot.
You open your email inbox and there is a statement from the energy company. Oh right, -20 degrees last month, gulp. Your stomach gets tighter.
Someone asks you to donate to their local charity, or their fun run to raise money for clean water in Africa, or the save the polar bear campaign. You want to donate but you don’t know how much money you’ll have in a week, or a month. So you don’t donate.
You hold on. You hold on because you don’t think you’ll have enough or that you don’t have enough right now.
There’s that word…enough.
How much of your energy is going toward stressing about money? But at the same time, when you really want to do something – a movie, a dinner out, a shirt you really want, you manage to justify it, to spend the money. You find it somewhere.
As I wrote in my blog post “10 steps to create a healthy relationship with money,” money CAN be an energy drain, but it can also be a powerful step and a spiritual path toward trust, generosity, and opening your heart. Money is energy. It flows in and it flows out.
Notice every time you feel stressed about money. Write it down. How much energy is it taking from you? The money isn’t causing you to feel stressed – the relationship to the money is. Is it YOUR money, or is it money? Do you hold on tight like there’s not enough or do you say “oh well, it’s just money” and spend like there’s no tomorrow? Take a look at this.
Think about how your parents talked about money. Notice how your friends talk about money, or your spouse or family. They all impact your relationship with money.
Want to feel healthy in your body with money?
- When you feel the tightness in your chest with your bills, take a deep breath and actually say “thank you” to the company that is providing you with the service.
- Say to yourself every day, “There is enough. Money flows in and out through me.”
- Pick one or two organizations you want to give to, that you believe in and give each month while saying to yourself, “There is enough. Money flows in and out through me.”
- Discern what is important to spend your money on, and what can wait. Make a short list.
- Make an agreement with yourself that you’ll pay off debt this year. And celebrate when you do!
I highly recommend reading, “The Soul of Money” by Lynn Twist to really change your thoughts patterns around money so that you can feel more healthy and happy with this big part of your daily life.
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