Lately, it seems like the list of society’s “money disorders” seems to be growing by the day. Common money issues today include: compulsive shopping, financial infidelity, debt addiction, hoarding, money phobia, compulsive gambling, financial enabling, and chronic under-earning.
What can we do about this? Perhaps it’s time for a little money therapy. If we have a plumbing problem, we don’t hesitate to call a plumber. If we have a health problem, we go see the doctor. If we have money issues, we deserve the help and advice of a professional, too.
Money affects every aspect of our lives, and yet we know very little about our personal relationship to it. Isn’t it time we began to heal our relationship with money?
As we become more aware of our own money patterns and behaviors, we can begin to make new, healthier choices. This would be a great first step toward creating a new financial legacy for ourselves and our children. A legacy built on self-awareness, knowledge and power instead of stress, fear, mistrust or dependence. But first we must each begin to understand and heal our own relationship with money.
What is money and what does it really mean to you? From my personal point of view, money is a powerful energy force and medium of exchange. It is a tool and resource that I receive as a direct result of the actions and contributions that I put forth in the world. It flows in and out of my life in direct relationship to my efforts and intentions. Whenever I feel fearful or anxious about money, I spend time in prayer and meditate on what inside me needs attending to and address those needs proactively.
What does money mean to you? How does it influence, positively or negatively, your quality of life?