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Are You More Drawn to Simplicity or to Abundance?

Zen GardenI love dividing the world into categories. Abstainers and moderators. Radiators and drains. Leopards and alchemists. Marathoners and sprinters (formerly known as “tortoises and hares”–I like this terminology better, how about you?)

I’ve come up with a new distinction, but I’m still turning it over in my mind. I’m not sure it works out…I would love to hear your response.

A conversation between two friends, at my children’s literature reading group meeting, inspired me to notice this.

One friend said, “I always want to feel empty,” and a friend responded, “I always want to feel full.” (They were speaking metaphorically.)

I thought this was just about the most interesting pair of remarks that I’d ever heard. I wasn’t able to pursue this conversation at the time, but I plan to.

In the meantime, it got me thinking: is this a distinction?

Does one group–I’ll call them the simplicity lovers–prefer to have less, subtraction, emptiness, bare surfaces, few choices, spare supplies–one tube of toothpaste? Does this go with a love of stillness?

And does another group–I’ll call them abundance lovers–prefer to have more, fullness, overflow, collections, many choices, ample supplies–five tubes of toothpaste? Does this go with a love of buzz?

What do you think of these two categories–agree or disagree? If it strikes a chord with you, what group do you identify with? I put myself in the simplicity lovers category.

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Prosperity Meditation

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Sat Nam my friends! I am so proud to share that yesterday I graduated from level one Golden Bridge Kundalini teacher training. Yogi Bhajan said, “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” So it is with great pleasure that I share these tools with you!

Today’s vlog is one of many Kundalini meditation videos that I’ll be sharing. In this video I teach the meditation for prosperity. This meditation is said to expand your electromagnetic field which enhances your attracting power. In addition, in Kundalini Yoga this meditation is believed to stimulate the mind, the moon center and Jupiter. When Jupiter and the moon come together there is no way you cannot create wealth! When you practice the meditation in this video chant along with the Har Tantric found below. If you have questions or thoughts about the meditation I welcome you to leave a comment below.

If you’d like to learn more Kundalini yoga and meditation from me join me for my May Group workshop entitled Bust Through the Blocks or join me June 28 – 30 for my annual Kripalu retreat.

Enjoy today’s vlog! Cheers to your abundance.

Practice this meditation to the Har Tantric mantra found here.

De-bunking the Myth of Competition in Favor of Abundance

Competition-in-BusinessIt looks like we’ll be adultery sisters in January…

The text came across the screen of my phone. I knew my friend was referring to a call for submissions from a big publisher that I’d recently passed along in hopes of helping her mission to get her (amazing) writing out there. My heart skipped a beat as a wide smile spread across my face — genuine joy permeated my being.

But then, arrestingly, out of the blue, in a flash… in the pit of my stomach, there was a tremor of… of…. hesitation. It was an old, familiar feeling of guilt — a brief pause of fear-laced vulnerability, regretful heaviness spurned by giving away my competitive edge. It’s not a natural state for me, this feeling of anxiety; it was planted there in my corporate days by a well-meaning, but in my estimation, slightly off-center boss.

Let’s call her “Shelly”. Shelly came from a big publishing house. This was key as we were producing a catalog together. Despite her MBA and her well groomed resume, she mostly stood in the wings and let me do my thing. I had a knack for this racket. I loved it through and through. This surprised a lot of people including myself. See, the thing was, it was right up my alley — a visible job of critical importance.

The Leo in me has always loved being front and center. I memorized the response rate of each month; I knew the creative, both copy and imagery, that most resonated with the varying segments of the target audience; I had the relevant deadlines seared into my brain and could rattle them off without so much as pausing for a breath. It was, without a doubt, a shining moment in my corporate career. But there was one way that Shelly and I fundamentally disagreed: I loved to share (much like I do now) totally and completely and without apprehension. I often felt it necessary to allot varying percentages of our success to my teammates in production even though technically, within the business, they were competitors.

Being that we were in a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog corporate environment where behind closed doors each senior manager was fighting fist-to-cuff for their budget and the size of their team quarter after quarter, my selflessness was not Shelly’s favorite attribute. She saw it as a flaw, a weakness. When I would freely offer ideas and limelight galore, a dark cloud would cross Shelly’s face and her jaw would lock down and start trembling. I’d take one look at her stormy expression and know I was in for it at our next one-on-one.

“You can everything in life you want if you only help enough other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar

Recently, I’ve renounced this antiquated notion of competition, although it’s not an easy habit to acquiesce. Here’s the deal: It makes me feel good to help others. And I’ve realized that many others, whom I admire, do this as well. Jennifer Pastiloff and Chelsea Roff have been shameless in their willingness to collaborate when I’ve sought their help. Why should I not be the same way? Isn’t it incumbent upon me to continue to spread the opulence? In my mind, operating in a chickenhearted way just begets chickenheartedness. I do not desire to participate in a rat race mentality. In keeping with Lily Tomlin’s quote,

“The problem with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

So I did a little research to see what others think about the topic of competitiveness. I googled “Is competition good?” Apparently, Rosa Park had posed this same question in a TED conversation awhile back. A hearty dialogue ensued where basically, the net was that a little counteraction can be a good thing, but as with anything in life, too much is not helpful. In fact, too much antagonism can backfire and cause people to stress out, bow out and bug out.

I am not interested in operating from an oppositional spirit. I prefer to champion the theory of abundance. I trust there are enough people with enough eyeballs and enough bodies who are hungry for stimulus and arousal — they want to wake up and live their lives fully and passionately. I do not think you can ever have too much joy, too much inspiration, too much enthusiasm. I just don’t think it’s possible. To me, competition belies a need to protect, defend, stake out what’s mine-is-mine and a fight-to-the-death aura. It implies separateness. Fundamentally, I disagree, as I subscribe, wholeheartedly, to the theory that All is One.

And so, I say we throw off these shackles of lack, of fear, of conviction that there is not enough. Bullshit! We have the opportunity to spread love in copious amounts. And so I say, we must. Yes, we must — help one another, care for one another, share from the pits of our soul with wanton abandon and certain gusto.

Chelsea Roff: Spending is Spiritual — 5 Tips to Create a More Mindful Relationship with Money

There are many reasons to start saving money early in life — for travel, for unexpected emergencies, for retirement, or simply so you won’t have to worry about finances so much later on. Many people, however,  don’t have the foresight to start putting money away early. According to this infographic, 40% of people under the age of 35 have absolutely no savings.

I’m young. Actually, I’m younger than the age group talked about in this infographic, and I can’t imagine not having a savings account. Maybe it was just the way I was raised, but I’ve been setting aside “emergency funds” since I was eighteen. I wish I could say it’s because I’m saving for retirement, but I’m certainly not thinking that far ahead. In all honesty my saving habits are more driven from fear — of not having enough, of suddenly losing my job, of a family member needing my help and me being incapable to give. This didn’t really become evident to me until recently, when I made a decision to take a closer look at my relationship with money.


Money is a taboo topic. I think many of us (myself included) choose to neglect our finances because money is an uncomfortable topic to think about, because we’ve been taught that having money is greedy and wanting money is desperate. Some of us even fall back on pseudospiritual excuses for ignoring our  financial well-being, like  “I’d rather just stay in the present” or “the universe will take care of me.” The fact is, if you want that oh-so-coveted “abundance” in your life, you have to work for it.

Regardless of how old you are, everyone has space to grow in creating a more mindful relationship with money. In fact, I think if we approach it intentionally, money can become a spiritual practice in and of itself.

Here are a few tips I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Watch your spending habits like you watch your thoughts in meditation.

Notice where you spend without judgment or derision, and consider what your spending habits tell you about your values, desires, and your overall state of mind. Do you spend a lot of money on food, clothes, physical fitness, etc? Create awareness around your relationship with money first, and then if you notice a pattern you’re unhappy with you can look at changing it.

2. Use the tools available to you.

The other day I saw a woman — probably in her mid to late forties — balancing her checkbook at a grocery store. Part of me was little in shock. I hadn’t seen someone balance their checkbook since…. Well, I can’t remember the last time. If you prefer to track your spending that way, all the more power to you. But there are so many tools available to manage money these days, there is no excuse to overdraft or lose track of your bank account. I recommend Mint, a safe and secure smartphone application that automatically tracks and classifies how you’re spending your money. It even generates monthly reports and makes recommendations for how to improve your financial habits.

3. Develop structure around your spending habits.

It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged budget, but create some goals and intentions around what and how you want to spend your money. Perhaps you can commit to spending no more than $50 on clothing in the month of May. Structure helps us feel more secure and grounded in our relationship with money. Note: The structure you’re looking for is a balance between fluidity and rigidity.

4. Make it less about you.

Part of my hang-up around money was that I felt selfish when I had it and desperate when I didn’t. Money, especially when you’re young and don’t have a family to take care of, is very me-focused. When I shifted my perspective to see how my personal financial decisions effected others, everything changed. I wanted to have more money so I could donate to the charities I care about, so I treat my friends for dinner, so I could surprise my sister with an unexpected gift. Money is a medium of exchange, and as a result every action you take around it will undoubtedly effect other people.

5. Realize that you vote with your dollars.

The way we spend our money is a reflection of what we value, and it’s a way of communicating to those in power what we want more of and what we could do without. When you buy from a local farmer’s market and leave the imported pineapples on the shelf, you’re voting for a more sustainable economy. This realization creates a sense of empowerment and responsibility around money. If we put as much thought into our spending habits as we do the presidential elections, I think we would be a much stronger force for political change.

Infographic via Feed the Pig

Each week on the Intent Blog, we feature articles, videos, and images to inspire you to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. This week, our focus is on Financial Wellbeing. If you’ve recently set an intent related to your relationship with money, share it with us in the comment section below. We’ll do our best to support you with interesting content to keep you motivated along the way!

5 Inspiring Quotes About Money

“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith

“If you want to know what a man is really like, take notice of how he acts when he loses money.” — Simone Weil

“Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.” — Kahlil Gibran

“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money and I’ll tell you what they are.” — James W. Frick 

“If you’re in the luckiest 1 per cent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 per cent.” — Warren Buffet

Each week on the Intent Blog, we feature articles, videos, and images to inspire you to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life. This week, our focus is on Money and Finances. If you’ve recently set an intent related to your relationship with money, share it with us in the comment section below. We’ll do our best to support you with interesting content to keep you motivated along the way!

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Be Amazing At Being You

 Monday, 9/19

Be amazing at being you

 

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“Your most important job is to be you. Because that’s something nobody else can do.

 

 

 

Through your perspective, life is able to know and experience itself in a unique and valuable way. From your efforts, the world receives goodness that can come from nowhere else.

 

 

 

You owe it to yourself to fulfill your best possibilities.

 

And you owe it to all of life to express the beauty and the abundance in your own unique way.”

– – The Daily Motivator by Ralph Marston

Steve Farrell

Humanity’s Team World Wide Coordinating Director

 

 

 

Squirrel Medicine: Affirming An Abundant Future

Squirrel medicine reminds us to set aside a portion of our most precious resources as an investment in the future.

Native Americans considered all living beings as brothers and sisters that had much to teach including squirrels. These small creatures taught them to work in harmony with the cycles of nature by conserving for the winter months during times when food was plentiful. In our modern world, squirrels remind us to set aside a portion of our most precious resources as an investment in the future. Though food and money certainly fall into this category, they are only some of the ways our energy is manifested. We can conserve this most valuable asset by being aware of the choices we make and choosing only those that nurture and sustain us. This extends to the natural resources of our planet as well, using what we need wisely with the future in mind.

Saving and conservation are not acts of fear but rather affirmations of abundance yet to come. Squirrels accept life’s cycles, allowing them to face winters with the faith that spring will come again. Knowing that change is part of life, we can create a safe space, both spiritually and physically, that will support us in the present and sustain us in the future. This means not filling our space with things, or thoughts, that don’t serve us. Without hoarding more than we need, we keep ourselves in the cyclical flow of life when we donate our unwanted items to someone who can use them best. This allows for more abundance to enter our lives, because even squirrels know a life of abundance involves more than just survival.

Squirrels use their quick, nervous energy to enjoy life’s adventure. They are great communicators, and by helping each other watch for danger, they do not allow worry to drain them. Instead, they allow their curious nature to lead the way, staying alert to opportunities and learning as they play. Following the example set by our squirrel friends, we are reminded to enjoy the journey of life’s cycles as we plan and prepare for a wonderful future, taking time to learn and play along the way.

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / law_keven

Powerful Creator

In the unfolding of my life, I have seen many things.

In my practice, I have assisted many persons globally and for that I am truly grateful.

I continue to be marvelled by the powers that we have been given. I continue to marvel at how easy they are to be invoked and used to our greater good.

I have been repeating a mantra that I borrowed from Bob Proctor and I have now made it my own. It reads I am so happy and grateful that MONEY comes to me now through multiple sources, in increasing quantities on a continuous basis.

I started to repeat this mantra 2 weeks ago and the unfoling is just beautiful. I keep finding money in envelopes in my house that I don’t recall putting there.

Today was the greatest and I just had to share. A new book that I had began to read, indicated that a dream book should be kept by one’s bedside to record all dreams. I thought to myself that I would purchase a book. However something prompted me to use a book I had already. It’s a book that I only had written 2 poems in and used last oct 2010. This book was given to me by someone from INDIA. It’s a cherished piece. Before doing my meditation I went to my book shelf picked up the book and opened it to make my notations, as I opened the book to my shockend, awe, and delight out come MONEY.

Now, i searched my memory but it was never my practice to put money in a book. No one else could have put it there. What is amazing is since I have started with this mantra, I keep finding money in envelopes in my house, each time I cannot account for where it came from.

I thought long and hard before sharing this as I know there will be skepticism, but I also thought if I can share this with other people who will find it useful forget the skeptics! I am so happy and grateful that money comes to me now in increasing quantities through multiple sources on a continous basis.

 

I am so happy that all that I desire and I have written comes to me without a struggle. I do hope this has been useful.

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Namaste

Rese Young – Author, Musician, Speaker, Motivator, Health Coach

 

Let Life Arrive

 Monday, July 11th

Let life arrive

 

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“Open yourself to all that is here and now. Open yourself to the sounds, the textures, the sights, the tastes, the aromas and the feelings as they arrive in your awareness.

Let life arrive, and let yourself marvel at the wonder and abundance of it all. Experience for yourself, free from all doubt, how anything is possible.

All that you desire is somewhere within all you already have. And now you have the fortuitous opportunity of working steadfastly to fully express it.

Open yourself to life’s best possibilities as they ride in on waves of now. What life continually brings you is always more than enough, when you choose to make loving use of it.”

 

–  The Daily Motivator by Ralph Marston

 

Steve Farrell

Humanity’s Team World Wide Coordinating Director

 

Celebrate Life’s Limitless Abundance

 

 

“Celebrate life’s limitless abundance by making a positive, meaningful difference in your world. Feast upon life’s delicious richness by allowing genuine, unrestrained joy and thankfulness to flow out from you.” 

The Daily Motivator by Ralph Marston

Stephen Farrell

Humanity’s Team

Worldwide Coordinating Director

 

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