Your Money or Your Life
Does it seem that there is more month at the end of your money, than money at the end of your month?
Or are you a committed saver?
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Personally, I am an in-betweener. I do both. I save and I spend. I love money, and I love what it represents.
I've been exploring money consciousness
and how we choose to relate to the money we have. And what we can feel like when we don't have it.
I have learned that I have a money thermostat
that rings inner alarm bells when I have come too close to the poverty line, and have thus overspent.
My money thermostat is silent and works on automatic pilot. I've noticed that there have been times in my life when I have saved my bottom off and built up a nest-egg, only to flit it away on frivolous items - as deep down I was not comfortable having that much money.
Strange. You would think that having lots of money and keeping it would be high up there, but for some unconscious reason I have had to get rid of it.
Now, I am aware of this behaviour pattern, I consciously consider my money choices and choose to keep funds in the bank rather than spending like some little devil.
In my exploration, I have been listening to Sounds True
podcast between Tami Simon and Vicki Robin who co-wrote the book
with the late Joe Dominguez. It is one of the very interesting philosophies and money management systems that incorporates a spiritual lifestyle that I have come across.
Vicki Robin said something that was a light bulb moment for me during this podcast. It was that, "money is how we spend our life energy."
I had never thought about it this way before, but what a revelation. There is an undercurrent message here about considering the way we approach making and spending our money has a direct impact the level of life/time we want to trade for the items that money can buy us.
This kind of money consciousness makes you stop when you're about to mindlessly consume and consider..."do I really want to spend my life energy on this?"
There have been countless times when I have spent money while out shopping, only to come home and wonder what I was thinking at the time I bought the item!
That's unconscious consumerism.
I'd like to become even more conscious of my consuming, and so I have taken on some of Vicki's tips to help create financial freedom.
Here's what I have learned so far, also, noting that I have not yet taken a online course
This is such a fascinating topic to me, as it makes me stop and think about what money means to me, and dig a little deeper to understand what my own money patterns are.
What is your money consciousness pattern?
What do you do, save or spend?
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