Good morning, beautiful people. Don’t panic; that’s what experts tell us when the stock market takes a nose dive the way it has this week. It’s actually good advice all around. Panic isn’t exactly a friend to clear thinking.
Even when the stock market’s not in freefall, many of us have fearful feelings around money. We can’t be blamed after what happened with the financial meltdown of 2008, or maybe money issues are part of your family story. It can make you not want to even pay attention to finances, which is never a good thing.
In case of financial panic, I break out my Yoga tools. They’re like superhero powers that restore sanity and balance: Saucha, or orderliness, to get organized; Aparigraha, or non-hoarding, so I can see where my panicky feelings might lead me to do a little soothing spending, buying stuff I don’t really need. Pratipaksha Bhavana, the Yoga Thought-Swap Trick, helps me reframe something so it’s more palatable.
Example: I used to have Financial Fridays, where at the end of each week I’d pay my bills, check my bank balances, get a look at my financial situation. Sounds orderly, right? To me, it also sounded a little boring, and depending on whether I was in feast or famine mode, potentially scary.
So I used Pratipaksha Bhavana to reframe the idea. I changed the name from Financial Fridays to Prosperity Fridays. MUCH better PR. Instead of approaching it as a chore, I reframed it as a cool ritual. I began with a meditation on gratitude for all that I have in my life—love, good friends, the things money can’t buy. Then I’d make Prasad, a treat you have at the end of a Yoga holy ritual, like cookies, and enjoy them while doing the bill-paying thing. It’s hard to panic when cookies are involved. Now I actually look forward to the days I go over my finances.
Don’t panic, friends, and don’t ignore your finances. Money is a form of energy, and our attitudes toward it can be whatever we want them to be. Use your Yoga tools (you’ll find 30 of them in Yoga Mind) and cultivate good energy. We can find financial balance and harmony. And remember: You are already rich in all the things that matter most.
Have a good day, divine lights.
There are 30 Yoga tools that can help you become happier and less stressed. Find them in Yoga Mind: Journey Beyond the Physical.