If you’ve tried to work with budgets in the past, but have not felt inspired or successful with the process, cultivating certain qualities can give you the boost you need to create (and stick to) financial plans like a champ. The more willingness you have to fully embody these qualities in your budgeting process, the more heroic you will feel in accomplishing your financial goals and intentions.
Savings provide an experience of safety, security and peace of mind, as well as a sense that you are setting up your future life according to what’s important to you. When you know you are allocating your resources in a way that takes into account the present moment AND the long term future, you can experience the confidence and wisdom that comes from taking care of your future self.
Journaling can be a powerful tool to bring more awareness to your finances. This level of awareness and clarity is the first step to creating more success.
The following questions are meant to further reveal your current relationship to your livelihood + finances, and help you get clear about where you want to go.
Nothing in life is separate from source. Including money. Even though money is often experienced as shameful, taboo or materialistic in our culture, I believe that engaging with your finances can be a potent spiritual practice where you courageously face your current reality, overcome fear, and experience the power of your sacred attention.
The most effective model I have ever seen to take a vision and make it a reality is a Map of Intention. In this model, you set your intentions, plan your income, and clearly allocate spending and saving. When you have this degree of clarity with your finances, your map becomes the bridge that brings your more ethereal visions into the earthly plane in a practical, fun way.
A Map of Intention takes your vision and embeds it into the numbers. This dramatically increases your rate of success. I’ve seen it work again and again.
As success builds, there is often more and more to manage, and the to-do list can seem never ending. I’ve watched clients struggle with feeling overwhelmed to the point where they wish they did not have so much opportunity coming in! Even though they set intentions for growth, when it arrives, it can feel like too much— to the point that they may wish for it to stop. This is a common cause of success sabotage.
A solid spiritual practice requires you to face your shadow, move through obstacles, witness your habits, and take responsibility for your self.
It also invites you to grow your experience of what is possible, joyfully participate with what the universe is offering you, and find a way to trust that all is unfolding perfectly. Cultivating a mindful money practice has certainly delivered these, (and more) experiences to my life, and the process has been as rigorous, rich, and rewarding as spending years with any guruin India.