February 16, 2013

Money Meditation

When economic times are bad, remember that everything that arises in the world of form is impermanent. The impermanence of our economic well-being—which, for many of us, is synonymous with "survival"—can, of course, create a sense of panic. But such fears are rarely based on a present-moment experience of lack. The mind's tendency is to extrapolate today's minor disturbance into something much larger and more threatening tomorrow.

Experienced yoga practitioners are not necessarily immune; many a yogi and wise sage lose their cool when it comes to the possibility of financial loss. But if we know where to look, yoga gives us many tools that we can call on in times of distress.

While you're in the midst of worry, anxiety, or any negative emotional states, try this twist on a traditional lovingkindness (metta) meditation: "May I feel this fear for all the others who are worried and anxious right now, so that they don't have to." This takes you out of your self-concern and reminds you of your interconnectedness with all beings, which will create a profound sense of relief.


IN THIS ISSUE

Financial Freak

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2737

Wallet Worries

http://www.yogajournal.com/lifestyle/2738


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