After all, money is (also) important

Last week, I’ve written an article about Career and anxiety/depression and I told you that “money is not that important”.

I wasn’t lying.

However, I felt inspired to talk about an opposite approach, one that says that money is, after all, important as hell.

We live in a material, physical world, as Madonna greately said, and in a material body that has physical needs and to feed them, the arrangement society uses is money.

I am no specialist in money, actually this has been always an issue to me, but I have came to the realization that, if money comes only via hard work (it does), and if I don’t have enough money to sustain myself, someone else is going to have to work for me.

That realization lightened a red flag in my mind, and made me understand that I needed to sustain myself, no matter what, otherwise someone else – in my case, my parents – would have to work hard for me.

To help me to clarify this much important topic, I meditate about those principles:

1. Practice of Asteya.

Asteya

Picture: BROGA Yoga For Dudes

Asteya means “non-stealing” in sanskrit. It’s also the third Yama, the five ethical guidelines yoga teaches us to practice in order to live in harmony with other human beings. The other yamas are Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (truthfulness), Brahmacharya (use well your life force) and Aparigraha (non-coveting).

2. “Non-stealing goes beyond taking away from others”.

It means more than not taking other things from people. It also means not having enough and begging.

And now I need to make this point very clear. There are situations in our lives when we cannot work, be it because we don’t have the strenght, the health, the age, the tools, or whatever it takes to earn our money.

In this case, we do depend on others and there is nothing wrong about it. When we are kids and teenagers we depend on our parents, just to name an example. When I write this post I’m refering mostly to myself, and to the moment in my life I regreted not having a solid financial source, despite the fact that I totally can work.

In this case, in my opinion, it can be a way of stealing.

3. Generosity is healthy.

By not having the mininum to yourself, it’s hard to be generous and it’s easy to be selfish. In fact, when we’re lacking the basic in our lives we have no option but being selfish. We cannot “afford” thinking in anyone else. We’re in need and that is unhealthy. Let’s value wealth.

generosity

Image: Collected Treasures

4. I want my money to come from a sustainable source. 

That means a job I love. I came to the realization that I am my job, I am my career and this must reflect my personality, my passions, my gifts. It must be fun and pleasurable because in pleasure lies the roots of feeling grounded in this Earth. That’s why I’m investing A LOT in designing my own business, in which I’m the captain and I say what is going to be my work during my life. My energy is going to what I love and I know that it will ultimately come back to myself as self-realization, health, love, happiness, and money. A lot of money 🙂

By meditating about money, a topic so missunderstood between the “spiritual seekers”, I realized so much about myself. So it’s really a self-discovery exercise (very spiritual to me).

What about you? I’d love to know how you deal with money in your life. Does it make you suffer? Or there is a nice, beautiful relationship (between you and your finances)?

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I would like to send my prayers to all involved in the Boston tragedy today. I do believe that we human beings, we are pure love, pure bliss, but sometimes, caught in deep suffering, we can do terrible things. Let’s hope that the families and victims can find support and that the people who did this can find the awareness they’re lacking, and grow in a more evolved, luminous path.

Namaste.

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