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Yoga for Your Budget
February 1, 2017
Our traditional understanding of a “budget” is flawed. It lacks the flexibility life demands and tends to knock people down when things don’t go as planned. We need a new approach. We need to connect our cash flow with the flow of our lives.
To do this, we must first get away from the numbers and shift our focus to value. Numbers are simply representations of value. If we want to truly look at money in our lives, we must get to the underlying forces at play. As my yoga teacher says, “Let’s get out of our heads” and get into what it feels like to create and to use money.
What do you feel when you tune into the sensations of creating and using your money? When there is alignment between your valuable Self and the value you create for the world, you become both more of yourself and more powerfully connected with the world beyond. When the money you create is in balance with your efforts, what you produce, and your life, there is ease in the sweet spot. When your money use is effective, balanced across the breadth of your life, and aligned to bring value back in that honors your true self, money can be a powerful way of meeting your needs while satisfying and expanding your life. Within this new paradigm, connecting with your money is a process of self-actualization.
When there are misalignments and imbalances anywhere along this flow, it deflates your power and creates inauthentic and potentially harmful efforts to compensate in other areas. You might feel undervalued at work, for example, and finds yourself spending more indulgently to recoup a sense of internal value. Invariably, these actions will have further repercussions and cause further misalignment.
In yoga we use our breath to connect with ourselves and with the present moment. We feel balance and alignment within, while engaging our flexibility to move with the flow of our breath in the moment. The process teaches us to bring our selves in balance and alignment, while empowering our connection with ourselves and the world.
When you tune into the rhythm of your money, you'll notice that cashflow is like the flow of breath in and out of your body. Opening to your senses, you can feel if there is balance in the value of your money creation, and in the value that comes back to you when using it. Noticing the quality of the connection from yourself to your money and back again, you can feel your financial alignment. This practice between yourself and the world is where you will discover self-actualization and empowerment.
Let’s recreate our definition of “budget”, and think about our money as a flow. Breath. Balance. Alignment. Empowerment. Yoga for your Budget.