Heart Thoughts: Money and Mindset

As I bask in the splendor of this lovely Monday, surrounded by all of you, my thoughts turn to our incredible community — to which you all contribute. I hope you’re taking advantage of the fantastic programs we’ve put together to nurture your spiritual journey. On the horizon is an exciting new course led by Paul Dugliss, a fresh face here but with a lengthy and notable background. Allow me to briefly introduce his course, “Awakening the Heart.” It’s been some time since we’ve had the chance to gather for a class in person, and I’m eagerly anticipating this opportunity. Here is Paul’s invitation:

This past Saturday, a dedicated team came together for a day of tidying and organizing. We managed to bring order to our space, starting with the shed, which, after years of collecting items, has been thoroughly organized. A big shout-out to Matt Purinton, Sue Vittner, and Todd Glacy for their efforts. Jim Staebler took on the yard work and managed the bonfire, disposing of the accumulated branches. Meanwhile, Betti Lu Lewis and I undertook a significant cleanup of the Kid’s Cottage, with Kim Cowperthwaite and Nancy Sawyer diligently working indoors. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.

As we continue with The Soul of Money, this week was focused on Chapter 3. Author Lynne Twist delves into the cultural mindset of scarcity that pervades our views on money. She argues that this scarcity mindset fosters a sense of fear and lack, which hinders our ability to live abundantly and address critical global issues like poverty and social inequality. Twist encourages a shift towards a perspective of sufficiency, recognizing the inherent value in each individual and resource. We are reminded to re-examine our relationship with money and to embrace a mindset of abundance which when we do can transform our lives and the world.

Here are some ways in which you can move from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset. The strategies you may find helpful to make this shift is:

Heal Your Past Relationship with Money:

  • Reflect on your upbringing and any negative messages you received about money.
  • Understand how your parents thought and acted regarding finances.
  • Work on releasing any limiting beliefs related to money.

Spend Consciously:

  • Give yourself permission to spend on priorities and things you genuinely enjoy.
  • Be mindful of your spending choices and align them with your values.

Overcome Your Fear of Debt:

  • Debt can be intimidating, but it’s essential to differentiate between good and bad debt.
  • Educate yourself about managing debt wisely and consider it as a tool rather than a burden.

Celebrate Small Wins:

  • Acknowledge any financial successes, no matter how small.• Celebrate progress, whether it’s saving a little extra or achieving a financial goal.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others:

  • Remember that everyone has their unique financial journey.

Here is the affirmation from Sunday:

I am on the path to Greatness. I embrace my unique purpose and act on my bliss, serving the greater good and attracting abundance.

Next week we will be addressing “Sufficiency: The Surprising Truth.”

Know that you are so very loved and appreciated.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey


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