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SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2018

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28 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k s e p t e m b e r / o c t o b e r 2 0 1 8 MINDFUL MONEY best practices Money Can Come from Anywhere By Jennie Hastings As we become more mindful of money and our beliefs about it, let's take a moment to consider whether we have any limiting beliefs about where money comes from. If you are a massage therapist or bodyworker, you most likely make the bulk of your income from payment received for the services you perform. This is logical and to be expected. But what if we looked beyond our habituated expectations and opened up to new realms of possibility? Take a moment to consider all the places you receive money from. Make a list. You don't have to show it to anyone. Slowly read through your list and notice whether the way you feel changes depending on which source of income you are considering. You may notice that you allow some streams of support into your life more easily than others. Why is that? Take the time to familiarize yourself with how the financial support you receive makes you feel. When I made my list, I noticed that some of the ways I receive money feel easy and straightforward (like money for massage services and other professional work I do), and some other ways I receive money feel more emotional and entangling (gifts from family and work I do for people I love and wonder if I should give it for free). I do not have sources of income where I must admit to myself that I am doing something hurtful to others to get it, but, if I did, I would stop doing that as soon as possible. This works against the laws of the universe and abundance. OPEN TO POSSIBILITY Now I invite you to make a list of all the places you can imagine getting money from, even if you have never gotten money that way before. Be creative. On my list, I put sales from a future book I write, speaking and consulting fees, selling an online program, salary from a future dream job, inheritance, winning the lottery or a game show, and finding something very valuable. I want us to conjure up the nerve to imagine support coming to us from places we have never thought of before. And once we have done that, let's build up the belief that we are supported by the universe so completely that we are magnets for whatever it is we need and allow ourselves to receive, humbly and gratefully, in whatever way it comes. One of my best friends is a massage therapist. About seven years ago, she was having a big moment in her life as the house she had always loved and dreamed of living in came on the market. It was a special house to her and the owner wanted her to have it. The only challenge was money. She had a sweet, little house to sell but the difference she needed to cover the down payment for the new house was $20,000. How was she going to come up with $20,000 in time to put in an offer? She did it by staying open to money coming to her in any way it wanted to. She tested different avenues and kept her focus on her vision of living in the house.

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