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26 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 1 8 26 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 1 8 MINDFUL MONEY best practices Whenever I sit down to write Mindful Money, I am reminded of how important our beliefs are. They are important because we will never be able to sustainably achieve in the material world what our minds think is impossible. In order to grow, we must shine a light on the limiting beliefs we carry and notice where they came from. We need to ask ourselves if our beliefs are true, or if we are simply holding on to old beliefs we inherited and can let them go. We learn so much from our families, and yet, if you have not noticed, the human experience of life has changed dramatically since your grandmother was born. If we limit ourselves with the beliefs of our parents and grandparents, we are actually not living in the reality of our times. As important as examining and upgrading our beliefs is, there is also a component of action that is just as important. We can work to create a healthy belief system, but we will not experience a significant change in the external world unless we take meaningful action. There is a West African proverb that says, "When you pray, move your feet." This is a concise way to phrase what I am talking about. The prayer is in the mind and the heart, it is the inner work we do to align with the universe and project ourselves toward our goals. Moving the feet is the body taking action. With mind and body both reaching for the same thing, we are much more likely to get where we want to go. Connecting the mind and the body is parallel to connecting being and doing. Being abundant means knowing that I have value; that love, sustenance, and freedom are inherent to life; and that I am connected to an inexhaustible font of life force. Doing abundant means asking for what I need, showing up fully for what I agree to, and saying no to what depletes me. TAKING ACTION Let's say I want to make more money. I decide to ask my boss for a raise. To be abundant, I need to take a look at how I am doing my work. Am I fully showing up and doing a great job? Does my work merit a raise? If I can honestly say yes, then I need to fill myself up with that knowledge. To fill myself up with my value, I take out a sheet of paper and begin listing all the skills I employ, all the experience I have, and what I bring to my work that is unique. I feel into the future when I have my raise and notice how I am even more valuable in my work as the extra input of energy to me gives me more energy to give back. I visualize myself going into my boss's office and explaining exactly how much I contribute to their mission and confidently asking for greater compensation in order to serve that mission better. Turning Belief into Action By Jennie Hastings

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