Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's All About the Money; It's Not About the Money

Thinking about Money

Each of us experiences a tug-of-war between our money interests and the calling of our soul. When we’re in the domain of soul we act with integrity… When we enter the domain of money, there often seems to be a disconnect from the soulful person we have known ourselves to be. It is as if we are suddenly transported to a different playing field where all the rules have changed… We become smaller. We often grow selfish, greedy, petty, fearful or controlling, or sometimes confused, conflicted or guilty.

We see ourselves as winners or losers, powerful or helpless, and we let those
labels deeply define us in ways that are inaccurate, as if financial wealth and control indicate innate superiority, and lack of them suggests a lack of worth or basic human potential… (But) money itself isn’t the problem. Money itself isn’t bad or good. Money itself doesn’t have power or not have power. It is our interpretation of money, our interaction with it, where the real mischief is, and where we find the real opportunity for self-discovery and personal transformation.”

- From the brilliant book ‘The Soul of Money’ by Lynne Twist

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