An Attitude of Gratitude
We live in a society that equates financial worth with personal worth. Many of us learned at a young age to view money as a source of security, success and happiness. Growing up, I developed a lack-based mentality around money that followed me into adulthood. In my house, tensions often ran high as a result of fearing that there would never be enough to go around.
Owning my own business has been an exercise in trust, to say the least. There were many moments of extreme fear and worry, especially when I had zero clients and no prospects on the horizon. I was also afraid to invest in my business by attending networking events or spending money on things like advertising because I was clinging so tightly to every dollar.
I thought that thinking ahead (e.g., worrying) about money was keeping me safe. However, because I was afraid to take risks, there was no room to grow. I was essentially getting in my own way due to my deeply rooted fears surrounding money.
Bottom line: my money blocks were preventing me from living a life filled with abundance and financial freedom.
Over the last few months, I have been doing a lot of deeper spiritual work surrounding my finances. One of the exercises that I have been practicing involves cultivating a grateful financial perspective. By consciously choosing to focus on all that I have, rather than what I perceive to be lacking, I am now experiencing more peace and contentment than I ever imagined was possible!
I say ‘thank you’ for the loose change in my car and for my closet full of clothes. I feel abundant and grateful when I fill our shopping cart with healthy food. I marvel at the lovely belongings we have in our home, and appreciate the fact that I am able to do so many things that make me happy, such as meet a friend for a cup of coffee or take a yoga class at my favorite local studio.
By practicing gratitude, I have learned to honor what I do have and appreciate the little things that I used to take for granted. As a result, I am enjoying more abundance as my energy around money shifts. As Gabrielle Bernstein writes in her book May Cause Miracles, “When you honor and appreciate what you see, you become a magnet for it.”