Day 300/366 days Towards Self-Mastery.
I'm not there yet!
"Financial serenity starts when we accept as our truth that money is a state of mind and that abundance is a state of belief", wisdom from Sarah.
"When we choose abundance we become rich in the Real. We attain true wealth. Of course money is part of our personal wealth, but so is love, inner peace, harmony, joy, perfect health, authentic expressions, discovering your bliss, pursuing your passions, fulfilling your divine destiny." More from Sarah and who could say it better.
My inclination is to unpack all that a little bit. I love these self-help books. They are often built on inspiration, and I too find them inspiring.
AND then I want to say that there's a whole lot more to finding love, inner peace, joy, health, authentic expression etc than being inspired.
There's no two ways about it, it's hard work. You cannot be inspired to heal a broken and traumatised heart and mind.
In reality, I think that this sort of inspiration is a bandaid that feels good for a while, but the wound hasn't been cleaned and festers underneath.
With inspiring narrative comes too many cliches that derail our best inner work.
It's not glamourous.
It's not enlightening to spend the day in snotty tears as you realise yet again that you let yourself down by resorting to should-haves or could-haves in conversations with others who simply want to share their experience with you.
It's not warm nor inviting of connection when you hear the voice of old memories surfacing when you least expect them, and entering the conversation to undermine you and/or others.
I've spent a lifetime working towards inner serenity, let alone financial serenity.
I'm coming to understand the value of my home and comforts and beauty that surround me.
I'm mastering authentic expression with caution as I carefully step forward into each conversation.
I'm following my passions, mastering my bliss, and enjoying renewed health with each new insight and each new discovery that I am able to repair as I explore my inner being and build my relationship with myself.
And I've been able to do this with the awareness of the anxiety of money always in the background, teasing and enticing me away from my inner journey.
How's that going for you?
Don't despair. The reality of our time is that money is an essential aspect of survival and whilst we are burdened with the woes of an emotionally and/or physically traumatic past, we're in survival mode.
366 days Towards Self-Mastery
When I considered my New Year's intentions for 2020 I had just one: To allow my heart to love what it loved...and let it lead me. (If not now, then when?)
I've spent months working on integrating my life. To live life more fully with my home life, my interests, my work, my responsibilities, all coming together, all connected. I want to give each the attention that they desire and need, and still have time and energy for the others. That means living and working from the heart.
As I was clearing out my bookshelf over the Christmas break I discovered Simple Abundance. I set it aside to explore it on New Year's Day as I lazed through another delicious day of nothingness. Sarah, the author, says this book is about living in grace. Living in grace I realised, is about Self-Mastery.
My thirst for understanding the human condition has driven me all my life, and hand-in-hand with self-mastery it has been a life-long goal. And seeing as I love to write, that living in grace is about self-mastery, and I love a bit of a challenge, then if I am truly going to let my heart lead, I really don't have any other choice. So scary as it feels, I'm starting out on a daily mission of leaning into the suggestions of this daybook and making a daily post to keep me accountable. If not now, then when?
I'm Josie. You can find out a little more about me here.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy: by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
This book is written for the Australian and NZ market because it refers to seasonal changes. It's available on Amazon here if you'd like to follow along.