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The Yoga of Money: Aparigrapha

In Yoga Philosophy, the concept of Aparigraha, translates as ‘non-greed’, ‘non-possessiveness’, and ‘non-attachment’. When applied to our finances, this principle teaches us to take only what we need, keep only what serves us in the moment, and to let go when the time is right. To me, Aparigrapha in application can be explained through conscious consumerism.

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Watch the self talk

Are you where you think you ought to be financially?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably made a few financial mistakes in your past. Perhaps you’re still making them? The thing is, we all make mistakes, it’s part of the learning process and experience is a great teacher... as long as we can learn from our mistakes and own up to them, we can then build from them and move forward.

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Adopting a Beginner's Mindset with Money

All our financial habits begin to form in our younger years. How we spend, save, budget and invest is largely attributable to what we saw our parents, friends and those of influence around us do.  Sometimes, the lessons that we learn about money are based on the bad habits of others or on misguided advice. If we incorporate these bad financial habits into our lives, we are bound to struggle financially. It is only when we decide to clear our minds and to take a fresh approach to our finances, can we begin to break the bad habits that we have formed over the years and begin the journey towards financial health and freedom. 

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Playing the Edge Financially

Achieving any worthwhile goal whether financially, physically or spiritually may require a pushing of the limits
You may need to sacrifice and call on your drive and determination. Often you'll need to step out of your comfort zone to a place where it may not be comfortable. In yoga we often call it "playing to your edge" and it's a necessary place to be to maximize your growth and achieve your goals.

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Applying the Yogic Principle of Ahimsa to Your Finances

Are you where you think you ought to be financially? When you were dreaming about how your life would be at this stage in your life, did it look anything like the reality that you are now facing?

The truth is that there will be disappointments and there will be setbacks in life. We may not achieve everything we set out to accomplish in the timeframe that we set. And that’s ok. The important thing is that we don’t punish ourselves for any financial mistakes that we may have made in the past.

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