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Money and Your Health

Exploring your attitudes toward money can be the first step in making personal and global transformations.
Money and Your Health
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Enough, not more
Understanding our feelings and beliefs around money, then, is a step toward achieving wellness. Aligning our earning and spending habits with our values is also critical. But real change won't take place unless we tackle the issue of insatiability. "Consumerism is the addiction of our time," says Price. "We buy a lot of things that we don't need or want but believe we should have, rather than looking at what we really want and moving toward that." Again, we may be trying to find emotional and spiritual contentment—things that money simply cannot buy.

At the root of our spending obsessions, suggests Twist, is a belief that there isn't enough to go around. She calls scarcity "a big lie," and urges people "to discover that you have enough, to let go of trying to get more of what you don't really need, and to refocus the energy that's been devoted to acquiring more toward what you already have." In her eyes, "wealth is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have."

The constant desire for more isn't just personally damaging. "It's a cultural upset that comes from another lie, the lie that money is more important than life, the natural world, and God or Spirit," she adds. "We'll pollute the water we drink for money. We'll cut down the rainforest for money. We won't talk to a sibling or friend for years over money. Our behavior demonstrates the distorted meaning we've given money. We live in a culture that drives us to put money over everything else. Our society legitimizes actions inconsistent with who we are."

Yet we can change our beliefs and, consequently, our behavior. "The media have really hit people over the head, telling them they're never going to have enough for retirement or college education," says Price. "Certainly, people need to save more because we're living longer. But constant attention on the future keeps people from living more of their life today." For the holistic advisor, the goal is more than a big bank account. "The key," concludes Price, "is to help people find ways of living a more fulfilled life, rather than just a more financially secure life."