The Yoga of Money

November 9, 2012 by  
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At first glance, yoga and money seem incompatible.

As a long-time yoga practitioner, I can honestly say I know more about taking action in ways that are truly aligned with what I want in my relationship with money by applying what I’ve learned practicing yoga. Sometimes the CPA license helps, but mostly – it’s the yoga.

In particular, the powerful practice of non-harming.

Non-harming is the first – I mean absolute FIRST – principle of yoga. No, not turning yourself into a pretzel in a room full of strangers, but non-harming. The gist of this, as you might imagine, is don’t hurt yourself or others.

Simple enough right? The majority of humans don’t set out with the intent to harm.

Here’s the trick, though.
Non-harming must begin with you. Let me repeat that. You must begin with you… extending that sweet non-harming to YOU FIRST.

To extend something to another without first considering yourself is an out-of-balance approach. It isn’t truly kind to those around you and is often an attempt to gain approval and recognition – or a backwards attempt to get your own needs met. In the end, with money, it only leads to emotional burnout or debt, which doesn’t serve anyone when it’s all said and done.

In evaluating the way you spend your money (especially around the holidays), it is critical to understand at a heart level that extending non-harming toward yourself is the kindest gift you can give to yourself – and also to the people in your life.

Everyone benefits from the practice of non-harming.

The way you treat yourself – and spend your money (or not) – is the best mirror of your sense of self-worth. But the exciting part of this practice is that not only does your self-worth and your bank balance increase, but you give others permission to examine their own sense of worth and whether the way they spend their money harms themselves or others.

What a gift that is!

However, I know some of you worry that you will harm others by saying no to other’s expectations of you around money, even if it’s in the form of traditional and expected over-spending on gifts for the holidays. I want to assure you, that usually, it does no harm to say no to others and yes to yourself. In fact, in most cases, just the opposite is true.

When you are feeling obligated to spend money in ways that aren’t aligned for you, look down the road a little further. Is this person relying on you to take care of them instead of caring for their own well-being? Are they mired in a painful story of obligation to traditions? Are they really wanting you to fulfill their wishes and dreams? Then the highest good that you can offer them (and yourself) is a loving no.

I’m not saying the other person will be thrilled; however, you are giving those around you an opportunity to learn how powerful and resilient they are. You are inviting them to make choices that are non-harming for them – showing them the way to spend money in alignment with what they truly desire. You are truly recognizing their worth – and your own – by saying no, gently.

Non-harming is saying YES to your highest good.

I would invite you to envision what holiday spending would look like if you were extending non-harming toward yourself and your checkbook. How much of the holiday spending you do is simply because of tradition or what you think is expected of you? If any element of the way you spend during the holiday elicits fear or resentment – you are harming yourself.

This month, define your own vision for holiday spending with non-harming in mind. This is the ultimate yoga of money, to practice saying yes to yourself and where you really want to direct the flow of your money during the holidays – and beyond.

image: Robert Bejil

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I am Nona Jordan. If you feel queasy about the business and financial part of your venture, it’s time to heal your relationship with money and create the legacy you truly desire.

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6 Responses to “The Yoga of Money”
  1. Bec says:

    Grat article, Nona, and very timely before the silly season gets underway. More than that though. The underlying message of non-harming is so important. We’re no good to others if we’re not in good shape ourselves.

  2. Kathleen says:

    ahhhhh… yes, such a powerFULL principle, Nona Jordan! Just absolutely LOVE your work, having direct experience in your Get Right With Money program. The non-harming principle was one of the most powerful to practice and brought me home to my core Self. It’s amazing how deep our conditioning creates habits of seeking approval through over-extension. And just like the asanas… OUCH does that hurt! Still working on this, Nona! I guess it’s why they call it a ‘practice’! Looking forward to the next round of the program with you! Yours is one of the most exceptional programs I have ever taken. And… I have a lifetime of study. You are my Financial Goddess!

  3. As women we grow up in a world that confuses being harmfully generous with being loving. Your words are a breath of fresh air Nona. The way you teach non-harming gets right to the heart of the problem.

    • Martine, I love the way you summarize this, “We grow up in a world that confuses being harmfully generous with being loving.” That is a powerful statement and resonates deeply in our world, for sure. I love that as women, we are redefining non-harming to truly create a kinder world and a gentler way to proceed with our money.

      Big love to you!!