Money is so totally involved in our every day life and decisions, even on the weekends, and that is a time when many go to the grocery store, farm market, and out to eat! Several years ago I learned of Geneen Roth and two of her books: WOMEN, FOOD, AND GOD and LOST & FOUND. Yes, she is a woman, but she also talks to men about food, money, spirituality. And they are all connected. The way we eat is the way we spend in our total lives. The way we eat affects our binging and hoarding in life. There is a strong correlation between our cash and our consciousness and mindfulness. That is why I believe grocery shopping happens on the weekend: it is a type of entertainment and escape! It is a time when we toss around the concept that we don’t have “enough”; it is a time when we “stock up” like a winter storm that will last for weeks is coming. Or, the food we need or do not need is “on sale”. Food gives us energy literally and figuratively! It also can lead to regret when we see the total cost and bring it all home to put it away! Why did we buy all that we did? Are we undernourished? In a way, yes, we are. Eating and spending money, in general, can be a way to try to fill an emotional hole that we many times cannot identify. If we took the time and found the “hole”, we would have the choice to fill it or not and stop the eating and spending habits that could be making us “poor” in other ways. We might become content, we might spend less, and we might eat just the right amount that we need for true physical and mental energy. When we overspend and overeat, we are at war with ourselves, or others as well. How to stop is a forever question…resolve to stop, or resolutions to stop eating as much or spending as much, is quite common at this early part of a year but it usually fades away as the calendar pages turn. It is very true that looking at simplifying our lives can help…both with money and eating. It is also true that finding a way to simplify is aided by four simple actions, which can be done together of separately, to find success on a path to reduce overspending and overeating:
- Meditation is so ingrained in my life, but that is because it brings quiet and stillness into my life. It brings peace.
- Paying attention to your feelings. What is missing? What had made us feel that we need to spend or to eat more than we really want to in the long term? When our feelings are positive, we tend to eat and spend less because we are ok.
- Breathing when tension or stress begin to show their signs. Deep breathing for several minutes helps you slow down and listen to…
- Intuition. You and I both know what we need to do and what is right to do. Intuition is always with us. Learning to tune in is the key.
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