I am currently working my way through Dr. David Krueger’s “New Money Story” coaching program. It deals with the stories we believe and continue to tell ourselves about money, most of which are dysfunctional. Sometimes that story goes something like this, “There are so many starving people in the world. Who am I to have lots of money?” This can be a challenging story to change, as our society promotes the accumulation of and showing off of wealth, while our spiritual strivings may lead us down the path of asceticism. We may feel like financial oddballs if this is one of our money stories.
This is one of the reasons I wrote my book, “Living Inspired and Financially Empowered: Aligning Our Spiritual and Material Lives;” because I have this money story myself.
Consider this quote from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi “We can only give from what we have. If we have more we can give more.”
For me, I was able to make peace with abundance and not feel selfish or greedy about having abundance by tithing from every piece of business that comes in. That means 10% of each fee I receive for financial planning and coaching is given to some non-profit (I allow the client to select where 5% goes, I choose where the other 5% goes).
My tithing commitment allows me to receive and to share, and it helps me feel peaceful.
If you have some money guilt, I encourage you to consider tithing; to your church and/or to organizations you wish to support.