I’ve recently experienced a deep and meaningful re-connection with the Mamma Mia! soundtrack. Though my knowledge of realistic self-appraisal keeps me humble about my singing abilities, this doesn’t stop me from belting a full range of notes as I close my eyes and self-identify as Donna Sheridan. I especially channel her sass and exhaustion when I’m singing, “Money, money, money/must be funny/in a rich man’s world.”
Y’all, many of us are B-R-O-K-E. The idea of a maintaining a sizeable savings account is foreign to me. Even with a master’s degree and professional experience, my salary is low, so after living expenses are covered, I have just about enough for a few weekend and summer excursions. Many recently-graduated college students can resonate with the process of becoming completely financially independent when entering working world, and it ain’t pretty.
When I recently revisited my journal, I noticed that the majority of my entries involved stress over money (particularly the thereof). I’m not all that surprised by this discovery because most of my conscious anxiety throughout the day is about spending, and I live a pretty simple life. Sometimes the guilt of ordering coffee when I just can’t get through the work day weighs heavily on me. God forbid I buy a drink to begin the weekend! (Although those TJ $2.99 bottles of wine work just fine, too).
I love the expression Worrying is a form of prayer. Most angel cards remind us that worrying is not productive, and there is no need to do so, as we are simply manifesting our financial insecurity. The energy of anxiety does not attract abundance. Rather, the energy of gratitude attracts abundance. Even in my moments of greatest economic hardship, I’ve tried my best to grateful for the many things I can afford and live comfortably from, which are many things. Gratitude shows appreciation. Any angel card about abundance says to trust that all finances will be taken care of in time.
As such, I’ve been shocked by the ways abundance has appeared unexpectedly in my life: finding $20 bills in my pockets just when I needed it, a tax return significantly larger than anticipated, a surprise raise at work, a bonus gift card from buying coffee, etc. These moments exist when we let them; we have to believe they are possible. We also have to remember that finances are for survival, yet they are not the key to life. Yes, money is required to live with basic needs, but wanting money for money’s sake is not the point of abundance.
What is your relationship with money? Perhaps this abundance meditation might be helpful for you:
I dwell in the midst of infinite abundance.
The Abundance of the universe is my infinite source.
The river of life never stops flowing.
It flows through me into lavish expression.
Good comes to me through unexpected avenues
and the universe works in a myriad of ways to bless me.
I now open my mind to receive my good.
Nothing is too good to be true.
Nothing is too wonderful to have happened.
With the energy of the universe as my Source,
Nothing amazes me.
I am not burdened by thoughts of past or future.
One is gone.
The other is yet to come.
By the power of my belief,
coupled with my purposeful fearless actions
and my deep rapport with my higher self,
my future is created
and my abundance made manifest.
I ask and accept that I am lifted in this and every moment
into Higher Truth.
My mind is quiet.
From this day forward I give freely and fearlessly into life
and Life gives back to me with magnificent increase.
Blessings come in expected and unexpected ways.
The abundant universe provides for me in wondrous ways.
I AM indeed grateful. And I let it be so.