meditation Archives - Meg Sylvester

Heal Your Money Mindset

Do you recognize that you have fear-based thinking when it comes to money? Read along for journal prompts and an exercise to help you heal your money wounds and dissolve the fear-based thinking blocking you from abundance.

If you feel as though you are blocking abundance from your life, you may want to do a deep dive into your relationship with money. In the world of spirituality, money can be a tricky topic. It is one that holds a lot of emotion behind it. Habits like overspending, agonizing over purchases, hoarding money, or feeling bad after spending are clues that you may have a money wound. The holidays and the new year are a time that can cause all of our emotional ties to money to surface and intensify. But this doesn’t have to mean defeat, for those who are committed to self-growth, this can be a wonderfully cathartic time to release deep-rooted stories.

In order to truly overcome limiting patterns and beliefs systems, like a fear-based money mindset, you must first honor the uncomfortable emotions that come with it.

As I like to say, you’ve got to feel it to heal it. What better time to work through your old money story, than when you’re really experiencing the full weight of it? This holiday season, I encourage you to observe your fear and discomfort when it comes to money with a gentle curiosity and with the intention of healing.

Here is a great two-part exercise to work through your money story.

Part 1:

Open up your journal or notebook to a fresh piece of paper and answer the following prompts:

1.  How do I feel when I spend money?

2.  How do I feel when I receive money?

3.  Do I feel responsible enough to manage my money?

4.  Do I feel in control when it comes to money? Why or why not?

5.  When do I feel most triggered when it comes to money?

6.  What patterns do I continuously find myself getting into with money?

7.  How does this pattern make me feel?8.  Where in my body am I experiencing these feelings?

Really take your time with answering these questions. Go all out. Try to dig deep and go beyond your surface answers. We’re looking for much more than Yes or No answers! Money can be a tough topic for lots of people, and your ego may try and fight you on this. You may get the urge to distract yourself with social media, eating, or some other activity to avoid answering these questions. Make the commitment to yourself to work through these to the best of your ability.

Part two:

Once you’ve answered the last question, “where in my body am I experiencing these feelings” pop in some headphones and turn on my favorite Kundalini Mantra for Healing – Ra Ma Da Sa. (Learn more about this sacred healing Mantra here).

As you are absorbing the healing energy of the mantra, make space to really experience the emotions that are coming up. Acknowledge the feelings in your body and set the intention to move them out. Studies have shown us that in order to release an emotion, we must sit with it for at least 90 seconds. This mantra will give you plenty of time to process and move through the discomfort.  

As a bonus step if you are called,  free-write about your experience while listening to the mantra. The more processing you can do, the better.

Please acknowledge that this will most likely not be a quick fix. In order to release patterns that we’ve internalized for years, we’ve got to commit to doing the work to releasing them. Meditation and journaling are part of the process of course, but equally as important are recognizing your triggers while they happen and putting in the effort to shift your perception during the moment.

I want to hear from you about your results with this. Shoot me an email at meg@megsylvester.com

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Stop Restless Thoughts with this Practice

Do you get carried away with restless thoughts? Distracted by rabbit holes – chasing a thought down, down, down until you are so caught up in it you can’t get out? Or maybe you’re easily susceptible to impulse buys (yeah…I’m still a work in progress on this one). The thing is, we do not have to be slaves to our restless thoughts. By shifting from the slave to the observer you can start selecting the thoughts  you want to roll with and filtering out those that simply do not serve you. You start creating a world the feels right to you – rather than a world that’s spinning all around you, or a world that you are just skimming through.

I have a beautiful practice to help you attune to the observer role and break free from the impulsive, repetitive or restless thoughts. You can use it at any moment…during a meditation, out shopping, while eating, during or after a conversation…

The Practice:

If you are able to close your eyes, do so. If not, no biggie…just try to “feel” the visual.

Begin to take long, purposeful breaths. Inhale through the nose and exhale deeply through the mouth (if you’re in front of someone, exhaling through the nose is perfectly ok)

Begin by asking yourself “Does this really matter?”

Let that sink in for a few moments. …Does this REALLY matter??

While inhaling, envision a ball of energy forming and growing smaller and more concentrated the deeper your inhale gets.

On the exhale, imagine that ball turning into an animal that can fly (I like to use a butterfly, but a bird could work perfectly). As you exhale through your mouth visualize the animal gently flying away.

Keep repeating the process.

If you need an extra layer of support…if your thoughts are really going and the mind is extra chatty. Incorporate the word “Here” as you inhale. and “Now” as you exhale.

Now, I know when you read this, it seems like a lot to do. But go ahead and give it a try. It’s a beautiful, relaxing strategy that puts your thoughts into perspective. If you give yourself enough time to go through the breathing, by the time you open your eyes…you should know if “it really matters”.

Gently become the observer of your thoughts. Witness them rolling through like waves on an ocean. Decide which ones to jump over and which one you want to ride. YOU decide. The thoughts don’t.

 

Sat Nam