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11 December 19
Many of us are getting a lot out of mindfulness these days. Living “mindfully” is all about living in the moment – this present moment where we find ourselves right now.
Mindfulness can be a way to lessen the burden of what’s happened in the past, as well as ease any anxieties about what the future may bring. It’s valuing what’s right now, right here.
What has any of this got to do with money? A lot, actually.
It can be helpful to be mindful with money, especially as we head into the holidays. The “urge to splurge” can be strong! Yet there are heaps of ways to stay social and not suffer from FOMO or worry about keeping up with everyone else.
There will be so many decisions to make – and some choices will be good for living Sorted, some less so. Which ones are which?
What matters most in each moment is to have the best experience, often with those we’re closest to – really connecting. How can we make the most of every single moment?
Part of being in the now is being ready to fund it – having fun money for that last-minute road trip, those spontaneous drinks at the pub, or when flights are suddenly on sale.
Spending with savings – and skipping the stress of debt down the line – is one of the best ways to be mindful with money.
Our money gives us options, and often there’s the possibility to not spend it, but instead set it aside and grow it. When and how much is up to you and what fits your plan.
The fascinating thing about the whole mindfulness thing is discovering and building awareness that we are not our thoughts. They are more like a stream flowing by us.
By practising mindfulness, we can watch them go by, along with the emotions or worries that come with them. We can pick some out as they flow by, identifying with some, letting go of many others.
When it’s all on with friends, family and fun, it can be challenging to weigh up money choices on the fly. Like thoughts, there seem to be so many choices flowing by.
At times money will fuel the fun – like heading out to that music festival you’ve been waiting for all year. But it doesn’t always have to – like a pick-up game of touch at the park. So much is up to us.
Just as we are not our thoughts, we are not what we spend, either. Some options can just float on by. And we can skip the splurge if we want to.
In this very moment, you are on a money path, potentially heading upwards towards wellbeing. Your financial life is growing. The more you are able to set aside and invest for your future, the more things are looking up. That’s part of what it means to live Sorted.
Now if this is not you just yet, don’t stress – perhaps you feel like your path is getting nowhere, or even spiralling downwards. Try not to use up energy with worry. There is always something you can do – a choice that you can make right now in this moment – that can set you on a different path.
And that’s what Sorted is here for. For most of us it begins with working out a bit of a plan for our money, and making sure that each of our spending choices fits that plan and will help us along the path toward the future we want.
It’s a bit of mindfulness that comes in handy anytime, and especially at this time of year.