How do we talk about money, work and spiritual practice? What are our patterns of reactivity around money? When do we take the time to think about our associations with money?
Michael Stone digs into this thorny subject during a recent talk at Centre of Gravity in Toronto. The two-hour talk was livestreamed by the Global Mind Body team and then shared on YouTube (after being edited).
In his talk, Stone addresses the anxieties that many people feel about money and presents the Buddha’s views. Apparently the Buddha suggested that 25% of our income should be used for consumption, 25% saved for an emergency and 50% reinvested in one’s business or education. It’s a nice thought, but how realistic is it in 21st century life? How many of us are living beyond our means or struggling to make ends meet?
The Buddha doesn’t answer these tough questions. But this talk is a good starting place to examine our unconscious beliefs around money and learn the distinction between needs and cravings.
via Global Mind Body