I’m a member of a group who decided to do an informal “book club” with Lynne Twist’s book The Soul of Money. I am really happy to have read this book.
Our perspectives and relationship with money fascinates me. For years I’ve wanted to see money as a flow of energy. And sometimes I’m really good at working with it that way, allowing it to come and go, recognizing that money, like everything else in the universe, simply needs to flow. And sometimes I’m terrible at it, becoming fearful, thinking it is a scarce resource, worrying about the lack of money in my bank account, and constricting and stressing. A reality for many humans I suspect.
I greatly appreciated the discussion of money as a concept. Where it came from, what it was designed for, and the power it has taken on in the modern world.
It was very interesting to read Lynne’s take on the false perception around money and the toxic myths of scarcity. I totally bought into some of these myths, and it’s great to re-examine these in more detail. She then discusses the three truths around sufficiency, which offers another opportunity to contemplate your beliefs around money from yet another perspective.
This book is filled with great stories and examples of sufficiency, using money for empowerment (instead of power over), the three truths and how money can be used a vehicle to express one’s soulful purpose. In the book she says “What became clear was that when people were able to align their money with their deepest, most soulful interests and commitments, their relationship with money became a place where profound and lasting transformation could occur.”
This is actually why I read the book. As a yoga teacher and yoga space owner, talk around money come up all the time. Over the years I’ve come to realize that all of life can be your spiritual practice. What I hadn’t really figured out was if money could be a spiritual practice too. And after reading the book, I believe it can.
Now I will earn and spend money with more awareness and alignment with what I value. I thought I was already doing that, yet now I am aware that, like in all yoga practices, there are more levels of practice available to me here.
I’d love to hear what you think of the book. Feel free to share your comments with me below!