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Investing In the Human Economy

Written by on January 19, 2021 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Unfortunately, hard financial times often makes us feel like we need to circle the wagons, draw in our resources, and look out for our own interests. The scarcity of financial means sometimes leads to scarcity of good will toward each other. But even with tough times financially, there are perhaps more resources than you can imagine all around you. 

A Richer Resource

But despite the fact that many of us are suffering a bit financially because of COVID-19, the loss of jobs, plans put on pause, etc, there is another form of abundance we can all cash in and rely upon. This abundant resource is each other. Us. You and me. Even with social distancing, instead of shielding ourselves from others, we can enrich ourselves and others during this tricky financial time by investing our sincere humanity, our love, compassion, trust, and laughter. We can invest in the coffers of the well-being and happiness of each other. We are each other's bail-out plan and support in the essential economics of human capital. We are a resource without a deficit and yes, one that is even more vital than dollars. We are each other's interest and one that will receive an immediate return on investment each time we share a little of love and care from our endless account of humanity. This is yoga's (read union) true meaning, the one-ness of all.

The Opportunity of Tough Times

Tough financial times actually affords us an opportunity, the opportunity to draw together and build friendships and communities because sometimes that is all that is left. Community is what's essential. Community will get us through. Ask your grandparents who may have lived through the Great Depression. We can help each other out in myriad ways, even with the pandemic prevalent and vaccines still scarce.


Here are a few ways we might still be able to help each other out despite financially tough times. 

  • Be on the lookout for job opportunities you are aware of and let your neighbors  and community know through message boards and social media.
  • Go through your unused stuff and both simplify your life by getting rid of anything you’re not using and offer it to those in your community who might need it. Take a look at the incredible work being done by my friend Courtney Carver and her book, Soulful Simplicity for excellent ways to be so much more by owning so much less.
  • Do an online yoga or meditation practice. Your energy and spirit feeds each other.
  • Be creative! Invent new ways to connect with family, friends, and neighbors. 
  • Use your talents! Do you knit, play music, or write? Find a way to share this in a safe way with your community. The world needs more of what only YOU can offer.
  • Be generous. There's a law of reciprocity in the Universe. Like attracts like. Scarcity mentality creates scarcity. Abundant mentality creates abundance. Try tipping more. Look for ways to support your local artists. Make a monthly donation to those causes that really need your support. Then watch to see the ways that abundance starts to flood back to you.

Tough times move us toward fun creative solutions that we'd otherwise never have discovered. One of the creative solutions I've created is a free Tranquilly Tool Kit I'm made available on my website with free resources like stress free meditations, yoga, and breathing practices, as well as links to great music. It's not surprising that even though I'm giving away more free offerings than ever, I am receiving more than enough for my needs. 

Life Force Energy

Prana is a Sanskrit term meaning life force energy. Prana is what makes every particle of the Universe vibrate and move. We can manipulate our prana by learning yogic breathing called pranayama. With practice, we see that everything around us is also a product of prana, including our relationships, work, and finances. Doing a simple breathing exercise like slow, deep belly breaths will help you to learn to calm your energy, especially during difficult times. It will also give you a commerce with the life force energy that is both within and outside of you. As you learn to master prana, you'll discover ways to direct the prana that is all about you to find yourself enriching your life in every way imaginable.

Click here for more resources on stress-free meditation, including pranayama techniques to help with stress


 

Even though we may be in tough times financially, practice abundance, resourcefulness, and creativity and see how you become flooded with resources, especially the resource of the human heart.

 

Scott Moore is a senior teacher of yoga and mindfulness in the US. He’s taught classes, trainings and workshops in New York, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, and L.A. as well as in Europe and Asia. Scott is the author of Practical Yoga Nidra: The 10-Step Method to Reduce Stress, Improve Sleep, and Restore Your Spirit. When he's not teaching or conducting retreats, he loves to write for print and online publications such as Yogi Times, Conscious Life News, Elephant Journal, Mantra Magazine, Medium, and his own blog at scottmooreyoga.com. Scott also loves to run, play the saxophone, and travel with his wife and son. Check out his yoga retreats and trainings in places like Tuscany, France, and Hong Kong , his online Yoga Nidra Course and his Yoga Teacher Mentor Program. Scott is currently living in Salt Lake City after living in Southern France with his family.

 

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