Money To Live

September 4, 2008

Defining Moments: An Enlightened Moment

Filed under: defining moments — by moneytolive @ 5:00 am
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Defining Moments is a series about how we remember money and how it has shaped our lives.

This is a story from my yoga teacher, AM, about when she was first living on her own with her daughter.

One day when her daughter was young, AM did not have money to buy milk. There was absolutely nothing in her wallet. But there was food in the pantry, and her daughter had already drunk some milk earlier in the day. She repeated to herself, “I have food, I have shelter, and I am warm.” When she needed it, AM was able to buy more milk for her daughter.

I love this story because (1) it has a happy ending (AM and her daughter are doing very well and have plenty of milk) and (2) it is a positive response to a scary situation. Rather than worry about what is going wrong, AM focuses on what she already has, which is everything she needs in the moment.

For further reading, I recommend Lesson 75 “All Your Needs Will Be Met” by Gurudeva.

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