5-Minute Try It: Spending Pause

Note: this Try It is inspired by one of my MoneyMoves® cards: Ready to Spend. Practice this before you go out holiday shopping (or shopping anytime) and put it to use when you are in the moment of spending.

Minute one: With item in hand, in basket or in shopping cart, pause and feel your entire body supported by gravity and your feet. Gather energy in your belly so that you feel grounded and confident.

Minute two: Look at the item(s) you are about to purchase for yourself or for another and ask: is this satisfying a need, for me or the other? Pay attention to your body sensations, thoughts and feelings. What arises?

Minute three: Again, look at the items to purchase, centering your body in gravity and ask: is this satisfying a want for me or the other? Pay attention to your body sensations, thoughts and feelings. What arises?

Minute four: Again, look at the items to purchase, centering your body in gravity and ask: is this satisfying a rush just for me? Pay attention to your body sensations, thoughts and feelings. What arises?

Minute five: Say to yourself: I can have anything I need or want. Imagine purchasing this item(s). What happens next? Bring your awareness to your body wisdom. What is this wisdom telling you?

Complete your practice by purchasing the items that cultivate authentic joy, generosity and meaning. Let go of the items that caused constriction, adrenaline rushes, or “have to” thoughts.

 

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