The Dalai Lama recently said: "Love, compassion, forgiveness, and contentment are at the core of every major religion." Love and compassion are inborn, natural qualities of being human. We all know this by nature, not by law, or religious doctrine.
The Yoga of Money
“The Dalai Lama recently said: “Love, compassion, forgiveness, and contentment are at the core of every major religion.” Love and compassion are inborn, natural qualities of being human. We all know this by nature, not by law, or religious doctrine. And as anyone who has given of himself or herself knows, it is not only the recipient of generosity who benefits.”
Abacus B-Corp Founder
Its Not About the Money
Kessel, Brent. It's Not About the Money. Harper Collins, 2008. p. 212
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The Yoga of Money
Many new parents express awe at the realization that they alone are responsible for the care and feeding of their infant, and this awe leads to a sense of unity, compassion and inspiration to do the very best they can for this innocent being. Regardless of whether you’re a parent or not, the feeling of being able to give, to make a difference in someone else’s life is a precious experience.
Compassion is a state of being, while generosity is an action…. When we feel we have enough, we naturally and effortlessly want to give of what we have, regardless of the size of our bank account. The phrase I use for this is the yoga of money. The word yoga means”to yoke, to bring together,” or simply “unity,” so the yoga of money is the act of using money to affirm and enhance our sense of unity, with money itself, with one another, and ultimately with something greater than all physical forms.
Additional Brent Kessel Quotes
“”This practice of the Middle Way requires a commitment to surrender to what is most wise and divine within, a sort of inner elder. In addition, it requires that you accept and remain aware of that part that is very young. If you’re a Christian, then you might call this process surrendering to God’s will or finding answers through prayer. If you’re an atheist, you will need to surrender to what you might call your highest intelligence. If you’re a Buddhist, you might surrender to your Buddha nature. However you begin, if you start to examine and to release your old beliefs and strategies, you will feel more and more free to craft the financial life you want.”
–Brent Kessel [It’s Not About the Money, Harper Collins, 2008] p. 165
Commentary From Thich Nhat Hanh
“The Buddha taught about the dangers of the wanting mind in all of us, and here Brent Kessel applies that wisdom to the modern challenge of people and their emotional relationship with money. All aspects of our lives are interconnected, so ignoring this important relationship usually leads to self-deception and suffering. Applying Eastern wisdom to a very Western concern, Kessel shows how being mindful of our relationship to money can free one of anxiety and even turn money into a tool for compassion.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk and bestselling author nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Freedom isn’t a matter of the future. It’s a matter of the present moment.”
–Thich Nhat Hanh