Growing Your Emotional Wealth

Honor where you are–Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions show up in your life. Treat your feelings with the utmost respect; don’t evaluate their rightness or wrongness and don’t attempt to shut them off or sweep them under the rug. The experience of negative feeling states–sadness, anger, grief–is just as important as the experience of positive feeling states – joy, excitement, love.  Being fully present to our experience opens us up to receive all of life’s gifts.

Express yourself–Communicate your feelings; get them out of your body and into the tangible world. Call a friend, write a letter, draw a picture, or scream till your ears hurt. The more we listen to and acknowledge our feelings, the more we’ll believe in our right to be self-expressed. And remember, the higher our self-expression, the better we feel about ourselves and the more positive things we attract into our lives.

Set goals–Having desires is quite different from setting goals. Holding ourselves accountable, by creating real-life goals, feeds our confidence and self-worth. Tell yourself you can do anything you put your mind to and chances are you’ll achieve all you’ve ever hoped for.

Help others–Giving back to your community is a sure-fire way to cultivate abundance. Knowing that you’ve genuinely helped another and making personal connections grows our sense of belongingness, community and support. As Flora Edwards said, “In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.”

More times than not, when we hear the word “wealth” we think of those sought after greenbacks and ways to get more of them into our life. According to the dictionary, wealth is “the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money; the quality of profuse abundance.”  What is interesting is that the word “wealth” originally came from an old English word “weal”, which means “well-being” or “welfare” and this term was used to describe the possession of such qualities.  So, when did material possessions become synonymous with wealth?  Not sure.  What’s important rather, is to view money as energy that hooks our attention often at the expense of our emotional (and sometimes physical) well-being.  Below are a few tips to guide you in growing your emotional wealth, so that you can experience the quality of profuse abundance in all areas of your life.