soul of money, by lynne twist



We now have the opportunity to live the most meaningful lives any generation of humankind has ever lived.

The halls of power have managed thus far to keep the climate change crisis at bay, the species extinction crisis at arms’ length, and the social justice crisis as an afterthought. Now we can see that the financial crisis is dramatically different. It is lodged in the hearts and minds of citizens, and is in the face of leaders in all sectors of society.

The opportunity in this global economic crisis is that it’s forcing us to rethink our relationship to money and life, and to confront not only the financial crisis, but also all other crises which stem from the same root – Scarcity.

How can you use this financial crisis/opportunity as an impetus to live the most meaningful life of any generation?

  • Each of us can begin by saying “no” to the toxic lies of scarcity and choosing instead to live in the radical, surprising truth of sufficiency.
  • Each of us can decide to treat this economic recession as the “recess from excess” that is long overdue.

Here are 3 things you can do right now:

1) Pay attention to and foster what you love, not what you fear.

  • Fear is not the opposite of love; it’s the absence of it. So, when you move into fear, the most important antidote is to act in ways consistent with what you love.
  • Be in gratitude for that which you love, take care of the people you love, and deepen the taproot of your commitment to community.
  • Money is like water – it can be a conduit for commitment, a currency of love. Reallocate your financial resources to support what you love.
  • Take money away from that which is destructive, and reallocate it to that which is productive and sustainable. You can do that with every spending decision you make.

2) Do the things that you always thought you “should” do but haven’t yet–carpooling, composting, having a potluck instead of a catered dinner, to name a few.

  • Become active in local, national, and/or global movements– bring your talents to the table, to the event, to your neighbor.

3) Be a global citizen with your money, rather than a consumer.

  • Ask yourself if you really need something before buying it. For every new purchase, consider what you can give away, recycle, or “re-gift”.
  • Pay attention to where goods are made, who made them, and with what materials. Avoid products that came from child labor, that are damaging to the Earth, or are over-packaged.

In summary, as we ground ourselves in the mindset of sufficiency and take a recess from the fear and anger produced by a life of excess, we create a new future of sufficiency for ourselves and all beings everywhere.



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