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How To Be Mindful with Your Money

Jody Shield is fast becoming a name reverently whispered amongst London’s high fliers as the go-to healer to solve all their modern woes. She supports people to process the past, be present and create a life they love.

Jody works with musicians, artists, models, lawyers, brokers and entrepreneurs on subjects including anxiety, depression, relationships, money, eating disorders and addictions, mindfulness and more.

SL caught up with Jody to talk about that all-important topic – money we often don’t like to talk about.
We were interested to learn you were helping clients with money issues. It seems a little off topic for a healer...
Money is such an interesting topic. No-one likes to talk about it! We feel uncomfortable around it, we feel guilty spending it, we feel bad for not saving it, we feel shame when we have it. When we earn high salaries, we feel like we don’t deserve them. When we earn low salaries we’re scared to ask for more.

We all have different behaviour and belief systems when it comes to money. Much of this has been adopted from our parents, and the financial circumstances of the environment we grew up in. These factors have hugely contributed to and influenced the way we feel about money now. If we delve a little deeper, behind the scenes, we’ll find old emotions and old memories from the past. We need to get to these to release and transform.

If you think about it, money is simply a piece of paper. It’s a symbol of exchange for the amount of value - in energy  you put out into the world, yet it has become so much more to us – it is a very emotionally charged topic.
You sound like you are speaking from experience?
I spent most of my teenage and university years in debt even though my parents were comfortable financially. I didn’t understand the value of money so would spend it frivolously. I didn’t really value myself and had pretty low self-worth and self-esteem. I was always in debt – not just financially but emotionally and mentally too.

Over time I learnt to create a relationship with my money; to transform my feelings of shame and guilt and own up to how I was really feeling. I set aside time in my diary to log onto my internet banking account once a week and started to regain control over my situation and manage my money better.

And I invested time in self-healing and worked with an alternative therapist to release a lot of old emotions and pain I had buried deep inside. Ultimately, I learnt to respect money, to honour it and to tend to it like a garden!         

Some tips for dealing with money issues:

• Like Jody did, start being proactive and set aside some time each day to tackle your finances
• Track your spending with a spreadsheet and budget – each month should have a P&L of all in-comings and out-goings
• Pay off your credit card every month!
• If you have a significant other / spouse consider getting a joint account so you can’t hide unnecessary spending
• Set up an ISA – they are tax free!
• Sell your old stuff
• Finally, if you are really bad with money, work out how much cash you need for the week, take it out from the machine and monitor what you spend. It’s good to have cash visibly in your hands, and it is a simple way to keep an eye on your spending habits.

If you are interested in healing your relationship with money, book your space at Jody’s workshop: Activate Your Richest Life, on 14th November. 

This four-hour workshop will be full of deep healing, specifically focused on your issues and topics with money plus goody bags from Balance Me, Botanic Lab, Move your Frame class passes, guided meditations and more.

For more info and tickets, click here

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