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A Life of Abundance

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Money is like water. It flows through your life, and can carry your soul’s intention to nourish people and projects that mean the most to you. Why not use this tax season to visualize genuine prosperity?

This article appeared in our April 2004 issue. Tax time pushes all our emotional buttons. At least it does for me and everyone I know — middle-income, millionaire, or “dollar-aire” with little earnings. The questions make us squirm: How much did I earn? Where did I get it? What did I spend it on? The children? The mortgage? Education? Medical bills? Magazines? Business expenses? Charities? How much? The answers only upset us: I didn’t earn enough. Where did it all go? My investments are a disaster. These taxes are killing me. My bookkeeping is lousy. I’ll never get ahead! Same time, every year, this dreaded fiscal exercise requires that we face the facts about the money we earned, inherited, spent, saved, invested, or gave away in the past year. No matter how much we have or don’t have, the worry that we don’t or won’t have enough quickens our hearts. Even those with more than they need for five lifetimes fret at tax time. We all react to the ups and downs of the numbers, the outward flow of money that taxes demand, the black-and-white measure of our worth in dollars, and the sticker shock of …

Lynne Twist, global activist and fund raiser, speaker, mentor, and author of The Soul of Money: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life (W.W. Norton), has devoted her life to ending hunger and promoting global sustainability and security, human rights, economic integrity, and spiritual authenticity.


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