The New 'Good Life': Redefining Our Relationship With Money

From the Huffington Post :: By John Robbins

I have a dear friend with whom I’ve become very close in recent years. He and I talk about almost everything. We confide in each other to such an extent that we even know details of each other’s sexual history and experiences. But I’ve noticed something. Even with all that we have shared, even with all the comfort we’ve created together, he isn’t able to talk freely and openly about money.

Recently, when I asked him why, he said it’s because talking about money makes him feel uncomfortable and vulnerable. In this, I don’t think my friend is at all unique. Money issues seem uniquely capable of triggering our attachments, hopes and aversions, and of bringing up feelings we are uncomfortable with, such as fear, envy and shame. When it comes to money, otherwise kind and sensible people sometimes become fearful and crazy.

Here’s what I hope to convey in The New Good Life: Living Better Than Ever in an Age of Less, my latest book, which was just published.

However much money you have or don’t have, your relationship to the money in your life can be transformational. It can be a doorway into greater consciousness, into greater integrity and into greater freedom.

And one more thing. I do not say this glibly. I say this in all humility and in all seriousness. It’s obvious that there are limitations and restrictions that come with having financial challenges. What is not so obvious, and what is crucial to realize, is that there are also opportunities, openings and possibilities. Read More…


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