Are you anxious about money? I know I work on this all the time, a legacy of my multigenerational family history as well as the high chronic anxiety in our society about money at this time. I have been noticing lately that cultivating gratitude almost automatically lowers my anxiety. Anxiety can be defined as a response to a real or imagined threat — and when it comes to money, for most of us we are responding to an imagined threat. Our actual life is not in danger: we have plenty for survival in the moment. Usually we are imagining a future threat — juggling some bills this month or this year, adjusting to a lower standard of living, not having enough resources for retirement. I’m finding that gratitude brings me out of the imagined future into the present moment: I’m grateful that today I have more than enough to eat. I’m grateful for the 1927 Craftsman bungalow that is the roof over my head. I’m grateful today for my husband of 30 years. I’m grateful that today it’s raining in Portland, not snowing.
What are you anxious about? And what are you grateful for?