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5-Minute Try It: Embracing Space

Minute one: Sit comfortably in a chair. Locate your buttocks on the cushion and your feet on the floor. Lengthen your spine and bring your breath gently down to your belly center. Close your eyes if you desire.

Minute two: Pay attention to your breath in your belly. As you exhale each breath, draw your belly firmly into your spine squeezing out all air. Repeat with each breath, paying attention to the core of your belly on the inhale and the exhale. Continue Reading →

Receiving Money … As A Genuine Gift Or A Tax Transfer

At a recent financial planning conference, I attended a session on the current rules of our estate tax system. Our current estate tax rules, the most simple ever, are “in place” for two years, at the end of which I strongly suspect our lawmakers will make more changes. My interest in this presentation was less about the great tax compromise and more about meaning behind gifting, one of the traditional estate planning strategies to decrease a taxable estate. Continue Reading →

Money Influence

You know and are reminded that your beliefs and behavior around money have been strongly influenced by others, particularly from your childhood. You see that this money influence can either support you in your evolution or undermine you by aligning with ego. Even if you have reflected and reviewed this fact before, there is value in repeating the exercise again, particularly when the past few years in our economic environment have tested our fortitude and shaken our confidence.

In periods of money stress, the ego likes to control, constrict and protect. Most often, the results from ego intervention are unfavorable and self-serving – coming from the less supportive money influence. You may be asking, “Gayle, what do you mean?” Continue Reading →

5-Minute Try It: Just Relax

Minute one: Check in with and locate your body. Close your eyes. Notice your thoughts, notice your feelings, notice your sensations. Be curious. There is NOTHING to DO.

Minute two: See your thoughts. Don’t try to DO anything with your thoughts, just see them. Continue Reading →