Yoga, Financial Abundance, and Spiritual Joy

Camillia Lee Waterfall YogaAs a yoga student or teacher, I bet you’ve heard a lot about detachment. You’ve probably heard a lot about finding happiness within and rising above the ever peaking and skyrocketing highs and lows of happiness derived from material things. True enough. Well said. Fair play.

But is the emphasis on detachment and living a spiritually abundant life at the expense of financial abundance really the point?

What about God? The G-word? Aka Om, cosmic energy, the universe, or the source. Isn’t the whole point of yoga to have an intimate understanding of this concept? They don’t call Patanjali’s Sutras ‘How to Know God’ for nothin’.

When we start to get straight to the point of yoga and other spiritual practices, the ‘Stop buying stuff you like’ emphasis falls apart. Because nothin’ is more abundant than Om.

Samadhi. Ananda. Bliss. They all refer to a state of being that basically translates to the greatest, deepest, abundant love we’ll ever experience. And entering into that state is no small thing. It’s life changing. It’s the biggest experience we’ll ever have.

And yup, it comes from within. We carry Om in our soul. Like Rumi says, “You are not just the drop in the ocean. You are the mighty ocean in the drop.”  We carry the ocean in our physical self, within our spirit.

Our deepest, greatest happiness comes from that place. It’s uplifting, it’s anchoring, and it’s affirming. It’s a light within that will guide the way when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. And no material thing will do that for us.

But yoga is no longer practiced exclusively by men who want to spend most of their time in caves. It’s evolved. And it’s evolved for a reason. I don’t know for sure, but I believe it’s because it was simply time. It was time for yoga to make a bigger difference, and enter into today’s cultures in a way that makes sense.

We’re not living in caves. We’re living in apartments, condos, and homes in the suburbs. We’re not living on our own. We’re part of communities, families and colleagues. We make money. We contribute. We seek out enjoyment.

And why not? What if your drop the mighty ocean exists in is meant to live out abundance in the material world. After all, this is where we live, where we are incarnated.

It only makes a tiny glimmer of sense to say ‘no’ to abundance in the material world as a way to begin to experience the happiness and ever-lasting abundance of the soul within. But once you’ve got that? Don’t opt for struggle. Don’t opt for sacrifice. Choose love.

When you operate from that place, abundance will naturally follow. Don’t feel guilty or shameful. It’s not a reflection of your lack of spirit—it’s a reflection of your spirit.

Much love,
L

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Editor’s note: This is another amazing, soul-inspiring guest post from Lindsey Lewis, life coach and yoga teacher. Stay up to date with her latest at www.libreliving.comFacebook, and Twitter.

Photo credit: Camillia Lee (check out her other great photos on Facebook)

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Comments

  1. In the Pitta phase of life (25-65 or so) it is our responsibility to care for our families – if we are not renunciants – the guys living in caves. Yoga should give us the strength and vitality to meet our obligations in the world – our obligations to our kids and to our parents. Nice post.

  2. What an amazing photo. Credits to the photographer. I have been doing yoga most mornings for 2 months most mornings. Although a newbie, I find benefits already in that I am more flexible and feel less stressed. This means I am much more able to handle life’s daily problems

    J

  3. I find this post fascinating as my initial instinct is to dislike it. Then I re-read it, and I think the dislike is just confusion. It doesn’t make sense to me, and I really want to know more about what you are thinking… please write a part 2 with more clarity! cheersd

  4. I love the article as well as the picture. Very engaging. This is some deep stuff you’re going into and I was hoping you would go into it further because I love the spiritual side of yoga. Anyways, wonderful post and hope to hear more.

  5. You make a very strong point, but I think it is a premature lesson for most people. The world is such a basely physical place, that anything that holds back materialism even a little should be embraced. You’re right that the ultimate goal is true abundance, but most of us have tons of cutting back to do before we look there.

  6. This is a really beautiful post and I found it extremely inspiring and something I can take forward into my practise and everyday life. I think too much emphasis is put on living a simple life and although this can be great for some people it could lead to a lot of isolation in our current society.

  7. Really great post. I just started yoga about a month and a half ago, and it is opening all kinds of doors for me physically and spiritually. And excellent picture by the way.

  8. Thanks for your post! I’ve always loved that Rumi quote. Being the ocean is MUCH more inspiring than being the drop:-). Beautiful photo!

  9. Thought provoking post. I’ve always wondered if spiritual abundance and financial abundance are necessarily mutually exclusive. Short post but much for me to digest on. Thank you

  10. Jumping off a cliff with a waterfall in the background. Nothing explains detachment better than that because living in the moment is where it’s at.Thanks for sharing. Love the post as well as the pic.

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