The Warm Milk Journal

A nurturing place for people who can't sleep

Is Financial Stress Causing You To Lose Sleep?


One area that keeps many of us up at night is finances. For many, these are difficult economic times we are in. In recent years I have experienced financial hardship. I got a divorce last year that really has been quite devastating to my financial life and good credit. Here are some things that I am learning to do:

  1. Look at our finances realistically. It is hard to fix something until we know exactly what we are dealing with. This means get an accurate snapshot of income, all expenses, liabilities, etc.
  2. Create a budget
  3. Deal with unpleasant matters (in my case it is dealing with my bank and my ex). The more we avoid and put it off the worse it will become over time and contribute greatly to anxiety and sleeplessness.
  4. Practice the principles of prosperity. There are many good books on the subject and I will go into these ideas in greater detail in future posts. Being thankful for what we have and tithing are two good starting points.
  5. Know that we are not our credit scores or finances. These are just numbers on someone’s computer.
  6. We are bigger than our “problems”
  7. Be in the now and breathe
  8. Know that this too shall pass
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April 23, 2010 Posted by | finances, Prosperity | , , , , | Leave a comment

A Meditation and Affirmation For Peace


Let us join in a meditation for peace:

Peace, be still……..

Peace…….

Peace…..

I am at peace…….

I am one with the Peace of God….

Peace fills my being….

Silence

Peace be unto you.

Silence

(taken from the joy of meditation by Jack and Cornelia Addington)

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Meditations, Spirituality | , , | Leave a comment

Two Evening Prayers from Marianne Williamson’s Illuminata


I have been a fan of Marianne Williamson for many years. Here are a couple of evening prayers for us from her wonderful book, Illuminata A Return To Prayer:

Dear God.

Thank you for this day.

Thank you for my safety and the safety of my loved ones.

As I enter sleep, may these hours give me peace.

May they bring healing to my mind and body.

While I sleep, dear Lord, please bless the world.

Where there is pain, where there are people who

have no place to sleep, who suffer and who

die, may Your angels come unto them and

minister to their lives.

Dear Lord,

Please let the light stream in.

Please use my hours of sleep,

Please prepare me, during these hours of rest,

for greater service to You.

May the light that surrounds me, tomorrow

shine through me.

Soften my heart.

Thank you, Lord.

Amen.

Dear God,

I surrender to you the day now over.

May only the love remain.

Take all else into the fire of your transformative

power.

Release me, release others, from any effects of

my wrongmindedness or wrongdoing.

Dear God,

Return me to your light.

As I now give to You who I am, what I did, who

I loved, who I failed to love, please make all

things right.

Take all things.

May I continue to grow in Your light and love.

Tomorrow, may I be better.

Amen.

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Prayers | , , , | Leave a comment