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In the LearnVest Personal Stories series, everyday people share the details of their money lives, discussing the individual choices they’ve made and how it’s impacted their financial journey.
Today, one woman shares how meditation helped her finally take charge of her finances and, ultimately, find stability to support her growing family.
Many people turn inward only after they’ve hit bottom and have lost everything. Not me.
Eleven years ago, before I began meditating, I had so many good things in my life. I’d graduated with a master’s degree from an Ivy League college, had a great job as a licensed clinical social worker and was celebrating one year of marriage to a wonderful man with whom I could travel the world.
But at that point in my life, I couldn’t say I was truly happy. I felt like my life lacked meaning. Something was “off”—I felt empty inside, but I didn’t know why.
Meditation wasn’t immediately appealing to me even though others recommended it. My former boss, who had been meditating for 20 years, insisted I try it. He was the total opposite of what you might expect from a devotee—he was a stockbroker, had three kids and was always on the go. But I was skeptical and always found myself too busy to give it a chance. (MORE)