Wealth is a Mindset: Cultivate it and Feel Rich Now

Wealth is a mindset. It must be cultivated. Wealth actually has very little to do with how much money is in a bank account or how many assets a person owns. This is why the wealthiest can feel terrifyingly poor and why the poorest can feel abundantly rich.

For the last couple months I’ve been feeling concerned about finances. We have some large expenses coming up (one child going to college and another to a year long gap program) and my stress levels have been increasing steadily week after week. I could feel the shadows of anxiety lurking close behind. Anxiety is not my friend and I’ve danced with it enough to know that it serves no one but itself.

Yesterday morning I felt some clarity as I awoke. In order to create a shift, I needed to take action. I needed to become an active part of the solution rather than waiting for something to circumstantially change.

So I did what I know to work. I sat on my hotel bed (we are teaching our Toronto tiny house workshop) and began a meditation practice I learned earlier this year from Tony Robbins. In brief, it’s an active breath practice (hyper oxygenating the body for about one minute) followed by about 5 minutes of quieting the mind, finished by about 5 minutes of finding the things that I feel gratitude for and bringing them to my heart. That was it. A total investment of about 11 minutes at the most. And things transformed almost instantly.

Gratitude is the anti-venom for the fear of lack. For those of us that tend towards worrying that the things we love could get taken away, actively finding the things that we appreciate about our lives right now is the very best Rx that exists.

The effects were almost immediate. I relaxed deeply for the first time in a few weeks and suddenly felt rich. And most importantly, wealthy where it truly matters…in my heart and being. Because why does it matter if someone has a lot of money in their bank accounts but stays awake at night worrying that it’s all going to someday disappear? Most of us strive for financial security in order to feel a state of security and comfort. But then loose sight of the fact that if we don’t foster our own inner sense of wealth that it doesn’t matter how much money we make.

Our financial situation didn’t change from before I did this meditation to afterwards. The only thing that shifted was my perspective. I nurtured my own inner wealth, and at the end of the day, I would rather feel peaceful, grateful, and internally wealthy than anything else.

So what does this have to do with tiny houses? We have now spoken with literally thousands of people over the last 3+ years who want to go tiny. The #1 reason we’ve heard for the shift? Financial freedom. This was our motivation as well. And certainly it’s a fact that if you lower your housing expenses by moving into tiny that you won’t need to pay as much money for it. And that’s a great thing.

BUT…if we don’t find a way to feel wealthy where it matters (inside ourselves), it doesn’t matter how much money we end up saving and putting into the bank. Sooooo, we may as well start fostering feeling wealthy right now. Fortunately, learning how to foster wealth can be as simple as the meditation practice I described. I would be happy to describe it in further detail if you’re interested (let me know in the comments below).

Wealth is a mindset. It is independent of what your bank account says. Foster it to the best of your ability. You can start this very minute by simply closing your eyes and focusing on three things that you are grateful for, seeing them outside yourself, then with an outstretched arm and open hand, scooping it up and drawing it into your heart. Bring as many things your feel grateful for into your heart as you can possibly handle.

And here’s perhaps the best “side benefit” of all this… aren’t you able to make better decisions on how to spend your money and time when you are coming towards life with a calm state of being rather than mental paralysis caused by even low levels of anxiety? Few things can extinguish the fire of creativity and inspiration more than fear. Find your wealth and inner calm now and open yourself up to a life inspired by abundance! 

These were my 3 gratitudes from this morning’s meditation:

1. My beating heart which despite some medical challenges keeps going as strong as it can and giving me an opportunity to be alive.

2. The awareness that wealth is available to me at any time because it’s a state of being.

3. That I get to go home today after two awesome weeks on the road sharing what we know about living tiny.

What are you grateful for right now? If you feel like sharing, we would love to hear in the comments below (or you can email me privately if that feels more comfortable)…

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22 Responses to Wealth is a Mindset: Cultivate it and Feel Rich Now

  1. Janine June 20, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Hi Gabriella,

    What a timely article! I too deal with anxiety over finances and hearing of a quick way to get control of anxiety is wonderful. I would like to hear more on the practice that you use.

    I heard Andrew speak at the Tiny Home Jamboree in 2015. What an amazing time it was.

    Have a great day in Toronto (I live 1.5 hours NE in beautiful Peterborough, Ontario).

    Gratefully,

    Janine

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm #

      Hi Janine! Thanks for writing in! Will gladly share more about the meditation technique. Will update the article in a couple of days with more specifics. <3

  2. Billy June 20, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    Lovely article.
    My daily life is filled with gratitude, from the gifts of Mother Nature, to living in a wonderful country full of abundance. Just last week I was grateful to spend two busy days with a couple of dear friends, visiting for work from the U.S.
    Never have I worried about money, it seems it comes when needed.
    But living without the expectations of the latest gadgets every year, certainly makes it easier to accomplish. At this moment my gratitude is for the sound of the breeze in the pine trees out my window.
    Have a blessed day all.
    Billy

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

      BILLY!!!! Well, you are the guru!! Thanks for sharing. I did get to see you enjoying the simple things in life while staying at your place. Say hi to those mosquitos up there…I’m sure they’re still missing me! 🙂

  3. Rebecca June 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    I am grateful for my daughter, my health, and friends who despite the distance I can still call and find support.
    I would also like to learn more about your meditation practice.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

      Thank you Rebecca. Those are wonderful things to be grateful for!! I will post a video on the meditation very soon 🙂

  4. victor June 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    that you said about your heart if there is no clear result in a medical investigation that you have a malformation i assure you that is the stress ( Panic attacks) or age transformation of you body . all the best and thaks for inspiring us. all the best

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

      Thanks Victor!!

  5. Marr Martin June 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Thank you for your newsletter. It gives me hope that someday soon I will have a tiny. I too am interested in the abundance meditation.
    Right now I have the most loving kitties and small income that is slowly increasing and a place to live and supportive friends.
    Marr

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 7:36 pm #

      Hi Marr! Thanks for sharing…really appreciate it <3

  6. Kathy in the Wallowas June 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    Thank you for this article — what a delight.

    I’ve been hoping to connect with someone to make a deal to combine skills and build a pair of tiny houses – one for each (I’m thinking I would like mine to be a lightweight art studio with a cot, and the fixings for an indoor -outdoor kitchen.

    Today I will take a step toward creating that.

    And… the meditation is sure timely!

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

      That’s so great Kathy!! Keep me posted on how your vision unfolds! <3

  7. Vicki Cook June 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    This was just what I needed. I feel like I am at a crossroads in my life, not sure what my direction is, I just feel at a deadend….no light at the end of the tunnel.

    I try to meditate each morning, but I can’t seem to quiet my mind from worry and anxiety. I won’t give up I know worry doesn’t solve anything and I have so many blessings to be thankfull for.

    Thankyou !

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Vicki! I so feel you! When I’m stressed to that level, there’s no amount of just sitting quiet meditation that helps…which is why the one I’ve started back up again works SO well for me. The hyper oxygenation portion in the beginning literally alters my awareness and expels the anxiety and worry. I’ll create a video to share and show you! More soon 🙂

  8. Daniel C June 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm #

    Hey Gabriella. Thanks for the timely article. Lina and I have both been pretty stressed as well about finances and I love your perspective. Meditation is something I’ve started to forget about, even though I know it always brings me back to such a great state of being. Funny how when we’re stressed we tend to forget about the simplest things that always work best to bring us back. Thanks for reminding me about how powerful mindfulness and gratitude can be. Love to hear more about the meditation. Hope you enjoy you time back home, thanks again to you and Andrew for such a great workshop this weekend. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you guys are our role models!!

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

      SO loved meeting you guys this weekend in Toronto!! Wouldn’t have been the same without you guys there. Will create a video on how to do the meditation. It’s hard to explain! Am willing to look like a total fool (you’ll see what I mean once I post it) in hopes it can help even just one person. Hugs to Lina!

  9. Kari June 21, 2017 at 3:55 am #

    Love this reminder of how meditation and a gratefulness practice can bring you back into balance. I too have a child heading to college and the financial stress and worry is definitely there since she will also need a Masters degree. I look forward to your meditation video demo because I sometimes cannot settle myself into meditation if I am particularly anxious. Thank you for a great article and reminder of how wealth is a state of mind. I know that mind shift will bring the creative force for financial increase as needed.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 21, 2017 at 8:18 am #

      Kari…<3

  10. Alison June 21, 2017 at 5:29 am #

    Great post! Like others, it was a timely read for me. Love how you connected it with the tiny house movement. The pattern of experiencing stress around money is an internal one: relieving the external conditions will certainly help, but cannot actually bring the ease that the shift in mindset will bring.

    • Gabriella
      Gabriella June 21, 2017 at 8:17 am #

      Alison…bingo!! At least in my experience that is what I know to be true! So may as well start feeling wealthy right now, since that’s the only moment that counts!

  11. Carol A Howe June 21, 2017 at 1:38 pm #

    Thank you! I’d love an overview of Robbins’ meditation.

  12. Vera Struck July 12, 2017 at 3:10 am #

    Meeting Tony Robbins 3 decades ago changed my life. You know, from my book, he was an inspiration to me. I am so happy that you and Andrew had a chance to attend one of his events.

    The breathing meditation, amongst other morning rituals you create, are great ways to prime your day.

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