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GUEST ARTICLE: Your Relationship With Money is Affecting Your Health

Cathy Cassata for Healthline.com and posted on July 18, 2017 Chances are, stress and anxiety about money are a part of your daily life. From rent and mortgage payments to health expenses and childcare costs, the list is endless. You’re definitely not alone in this plight. According to the American Psychological Association, about 80 percent of millennial Americans (and 75 percent of Americans, total) have some kind of stress or anxiety related to money. That’s despite the fact that, above a certain paygrade, there’s no evidence that money can make you any happier. A major survey done by PrincRead More

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VIDEO: See My Performance of ‘Oranges and Blues, I and II’

generation Iranian, I saw my single mother overcome great financial and cultural obstacles to provide her family with the American Dream. Following in her footsteps, I retired early from a successful 25-year career in real estate, before embarking on a second career as a Spirit Rock Meditation Center Dharma Leader and the author of The Money Anxiety Cure, A Path to Financial Wellbeing. I am also passionate about my role at the Marin County Jail, where as a spirituality teacher, I offer various tools to incarcerated men and women to support their inner and outer freedom. By teaching mindfulnesRead More

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Managing Tax Season Stress Finale: Step 3 ‘Feel Into It’

eathing shallow, your heart racing, your shoulders up around your ears? Yes, my friend, that is Tax Season Stress! It’s a beautiful weekend, and if you are doing your taxes right now, you may be feeling additional stress from friends or family who want your attention. And of course, you want to play – but you also need to devote just a little more time to your taxes. The first thing to do, of course, is explain to your loved ones you will join them soon, since you’ve done most of the work already. Send them away for a few hours with a plan for the late afternoon. Once at yourRead More

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Tax Season Anxiety Cure #2: Get It Together!

17;re anything like me, all year long you’ve been collecting a drawer full of receipts like a squirrel collects his nuts. Truthfully, I’m proud of my drawer and every time I open it, I congratulate myself for having it so together! Or maybe you’re one of those who prefers to keep electronic files or even paper credit card statements with highlighted deductibles. Good for you! However we do it, it’s both smart and empowering to have a handy record of our deductible expenses throughout the year collected in one spot, so come tax season we simply have to ‘get it togeRead More

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Managing Tax Season Stress Step 1 (of 3) “It’s All In Your Head”

ow that the American Psychological Association claims 80% of adults suffer from ‘money anxiety?’ Of course, tax time is the most money anxiety-producing time of the year, so I’ve put together three steps to help you change the way you approach your taxes. And I’ve even got some GOOD news about it! With little exception, the anxiety we feel is all in our heads. Literally! As April 15th looms ever closer, the momentum builds in our brains to create a ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response. This is created by the part of the brain called the amygdala. This neurologRead More

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Expanding our hearts and bridging our worlds…musings on my recent trip home to Iran

3 when, at nine years old, I closed the door to my Iranian life when my mother moved my two sisters and me to America seeking a better life for our young family. However, with my daughter off to college, I recently made the decision to go back to my birth country after 45 years away. I wanted to reconnect with my ancient roots, and to discover with my own eyes the culture, art, people and landscape of the country, as well as to witness whether or not the distortions and negative portrayal of Iran by Western media and our politicians were true. After a lifetime outside my culture, of course, I Read More

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Reflection, Insight and Mindfulness Practice for the Holidays

anxiety lies at the heart of so many of the disruptions that occur in our lives, our society, and our world. It can be triggered by events like fluctuations in the marketplace, loss of a job, having to ask for a raise, enduring a divorce, or struggling to stay on budget. It can also be triggered by a holiday where you place financial burdens on yourself. We want to provide our family, friends and colleagues with sentiments of our love and appreciation. Like the economy itself, our anxiety about money fluctuates. But we don’t have to be at the mercy of it. We can learn to cope with unpredictablRead More

8 Ways to Curb Impulse Buying

u shop at Costco or at Tiffanys, the strategies for putting a halt to mindless purchases are the same. 1. Browse your favorite store — without buying. Notice what thoughts and emotions bubble up as you scan the shelves. Do you have that “wanting, craving, grasping” feeling? Then notice how you feel after you exit the store empty-handed. Saying no is an empowering feeling. You think, ‘Oh my gosh, I caught myself,’ and you remember that feeling next time you go shopping. 2. Scrutinize the stuff in your house. Take a hard look inside your drawers, cabinets, and closets. Are they crowded with itemRead More

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Are You An Impulse Buyer?

07, with the recession looming, President George W. Bush offered what may rank as the worst piece of advice any U.S. president has offered his fellow Americans: “Go shopping more.” There are plenty of behaviors we should engage in more often — smiling, eating mindfully, stretching our hamstrings — but clicking “Buy now” is surely not among them. And yet most of us behave as if the former president was on to something. We shop recreationally, habitually, impulsively, and, in many cases, uncontrollably. In fact, 6 to 7 percent of Americans qualify as “compulsive buyers,” according to a 20-year rRead More

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5 Reasons Why Mindful Travel Can Increase Success & Prosperity

ccess and prosperity, both within ourselves and in the life around us, we must be open to take risks, do new things, and face our fears. It is easy to continue with the same old routine every day and stay in our comfort zone, but it takes willpower and character to make a positive change. One way to start living a more prosperous, successful life is getting a new perspective by traveling, be it short distances or around the world. Here are a few reasons why: Mindful travelers choose to live in the moment: If you think of the happiest memories of your life, you’ll most likely find that you wereRead More

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Koorosh Ostowari

Author Koorosh Ostowari has successfully bridged the gap between spiritual and material worlds. He has operated a profitable real estate business in San Francisco for the past 25 years and is trained as a Spirit Rock Meditation Center Dharma Leader, is a certified somatic therapist, and offers spiritual and communications classes to men and women in the Northern California prison system.
His new book, The Money Anxiety Cure: A Path To Financial Wellbeing, offers tools to help those struggling with financial anxiety achieve a new, personally meaningful vision of prosperity.

Koorosh is dedicated to the practice of cultivating mindfulness, alleviating anxiety, and helping his clients and students maintain balance and achieve financial wellbeing.
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