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Managing Tax Season Stress

y calm, clear, focused and organized According to the American Psychological Association, 80% of Americans suffer from ‘money anxiety.’ It’s linked to depression, decreased immunity, and is a leading cause of divorce. Tax time, in particular, finds us engaging in poor lifestyle choices – we eat and drink to excess, and are less apt to care for our health than at other times of the year. As it looms ever closer, for many of us the momentum builds into a ‘fight, flight or freeze’ response as we dig into drawers, looking for each and every receipt we can find. In the book ‘The Money Anxiety Cure:Read More

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Narrowing the Money Gap, III: To The 99%

third and final post on ‘Narrowing the Gap’ and it specifically addresses the 99% of Americans. Some of you are not familiar with my story, so I’d like to offer it here. As a first 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, then bridged the gap in myself between spiritual and material worlds by becoming trained as a Spirit Rock Meditation Center Dharma Leader and certified somatic therapist. I spend time eveRead More

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Narrowing the Money Gap Part II: To The 1%

article, I discussed how many of the 99% have not had the same opportunities as the 1%, nor the good fortune to have mentors, or maybe had obligations that did not allow for the advanced education and training required for higher paying jobs. I also admitted that I’ve seen some friends simply give up, frustrated they don’t have the right skills for the new economy, and don’t want the lower paying (more in demand) service jobs that would pull them back into the workforce. There is no point in pointing fingers. We are all vulnerable to anxiety around money and around change. The question is wheRead More

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GOAL: Narrowing the Growing Gap

ews is there is more wealth in the world than ever before. According to a recent survey by Oxfam, the bad news is the wealthiest 1% will soon own more than the rest of the world’s population. Agreeing that the scale of global inequality was “simply staggering,” executive director Ms. Winnie Byanyima, said in an interview with the BBC Business Online she would use the charity’s high-profile role to demand urgent action to narrow the gap between rich and poor. Despite the recent economic growth here in the U.S, the median family income in 2014 was a full 6 percent lower tRead More

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What I Learned In Cuba ~

back from two amazing weeks in Cuba, and it felt like I entered a country frozen in 1959. Everything is still as it was at the time of the revolution; large, rusty Pontiacs and Buicks, Cadillacs and Studebakers, crumbling yet elegant plaster buildings, and appliances with all metal parts (imagine!). Yet while the objects have been frozen in time, the people make up for it; their bodies moving to a soundtrack of Latin and African music, seeming to come from every open window. It is the rich fuel for the soul of the people and country. Young and old fill the streets, the markets, and the discosRead More

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Goals & Intentions Video

working in your life right now that supports your happiness & wellbeing? What is in conflict with that vision of happiness? I encourage you to sit in quiet contemplation right now and think about how you spent last year. Were you doing work that supported your family AND supported your heart? Did you spend your hard-earned money on things you are proud of? Did you give time to things that mattered or crippled with fear over potential loss?Read More

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Take The ‘Money Anxiety’ Quiz

best things we can do to really get present with our financial wellbeing is to assess it. By asking ourselves a few pivotal questions, we demystify money and are able to focus on what we need to get in financial shape. I encourage you to take the Money Anxiety Quiz (and share it with your friends) by clicking on the QUIZ button. You will receive immediate results, letting you know what you need to have a better relationship with your finances. Some questions include: * One or both of my parents were fearful and anxious around money. * I often feel a need to protect what I own from loss, and fRead More

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How much would you be worth if you lost everything?

ossessions come and go. The more you have, the more you have to worry about losing. The harder you work, creating these material goods, the more you potentially lose in quality time with those with whom you could share your love. Suddenly, you’re at the end of your life and you’ve missed it. I call this deferred living. Wants beget wants. I want, therefore I am… or will be. When we can feel wealthy and prosperous, regardless of the ups and downs of the market place, or the external circumstance around us, then we are truly wealthy and free. Now mind you this is easier said than donRead More

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Meet Gina, Former Inmate Turned Therapist/Mediator

P of Sacks Fifth Avenue, Gina was found guilty of participating in her husband’s white collar crime. We met in the Northern California jail where I volunteer my time every week when she showed an interest in the Spirituality and Communication classes I’ve taught at the jail for the last several years.  Gina was an enthusiastic student and after six months became my assistant, often continuing to offer emotional, mental and vocational tools to fellow students. With skills in business and fashion and an eye toward her own release, she encouraged these women to become more creative and self-suffiRead More

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How America Gives

e prisoners I help are ex-Goldman Sachs traders, real estate barons, and others whose lives fell apart when they were unable to stop the cycle of greed and shift back to financial and spiritual wellbeing. They learned the hard way that this is not a sustainable, nor a healthy way to live. Hopefully, many more learned by their tragic stories. I would like to go back to the article “How America Gives” from Philanthropy.com, which I shared in my last post. If you missed it, go to http://philanthropy.com/article/As-Wealthy-Give-Smaller-Share/149191/ In Chapter Nine of my book The Money Anxiety CurRead 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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