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Creating True Prosperity by Shakti Gawain

Exploring Shakti Gawain's work on tuning into prosperity.

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As we get older, our needs and desires evolve. Below is an expert from, Creating True Prosperity, by Shakti Gawain, about listening to your inner voice to find what you need.

Here is a simple way to practice paying attention to your inner wisdom:

Find a comfortable, quiet place where you will not be interrupted for a few minutes. It's wonderful to do this outdoors if you can find a place that's really comfortable; a peaceful place indoors is fine, too. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and begin to pay attention to your breath. Breathe slowly and deeply. Whenever your mind wanders, gently come back to focusing on your breath and relaxing your body.

Now shift your attention and the focus of your energy down into your heart or belly area. Imagine that a very wise part of you lives in this area of your body, and it has a message for you right now. Ask what the message is, and then relax and pay attention to whatever thought, feeling, or image comes to you. Take whatever comes and be with it for a few moments. Don't worry if you don't fully understand it. Just sit with it a little. Ask your inner guidance if you need to be aware of or be reminded of anything else. Then thank your inner guidance. When you feel complete, open your eyes. If you wish, you can write a little about what you experienced.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge?

Desire, security, power. On a gut level, these deep emotional parts of ourselves are attached to our financial lives. Our beliefs about self-worth, scarcity, and achievement are tied up in our ability to feel prosperous. This insight provides an opportunity to empathize with and design for these broad user needs.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a UX Researcher with a background in Oral History and Documentary Studies. Using Design Thinking, I dig deep to discover true user motivations and key insights to ignite the design process.

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  • I'm not currently involved in a credit union, but am curious to learn more!

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Thank you for your post, Liz.