What if every time your hands, mind, and heart touched money, something wonderful happened?
This practical and inspiring book by Naomi Rose ~ author of MotherWealth: The Feminine Path to Money ~ gives you a way to record both:
- your dollar-and-cents transactions (good for budgeting, tax records, cash flow, and much more), and
- your evolving life experiences that take place in the process of your ordinary financial transactions (both in the world and in your mind).
The Portable Blessings Ledger gives you all you need to bring your heart and finances together in an immediate, hands-on way ~ and reap the accruing benefits and blessings!
How wealthy could you be if your whole, real Being were taken into account every time money comes into the picture?
The premise of this unique and timely book is that if you approach every financial transaction with a willingness to discover the blessings that are connected with them (both those that come towards you and those that come from you), they will appear.
The promise is that if you do this, the process will transform your life, your finances, your heart, your community, and your planet.
The benefits include a no-stress way to record every financial transaction down to the penny, and how your transactions reveal ~ and help to heal ~ your deep inner life. (Good for your record-keeping, budgeting, taxes, and emotional and spiritual well-being, too.)
The format of The Portable Blessings Ledger enables you to keep track of everything you make and spend, down to the penny. You are given:
- Spending Forms
- Income Forms (actual and anticipated)
- Assessment Forms (on both dollars-and-cents and story levels) ~ and even
- Musings Forms (so you can work things through, within)
And woven throughout each one, in addition to simple guides for very precise record-keeping, are:
- Story Forms ~ so you can discover what happens inside you, to you, for you (blessings received), and from you (blessings given)
All this helps you operate easily on both analytical (left-brain) and holistic (right-brain) levels ~ just by keeping this multi-leveled ledger.
With The Portable Blessings Ledger, you can do all the nuts-and-bolts of record-keeping~
- Budget, keep accurate records for taxes and personal/business assessment, and learn where your money goes
- Plus be vividly (and blessedly) connected to the human (and sometimes Divine) experiences you get to have through money
~ simply because you are being present to yourself whenever money comes into the picture .
EXCERPTS FROM THE BOOK (Naomi Rose’s filled-in ledger)
Date: Wednesday, May 19th
Transaction #: 1
Items purchased: Food
Where purchased: Berkeley Bowl Supermarket
Appeal: (a) weekly shopping, and (b) party supplies
How paid for: Personal check
Amount spent: $214.48
AND THE STORY UNFOLDS . . .
Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary celebration, and I am standing at the check-out counter, an abundance of food ranged on the conveyor belt slowly moving towards the cashier. With excitement and a little guilt at the sheer plenitude of what I have gathered up here, I note the 3 packages of chicken thighs, the pound of long-grain brown rice, the oblong of French bread, the package of unsalted butter, 2 full plumped-up plastic bags filled with greens for salad, 2 kinds of salad dressing, 3 kinds of juices, ripe red tomatoes spilling over inside the plastic bag, a handful of Japanese eggplants, a bottle of sparkling cider, baking supplies for a cake, and much, much more.
The cashier, a young woman, smiles at me and rings up my purchases. I watch each item appear on the computer screen, totalling up to an increasing amount. Each item is not so much, individually; but as I watch them add up, I begin to realize that I am about to spend more than twice what I usually spend on weekly shopping. “But we’re having guests,” I think. “It’s a celebration.” Still, as I take out my checkbook and start to write the check, guilt sets in, a low-level panic.
I take a breath, remember that the purpose of this expense is shared joy. And things brighten up again.
As I’m writing the date on the check, I remember that I wanted to buy today’s paper. Someone I know has a book that’s been reviewed. I look in my purse, but don’t have any change.
“Could I write this for 25 cents over?” I ask the cashier.
“I’m sorry,” she says, actually looking sorry. “We can’t give change with checks—”
But before she can finish her sentence, the young man bagging my groceries at the end of the counter looks up and smiles. “I’ll give you 25 cents,” he offers, with a full-tilt sunny smile.
I know his face from the last 15 years I’ve shopped here. I even know his name. It’s Rick. Rick digs into his pocket for a quarter, his smile undisturbed.
“Oh!” I cry, deeply moved by his offer. I know it’s only a quarter, but I’ve just spent more money on food than he probably makes in half a week of work. Something in me is primed to protest, “No, no, please!” But I don’t succumb to it. His gift is genuine, and larger by far than the amount he is giving me. Though Rick may not be thinking in terms of “money and compassion,” his putting them together lifts my spirit well beyond the cash value.
I thank him gratefully, and watch him bag my ten bags of food into two carts. I’m offered the help of an employee to wheel the second cart to my car. I can’t say, “No thanks, I can manage,” because I can’t. I have to receive.
I push one cart forward, and a young woman employee gets behind the second cart, smiles, and starts to push it toward the sliding doors.
But then a voice from behind me calls out. “Wait! Your quarter!” Rick runs after me, puts the quarter in my hand. I’d left it behind on the counter. The offer itself had provided so many dividends, I’d forgotten the thing itself.
Blessings in Balance: Good food. Choices. Kindness. Not alone.
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Date: Thursday, April 7th
Transaction #: 2
Source of Income: Book Development client, Patricia S.
Conditions: I had already worked with her husband on his book, so she knew of my work in terms of him. But when she saw my ad, she realized that she could enlist me to help her write her own book.
Satisfaction level: Incredibly high
Amount received: $113.00
AND THE STORY UNFOLDS
Patricia is one of the great treasures in my work, both in allowing me to help develop her book and in continually reminding me that everything is part of the journey. She reads me the short pieces of writing she has been able to carve time for ~ a triumph, considering her very young child. I listen to her read the writing she has wrested away from sleep, her voice low and evoking forests, rivers, a city in Illinois I have never been to before now. My head is as clear as I can make it so that I am of good use to her, my imagination traveling with her through the lakes and trees, the woundings and callings of her childhood and beyond.
“Thank you for receiving this,” she says to me at reading’s end, lifting her eyes up from her laptop computer, taking in my deep listening, and handing me a check.
“Thank you,” I answer, almost speechless, exalted by the beauty of her search, her recording, her gifts; realizing that serving the deep Self is the greatest privilege.
Blessings in balance: As they say, “I get paid to do this?” In truth, if I had to, I would pay her to help her birth this difficult and exquisite story that reveals so much of me to myself, as well.
What just a few of the book’s readers have to say:
The Portable Blessings Ledger turns our relationship with money upside-down! This financial roadmap guides you to a place where money is the vessel that illuminates your inner wisdom, brings peace to your home and family, and expresses your deepest values in the world. What a gift!”~ Hal Brill, President, Natural Investment Services, Inc.; co-author,Investing with Your Values
This is a remarkable achievement. You’ve found a way to bring the inside outside, and relate it to money, in a way that brings into the world the mirror that was missing. We never learned how to be present with ourselves through our finances. The Portable Blessings Ledger should be everywhere, including taught in schools. You’ve pioneered something we can all use.”~ Doreen Hamilton, author, Essential Speaking: The 7-Step Guide to Finding Your Real Voice
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