Saturday, February 07, 2009

Poverty Is A State Of Mind

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Here's The Secret To Become Rich

Can you fake richness? Can you project an image of being ultra-wealthy when inwardly you quaver at the thought of the bank impounding your property because the debt remains unpaid? Can you put on a mask of all-is-well in your world when your mind is preoccupied by the worry of how to pay this vendor or settle that bill? The answer is - to an extent, you cannot. Fake the poverty in your mind, that is.

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Report of a study conducted by researchers on the body language exhibited by children of people coming from different socio-economic strata has appeared on the internet recently (a brief summary of the survey's results is available here). The study revealed that it is possible to guess the socio-economic status of even strangers from the subtle non-verbal cues they let out. Children from high economic background homes exhibit a greater sense of confidence in their interaction with others, do not baulk at making eye-contact, and have an easy smile and an easy laughter; while kids with not-so-high-economic background are nervous about making eye-contact, fidget with the button of their shirt while introducing themselves, and are generally unsure about how uninhibited they can be when laughing.

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Reflecting on the survey, it occurs that if you clothe a person in the most expensive threads, that person will still reveal the state of their bank balance through their body language and non-verbal cues. Poverty is a state of mind, not the state of your bank balance. Poverty is also not the texture of the thread you are wearing. If you think you are poor, a failure, a reject, a nobody --- then your body language will show it all. But if you think you are rich, prosperous, a success, a somebody who has accepted life as it is, at ease with yourself, a human being of worth, then even if there aren't very many numerals before the decimal point in your bank balance figure --- your body language will still show it all. Your body does not know how much cash you have or what material wealth you possess; but it very well understands the quality of the thoughts you are holding in your mind; and it truthfully reflects them as is.

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The way we have evolved over the ages, we define "rich" and "poor" in terms of tangible assets and physical entities. This man owns a residence of size X, so he must be rich. This woman owns a residence of size Y and also commutes in her own jet, so she must be richer than the man who owns just the X-sized residence. What we tend to overlook, because we can never see them, is the quality of our thoughts. Like the material entities, even our thoughts have two different qualities - one may be defined as "rich", and the other may be defined as "poor". Very interestingly, while it takes effort to earn richness in the material-world, it does not take any effort whatsoever to achieve richness in the thought-world. All that we have to do is to remain alert about the quality of thoughts that we allow to pass through our mindscape.

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What are these "rich thoughts"? These are thoughts of being at ease with oneself; being ease with the world; these are thoughts of acceptance of life as it is; these are thoughts of love directed towards oneself and holding oneself in high esteem; these are thoughts that one is worthy of all the love and respect that there is in this world; these are thoughts that are not dependent on the opinion of the others, and definitely not dependent on how many numerals there are before the decimal point; and these are the thoughts that drive one to aspire, work for and achieve greater things in the most positive manner. So what are the "poor thoughts"? Any thought that self-defeats, self-deprecates, self-discounts, self-loathes, self-pities, and self-put-me-down, is not a "rich thought" but its exact opposite.

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Now tell me, how much money do you have to spend in acquiring these rich thoughts for yourself? What effort do you have to expend in acquiring them? What skills do you need, which school or college do you have to attend, which exam do you have to pass and which qualification do you need to acquire in order to own these rich thoughts for yourself? You see, thoughts are all there in ether, and available to you free of cost, and as abundantly like the air and the sunshine. Now it is up to you to pick and choose the exact quality of thoughts you want to acquire.

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Tell you what? You wanna become rich? You want money and wealth and prosperity badly? Okay so here is the secret. Acquire richness in thoughts first. Richness in the material world will automatically follow. Take my word on this.

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2 comments:

  1. I agree, poverty is a state of mind. When you feel rich and think rich thoughts of prosperity is almost as if the environment draws to you what you desire. I'm not really one for the airy fairy stuff, but beliefs are the cause of what determines if a person is going to be broke or rich... mind, body, spirit... and of coarse money! :)

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  2. Excellent article!! Thank you for the reminder for us to be careful of what we think and to keep those negative thoughts out. Love your site - thanks for all the great information.

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