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Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend Paperback – February 10, 2017
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“DeYoe pierces common money illusions and focuses readers on the elements that underpin true happiness.”
― Tadas Viskanta, founder and editor of Abnormal Returns
“Mindful Money, a book grounded in a belief system that is deeply compatible with my own spirit, teaches the lessons I have been waiting for.”
― from the foreword by Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple
“Mindful Money provides a commonsense and inspirational framework that serves as a road map to happiness and offers a thoughtful reassessment of how money is just a tool, not the destination.”
― Burt White, managing director and chief investment officer of LPL Financial
“If there were a smarter and better way to manage your money and your life, you’d want to know right away. So open this book and start reading.”
― Bob Seawright, chief investment officer of Madison Avenue Securities and blogger, Above the Market
“Teaches you to put wealth-building ideas into action. . . . If you read one money book this year, let it be Mindful Money.”
― Barbara A. Friedberg, MBA, MS, expert investor and author of Invest and Beat the Pros
“[DeYoe’s] advice is solid, his delivery is assured, and his claim of discovering the key to happiness is surprisingly plausible.”
― Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Jonathan K. DeYoe, CPWA, AIF, is a California-based financial adviser with twenty years’ experience and a longtime Buddhist. In 2001 he founded DeYoe Wealth Management, which works with families and institutions. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Monastics have simple rules for money, and if you read about lay people in Buddhist texts, you're reminded that merchants are evil cheats and money is a dead end path. So lay people are left wondering how money plays into their spiritual lives, which leads to perhaps not handling it properly or dealing with a literal embarrassment of riches. One of my favorite Buddhist texts puts it like this:
In the beginning wealth makes you happy and envied;
But however much you have, it never seems enough.
In the middle miserliness tightens its knots around you:
You can't bear to spend it on offerings or charity.
Your wealth attracts enemies and negative forces,
In the end, wealth's a demon that puts your life in danger.
How frustrating to just look after wealth for your enemies!
I've cast off this millstone, which drags us down into samsara.
I want no more of this devil's lure.
-Jetsun Milarepa from Words of My Perfect Teacher: A Complete Translation of a Classic Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (Sacred Literature)
Mindful Money takes on personal money management for the spiritually minded with a light touch. It dispels the money illusion we live with, taught by the pundits and money gurus. It simplifies strategies and goals, asking the reader to define their money priorities and accepting the limitations of work and savings. It asks you to define meaning through relationships, generosity and gratitude and work towards those well defined goals, rather than frittering away money on illusory bobbles that don't bing us happiness or fulfill our goals. It takes a middle path.
Mindful Money throws light into the dark spaces of the mind reserved for our uncomfortable relationship with work, money and our materialistic needs, warranted or not. In Buddhist terms, it would be a "path text," describing how fortunate we are to have come to this point, how left to our own devices we're often mired in illusion, and finally, providing a way out towards well intended financial goal. Mindful Money isn't truly a religious or spiritual text, but it's certainly compatible with those who would rather be reading one.
In section one, DeYoe talks about “Unmasking the Illusions.” What information that you hear about finances can you believe? What information must you be cautious of? DeYoe explains it all.
Section two covers, “Finding Your Happiness.” Section three talks about “Making a Plan.”
Each chapter, and there are several chapters in each section, ends with a “Mindful Money Practice” exercise. For instance, Chapter 6, “Happiness Pilar 6: Generosity,” gives the assignment of watching for opportunities to perform simple, meaningful and random acts of generosity. “For the next thirty days, set the goal to perform at least one deliberate but unexpected act of generosity each day with the conscious intention of surprising and delighting the recipient,” DeYoe challenges. These acts do not always involve the giving of money and opens the readers eyes to all the opportunities that present themselves, but that might not be recognized.
DeYoe explains each exercise clearly, tells you why you are doing it and what you will gain from performing the assignment. Throughout the book other tasks, assignments and exercises are given. These assist the reader with their learning process and make reading the book interesting.
Because the financial information is given in easy to understand terms, and is backed-up with tools that make the performing of these tasks simple, finances no longer seem scary, something only professionals in the field can understand, or intimidating. I wish I’d had this book when I was much younger, but it can be very useful no matter what stage of your life.
I can recommend this book with enthusiasm and confidence. I’m sure I’ll be reading it over again.