Among my tribe of Martha Beck coaches, there is a ritual that has been handed down by one of my teachers/mentor Pam Slim. It comes from a Native American practice where you light a green candle on a day that has “8” in it. Today is February 28th…so I’ve got my candle lit. The intention is to wish prosperity and abundance for oneself and for all. I cannot say I always remember to do it; but when I do I have such a sense of peace about me. Today’s prosperity prayer has such an interesting meaning to me because in the past two weeks I’ve committed to taking a harder look at my money beliefs and my journey to “financial sovereignty” (a term I learned from my other teacher/mentor Michele Woodward). This weekend I a) made a big financial decision for myself and chose to tell my husband versus ask (an old habit) b) I sat down with my husband (over a yummy meal) to discuss my goals toward building a different and healthier relationship with our money and to talk goals for ourselves. Since I’ve lit my candle, I’ve paid out the big financial investment (from (a) above) and I’ve also noticed that I see money everywhere at the moment…a dime in my car, $5 that belongs to my kids, a balance in my Paypal account, a discount for a program I’m starting. This flow of abundance both in and out feels very very “rich” and healthy and kind and loving. That is the relationship I am building with money. I feel as if I’m beginning (actually restarting) my journey to financial sovereignty from a space of openness, excitement, clarity (ish), and desire. That feels really really good. So…today on our green candle day, I wish you peace, prosperity and abundance, it is our right!