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   The Seven Stages of Money Maturity
Understanding the Spirit and Value of Money in Your Life
by George Kinder
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Categories: Personal Finance& Careers | Business/Economics
Code: 2058 |  ISBN: 0440508339 |  384 pp. |  Publication Date: 2000
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
A Harvard-educated financial planner for more than a quarter century, and a Buddhist teacher for over a decade, George Kinder offers readers a new money relationship: a spiritual and psychological maturity, free of blame, without resentment, and without the polarizing worldview of haves vs. have-nots. Many people assume that issues of money and spirit are separate, incompatible questions. Sharing the skills and wisdom that contribute to understanding, deepening, and enriching the role money plays across our lives, Kinder leads readers through seven developmental stages on the path towards a more mature, holistic relationship with their finances:
1. Innocence -- The childhood state we are born in, devoid of any concept of money

2. Pain -- The discovery that we have more money than some and less than others, and that work is necessary to make a living

3. Knowledge -- The intellectual task of learning financial techniques such as saving, budgeting, and investing

4. Understanding -- The emotional work done in coming to terms with feelings around money, such as greed, envy, and resentment (which are rooted in Pain)

5. Vigor -- The energy (physical, emotional, and spiritual) that must be expended to reach financial goals

6. Vision -- The direction of Vigor outward toward the health and welfare of communities, with or without profit motive

7. Aloha -- The compassionate goodwill that allows one to use money to perform acts of kindness without expecting anything in return

Using "The Seven Stages Of Money Maturity," readers will understand each encounter with money as a step toward awakening; a lesson about the relationship they share with others as well as with the self.

Indigo's Comments
I actually took Mr. Kinder's workshop in Cambridge, MA. I never saw a group of adults break down faster than with this very calm man talking about money and the emotion connection to it. It helped me understand a lot about how money rules your world - whether you have money or not.?jenn

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