Day 6: The Nickel Thing….Again.

Via Marylee Fairbanks
on Oct 5, 2011
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I did “the nickel thing” during the last challenge but it is worth repeating.

People have asked why I am doing 24 days of letting go, instead of spending a weekend, dumping the junk, and moving on.

Well, it’s because of nickels.  A friend told me this, years ago, and it has stayed with and worked for me.

Collect nickels.  Don’t spend them, but as you go about your day see where you can acquire them.  Giving the extra 2 pennies in the coffee shop so your change includes a nickel.  Instead of dropping all the change into the tip jar pull out the nickel. Your energy surrounding money will gradually transform.

Once or twice a week, empty out your bag and put all the nickels into a pretty jar (according to Feng Shui; purple, green and gold are the colors that enhance money)

It seems silly, but the acquisition of the nickels, the feeling of abundance, and the ritual of saving will change your energetic attitude about money.  This small coin, that seemed insignificant, even worthless now invokes attention and respect.

Another meaningful observance surrounding money,is to make a list of five or ten things that you have in abundance in your life right after paying your bills.  This action sends my money out into the world with a feeling of gratitude instead of lack.

If we do something for a day or two, it is just an action. If we do something for 24 days, it becomes engrained in our being.  24 days without spending money on anything unnecessary, releasing the past, and making space for dreams.

24 days changes the way you move through the world.  It urges us toward consciousness and uncovers our highest selves.

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About Marylee Fairbanks

Marylee Fairbanks is a columnist for Gaiam, elephant journal, My Life Yoga, and, Her essays explore Motherhood and yoga, but mainly focus on her experiences with her young son and the many ways he helps her grow. She is a registered yoga teacher and founder of Chakras Yoga and The 24 Things. She teaches Chakras Balancing workshops and yoga classes. Prior to having her son, she performed in Broadway musicals across the country. Marylee lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and dogs. Find her on her website and follow her on twitter.


4 Responses to “Day 6: The Nickel Thing….Again.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Darn, I'll have to see what is comparable in Denmark to the nickel! 🙂

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  3. marylee says:

    thanks Tanya! any coin will do!

  4. so much sense. (or is it cents). ba dah bum CHING!