Published by Kerry Meath-Sinkin
We all think about money. In our modern world, money, and our relationship to it, impacts our ability to live the life we want to live. I think most of us agree that our upbringing and life experiences play a large role in how we think about and relate to money.
But there is something else that affects how we relate to money. Our unique body type can influence how we relate to money. All of the inputs we confront on a daily basis affect our physical and emotional state. From an Ayurvedic perspective, we are all unique. We have unique predispositions, and unique qualities that influence how we understand ourselves and the world around us. Ayurveda looks at the essential elements that make up the world to identify 3 major body types. Generally, there is a body type that is more “airy”, a body type that is more “fiery”, and a body type that is more “earthy.” (This is not unique to Ayurveda, Plato described 3 types of bodies, then more recently there is a school of thought that identifies three types of bodies: ectomorphs, endomorphs, and mesomorphs)
The types of foods we eat, the environment we live in, the people we spend time with, and our career influence our physical and emotional state differently depending on our body type. When we use the lens of Ayurveda and the three body types, we can often see patterns, and can begin to understand how these inputs will influence our personal and emotional reaction to stimulus and events in our life.
An airy body type will react with more anxiety, or fear when they think about money. They may love starting different budgets, but have a hard time sticking to them over time. They may be more impulsive with their purchases. They may have a slender body frame, irregular features, have a hard time gaining weight, or an irregular schedule.
A fiery body type could feel more constricted and tight with their money. They may love having a budget, and have a need to plan for every detail in regards to a big purchase. A fiery type may have a medium body frame, with very sharp penetrating features, and a tendency towards redness or inflammation.
While an earthy type may feel overly attached to money. They may be too overwhelmed to even know where to begin, and want to be overly cautious with spending their money. They may have larger body features, a hard time losing weight, and a tendency towards congestion.
How can this be helpful for you? First, take a few minutes to think about you and your body. Do any of these different body types resonate with how your body and mind are? In my next blog, I will share a quiz that you can review to get a better sense of where you might fit.
Second, take a minute to reflect on your relationship to money? Has it changed over time? Does your personal situation at a given moment influence this relationship? This alone has been a powerful tool to help me give space and ease to unhelpful feelings when they arise.
Kerry Meath-Sinkin is a registered investment advisor and financial planner based in Minneapolis. She graduated with honors from Brown, and works with clients not only in the Twin Cities, but nationwide. Kerry believes in a holistic approach to finance. She works with her clients to develop a practical plan with their finances, while also working on their inner relationship with money. Together, these aspects allow clients to feel healthy, abundant, and free. Kerry also has a passion for healthy living, is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, and public health educator. Click here to learn more about Kerry.