Blog Action Day 2008: Poverty is a Mindset

As part of my contribution to Blog Action Day, today I am going to share with you my thoughts on poverty. Poverty is the perfect topic to talk about - especially on this blog! Those of you who have been reading this blog know that I believe that everything is a state of mind, so you're not surprised for me to say that poverty, too, is a state of mind.

Poverty conjures up so many images: a homeless man begging for money on the street, a child in a "Third World" county who eats one meal a day, or a single mother or father working three jobs to support four growing kids. Yes, these people are in financial poverty.

However, did you know that poverty is also the man living in that mansion who feels lonely and unloved or the CEO of a multi-billion company who works 100 hours a week and has high blood pressure? These people are in emotional or physical poverty. Then there are people who we think have it all: the big house, nice car, and all the money they could ever need, but they don't have that connection with God, Source, The Universe, or whatever name or label you choose to call Infinite Love. These are the people who are poor spiritually.

"Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money;
it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."
--Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Truth About Being Rich or Poor

I'm so glad that the subject of Blog Action Day is poverty because we are at a big turning point in history. We are at the beginning of this reawakening...Relearning the truth about what it really means to be rich or poor.

Wealth or poverty is something that resides within. Yes, I'll repeat it again: Poverty is a state of mind. It's about perspective. It's not about the money. To break that state of mind we have to make different choices and unblock the shackles that have been placed on our minds by our parents and the society around us. Our beliefs about how the world works is passed down from generation to generation. If your parents have a poverty mindset, it's highly likely that you grew up with this same beliefs.

I'm here to teach you that you can break that poverty mindset just by believing that you deserve more and that you can achieve more! You have the choice on whether you can are rich or poor. It is not God's will for people to be in poverty. It's an absolute crock to believe that you have to live a financially poor existence to be "with God". That's the type of mentality that keeps people in poverty.

How to Eliminate Poverty

Today I wrote down a list of things I would do when I become a billionaire. I used to think that with a few billion dollars I could eliminate poverty. I had this vision of traveling the world and giving money away to people who needed it. Although this is something I would still like to do, I think it would be so much better to teach people that they have the power within themselves to eliminate the poverty in their own lives - whether it be financial, spiritual, emotional, or physical.

Truth is, I could spread the wealth and give money to the poor, but if these people have a poverty mindset, that money would be used up quickly and they would go back to being poor.

To truly eliminate poverty means empowering people and educating them about the most important tool they have - that we all have - to create the riches and life we've always dreamed of: The Mind.

It's about changing the mindset. It's about being a source of positive energy and optimism. It's about inspiring people to realize their full potential as human beings. It's about reconnecting them with The Universal Mind. It's about teaching them that to attract money, they have to provide some kind of value to others and the world.

I challenge you to really think about what you can do help change the mindset that has taken over many people's lives. They've been sucked into the messages put out by the media. Seriously, how many times do they have to tell us that we're in a "recession" or "economic crisis"?!? We don't need anymore of that negative energy! What people really need to know is what they can do to turn their lives around.

Now it's your turn to be a source of inspiration!

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Ellen Weber said...

Spoken like a pro! Thanks Maria:-) I do have a question though, as I am curious about what it would take to diminish poverty in the communities we enter. Where does one start - as you see it?

Maria Palma said...

Hi Ellen,

Thanks so much for the kind words! Getting rid of poverty starts with each individual...changing our perspective of how we see the world and eliminating our own poverty mindsets - because we all have a little bit of this mindset in one form or another...

I will definitely have to write another post on this topic! So much to say...

Anonymous said...

total ignorance is neither solving nor contributing to solutions...

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