How To Relax About Money by SARK SARK | Oct 10, 2008 | Musings, Transformative Practices | 18 comments More from my siteUnexpected SweetnessesSet Free Your Creative ExpansionsWhat’s Your Dream?Why Create Anything?Another Kind of Love StorySARK’s NEWest Year Blessing Facebook Twitter Pinterest Add your musings or good thoughts here: responses so far (what you share will be loved and appreciated) 18 Comments Salubrious Stacey / Create a Balance on October 11, 2008 at 4:50 am Thanks for sharing your 1990 artwork about money. Reading it now was calming. Money Recess – Yes! This is just a money recess. Thank you Susan for all of your inspiration. I now have an exciting writing practice and in November my “Authentic Voice” artwork will be appearing in my first ever art exhibit. All of this success is a DIRECT result from all of your mentoring. Thank you, again, for helping me share my stories, my words, and my art with the world. Shell on October 11, 2008 at 1:52 pm Hi Sark. I’m so glad you have a blog now. I remember this poster from way back in the day. It holds up today as it did then. I really need to remember to relax about money. Leslie Lewis Sword loves Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy! on October 11, 2008 at 8:25 pm Thank you for the reminder, Susan! Something I thought of tonight is that: all these people affected by this market tumult means that EVERYDAY PEOPLE ARE INVESTING–It’s not just for the rarefied few anymore. This is a really good thing. Surviving a market panic like this makes people better investors. And this panic will end. This just means that good stocks have gone on sale. Anyway, I know it will all work out for all of us. Thanks for inspiring this rant! xoxooxox L Deirdra Van Duzer on October 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm I LOVE TO READ!!!! So far this year, I have read 36 books. I am on book 36 right now. “The Thieftaker”. I have an autistic son and I am bipolar so this is quite an accomplishment. They range from “The Magician”, “The Sorceress” to “Cold Mountain” and “The Lovely Bones”. Also two of your books which brings my collection to six. You said write if you love writing and reading. I am also BIG on journal websites as journaling helps me find my center. You GO GIRL!! liz elayne on October 12, 2008 at 7:56 pm thank you for this…i pulled out this book tonight and have been reading through the pages… i also pulled out living juicy and discovered many notes i had written while listening to your inspiration line when i was in college years ago. all those wise words and quotes and book suggestions that got me through that time in my life. thank you for that. Sheryl Karas on October 12, 2008 at 10:31 pm Hi! I’m really looking forward to seeing you at the Capitola Book Cafe on Thursday. It’s my birthday and you’re one of my favorite authors. Great blog! Mind if I include a link here from mine? I have a list of blogs and websites I recommend for inspiration. (http://healingcommunication.blogspot.com/) Sheryl Karas Debbie Abram on October 13, 2008 at 7:52 am Hi Sark I just listened to Dancing with Difficulty. Thank you so much for sharing yourself. I have been dancing with a job layoff. I go back and forth with oh my-what am I going to do and wow what is next for me. I too have found sharing with others helpful. People are kind.People are helping in the ways they know best-prayers for me,circulating my resume,references,suggestions and referrals,buying me lunch,phone calls etc. Your words were helpful and reminding me to dance my dance. Love Debbie aka Dancing Boots(I am a cosmic cowgirl) RobinW on October 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm Very wise words. I really hope you come to Canada some time soon…. We really really really want you to visit! emcee on October 17, 2008 at 8:42 am i love to see how artist/creatives respond to the challenges offered by this time, it is awe inspiring, and your words will be most needed! (ps: i’d love to see you around canada too!) Mary Kate on October 17, 2008 at 6:20 pm Dear Sark, Thank you for your colors and your pages and your stories. Once upon a time there was a girl who was in a library with her friend. They were looking at books about psychology and then they found this book, Eat Mangoes Naked by a lady named Sark. Then they started reading the book and were so overjoyed by its context that they each checked it out and read it. One of them read it all at once devouring it quickly. The other read it slowly taking each page in turn. Then they both went out again the next day and realized that they were far more alike then before and they shared some of there darkest secrets. The weight lifted off their shoulders turned into tiny sparrows and flew away. Then they went on with their day happier then they had ever been before and able to find pleasure in everything including the continuous squeaking of the playground swings. Liv on October 19, 2008 at 3:20 pm Thank you for your amazing words! creativevoyage on October 20, 2008 at 10:12 am yes ! relax about money ! I’ve noticed how much I love creating and how much satisifying that is compared to shopping. Knitting or baking something gives me infinate more pleasure than buying something from a shop. sheri lee taylor on October 20, 2008 at 6:41 pm oh susan!!!!! thank you! this is awesome! izabella ,jasmine and i just got back from almost a week of camping in mendocino! pure MAGIC! i wish i had time to share what happend but i have a feeling you will hear about how a ran into mary…MARY! shes so awesome!(and where i ran into her) she was full of wisdom( : her mother bear energy was so comforting…her story was so inspiring. she was still glowing from her visit with you! xxxxhope you are feeling wonderful! sheri lee taylor on October 24, 2008 at 10:38 am hi….its me again. i have a bit more time today,so i wanted to send another comment about your wonderful entry here “RELAX ABOUT MONEY” i came upon this at the most perfect time!!!! when i was in mendocino i was doing just that! in fact susan…..if i had waited to AFFORD such a trip i never would have gone! i felt as i was being called and in fact there was someone i really wanted to meet. someone that has a big influence on me regarding music…….i was thinking alot about your juicy living page that says “invite someone dangerous to tea”…well i sent an invite to this person to come to my campfire and roast marshmellows!! ( :AND have a warm drink. i had a full tank of gas…..ALOT of food…a check from my boyfriend to pay for a few days of a campsite and ONLY 15 dollars cash, HMMMMMMM we left for mendocino monday night and had the beautiful almost full moon to light the way…..and she stayed with us throughout the week! anyway…..we found a beautiful place to set up camp and decided to pretend “WE LIVE IN MENDOCINO” hehehe( : on tuesday i went to the market and realized i needed fuel for the stove….a ten dollars left….a by wednesday i had 75 cents left. all the while just eating, sleeping and touring around mendocino……wednesday night, WE WERE HEADING BACK TO CAMP AND BELLA INSISTED WE HAVE SANDWICHES FOR DINNER AND COULD WE JUST STOP AND EAT NOW! AT FIRST I SAID NO NO WE NEED TO GET TO CAMP TO COOK A HOT DINNER…BUT SHE TALKED ME INTO TAKING THE NEXT TURN, TO THE LIGHT HOUSE… we had the entire pt.cabrillo lighthouse to ourselves!!! and sang my childrens song out loud……and one of the verses we were living!!! hahahahaha “SUNSET MOONRISE SINGING TO THE SEA, IM A PART OF YOU ,YES YOUR A PART OF ME TWIRLING ROUND AND ROUND ,FLIPPING CARTWHEELS ON THE GROUND THANK YOU FOR SHOWING ME THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE!!!!!!!!!!” IZABELLA 6…..JASMINE 4 AND I RUNNING AROUND IN THE ORANGE GLOW…….THEN THIS HUGE BEAUTIFUL MOON RISING IT WAS AMAZING….(everytime the light from the lighthouse would turn onto the girls< they would hop like frogs) IT WAS SO CUTE! BASKING IN HAPPINESS AND JUST LIVING IN THE MOMENT! WE WERE SUPPOSED TO GET BACK BY THURSDAY...THE WEATHER WAS SO INCREDIBLE I DID DECIDE TO LET BELLA MISS SCHOOL AND WHILE THE GIRLS WOULD NAP I WOULD MEDITATE BY THE STREAM AND SIT AND LET COMPLETE GRATTIUDE FILL MY BEING. TO HAVE THIS OPPOURTUNITY TO SPEND TIME, (without clocks) WITH MY TWO HEALTHY DAUGHTERS, IN THIS BEAUTIFUL PLACE WITH AMAZING WEATHER. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! AMAZING! BY SATURDAY I DISCOVERD THE "WISDOM HOUSE" THAT WAS INCREDIBLE...AND ANYONE WHO READS THIS MAY YOU FIND THE WISDOM HOUSE IN MENDOCINO...FOR A PLEASANT SURPRISE OF BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK AND INSPIRATION!!!!BY REV.SHILOH!!! OVER THE DAYS ....I CONTEMPLATED WOULD I USE THE 75 CENTS FOR THE 50 CENT SHOWER AT THE CAMP OR TO CALL MY SWEETHEART AT HOME.....?????? ALL THE WHILE THE TRIPS FROM CAMP TO TOWN I WAS USING UP THE GAS IN THE CAR, HMMMMMMMMMM HOW WOULD I GET HOME? I JUST NEVER WORRIED ABOUT IT! INFACT.....AS I MET INCREDIBLY AWESOME MOTHER BEAR TYPE WOMEN WHO MADE ME FEEL COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE TO EVEN ASK FOR THE GAS MONEY.....SPIRIT TOLD ME NOT TO ASK FOR MONEY. SO I DIDNT. MY INTUITION TOLD ME TO MAKE THE MONEY TO GET HOME MYSELF! SO ON SUNDAY...THE GIRLS AND I SET UP A LITTLE STAND AT THE ALBION FARMERS MARKET...WE SOLD PAINTED ROCKS AND IZABELLAS ARTWORK. I PAINTED FACES. WE MADE A LITTLE SIGN THAT EXPLAINED WE NEEDED GAS MONEY TO GET HOME. WE HEARD INCREDIBLE STORIES FROM FOLKS WHO STOPPED BY. AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN. I NEVER WORRIED ABOUT MONEY. I DID HAVE TO WORK AT IZABELLAS SCHOOL FOR 6 HOURS SOMETIME BEFORE MONDAY AT 9 AM SO I HAD TO GET HOME. SOMEHOW I JUST KNEW IT WOULD WORK OUT. I HAD FELT CALLED TO MENDOCINO AND THE TIME SPENT THERE WITH MY GIRLS AND THE FOLKS WE MET. THE SEEDS THAT WERE PLANTED ALL MEANT TO BE.I KNEW THERE WAS A REASON THAT I ONLY HAD A BIT OF MONEY IN FACT I WOULD HAVE LEFT EARLY IF I HAD MONEY HAHAHA IT WAS 745PM SUNDAY EVE AND I WAS STARTING TO FEEL OK ABOUT MAKING A SIGN AND PARKING AT THE GAS STATION..... AND ASKING FOR HELP TO GET HOME. I HAD A BRIEF THOUGHT ABOUT THE PERSON WHOM I HAD INVITED TO MY CAMPFIRE....INSPIRED BY "JUICY LIVING"...AND HOW HE NEVER SHOWED UP. AND MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE TRIPLE DARED HIM TO COME.HAHAHAHAHA!!! JUST AS I STARTED TO MAKE THE SIGN I HAD AN OVERWHELMING FEELING TO GO TO THE TOWN MARKET....THEN IZABELLA SAID "mom i need a bannana" well i knew the market was closing soon SO i headed RIGHT over. just as i pulled in......THERE HE WAS!!!! THE PERSON I HAD INVITED TO MY CAMPFIRE! MY GIRLS WERE DRESSED IN COSTUME JUST FOR FUN.....JASMINE WAS A VILLAGE GIRL ALL DRESSED IN BLUE AND BELLA WAS A PIRATE......JUST AS WE ARRIVED TO THE STOREFRONT ANOTHER MOM WITH THREE KIDS ALSO SHOWED UP IN FULL COSTUMES. THE PERSON WHOM I WAS LONGING TO MEET ASKED IF THERE WAS A PARTY AND BOTH OF US MOMS SAID "no this is just for fun" SO AS THE CHILDREN PLAYED IN THERE COSTUMES AROUND THE STOREFRONT.....I WAS ABLE TO TALK WITH THIS PERSON...AND I HOPEFULLY PLANTED SOME SEEDS FOR A FUTURE COMMUNICATION AND A POSSIBLE PROJECT ONE DAY WITH THIS PERSON!!! AND I WAS ABLE TO TELL HIM A BOUT MY LACK OF GAS TO GET HOME AND HE OFFERED 20 DOLLARS. WE ENED OUR LOVELY CONVERSATION WITH A GREAT BIG HUG! AS HE LEFT THE MOTHER WITH THREE CHILDREN SAID....THAT SHE USED TO LIVE IN SEBASTOPOL AND SHE WOULD LIKE TO OFFER ME ANOTHER 20 DOLLARS.....SHE INSISTED THAT MONEY WAS GOOD FOR HER IN THIS MOMENT AND SHE REALLY WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH ME!( : AFTER THE KIDS PLAYED AND WE HEADED OVER TO THE GAS STATION THAT TAKES ATM CARDS AND I HAD ONLY CASH....I ASKED A MAN WHO CAME IF HE HAD AN ATM & CAN I GIVE YOU THIS 40 DOLLARS AND CAN YOU PUT THE GAS IN PLEASE??.....HE SMILED AND SAID SURE!!!!! AS HE COMPLEMENTED THE GIRLS IN THEIR COSTUMES AND TOLD ME WHAT A GREAT MOM I AM FOR TAKING MY GIRLS CAMPING HE PUT 48 DOLLARS IN!!! AMAZING!!!! SO WE HEADED HOME AND I CLEANED THE SCHOOL!!! AND I HAD EVEN ENOUGH GAS TO GET TOO AND FROM THE PLACES IVE NEEDED TO GO THROUGH THIS WEEK! SO TO ALL THAT READ THIS....GO AHEAD....TRY IT IT WORKS!! RELAX ABOUT MONEY AND EVERYTHING ELSE!! HAVE FAITH!! BELIEVE!!! SARK THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INSPIRING ME TO BECOME MORE FREE...AND TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT. I HAVE TRULY HAD SOME AMAZING MOMENTS SINCE I ADAPPTED THIS WAY OF LIVING......I HAVE SO MUCH GRATTITUDE AND LOVE FOR YOU SISTER....MAMA BEAR!!! I HOPE ITS OK I WROTE ALL THIS. I FELT SO COMPELLED TO SHARE. LOVE SHERILEE Sue Phillips w/a Gillian Doyle on November 17, 2008 at 8:20 am Hi Susan, I have had the money poster on my office wall for so many years, and recently moved it to the front of my refrigerator. Now friends and family want copies! I started searching online today. I can’t find one anywhere. Is there any chance that it will be printed again? Janet Whitehead on November 17, 2008 at 9:54 pm When I grow up, I want to be just like you, SARK! Actually, I’m good with being me, but I do have to say I adore your brilliant inspirations that you are sharing with so many people worldwide! I’m a kindred spirit doing similar work. Observing you and your playwork.. is always a ‘rekindling’ experience. Thank you. Recess… Yup, I’m going to hula hoop AND firedance! (They never allowed that one in school.. oh the freedom of recess now that I’m not in school) What a breath of fresh air that we have a recess from money and the pressure we put on ourselves to have some of it hanging around. (smile) Also want to add.. Thanks, Sherrilee, for sharing your inspiring story! Janet Whitehead on November 17, 2008 at 9:57 pm ps. Ditto on “Come to Canada!” Anything I can do to help make that happen? Betsi on January 6, 2009 at 2:48 pm Thanks for sharing this! I second what another comment said – is there any chance this poster will be back in publication anytime soon? I simply MUST have it up on my studio wall!