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Wealth, Poverty, and What Isn’t Fair About Money

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Money is often a dividing issue in our personal lives and in society at large. A lot of stress revolves around the idea of unfairness and it can be loosened by questioning our judgments and beliefs about those who have and those who have not.

There are some interactive exercises in this module. Please take the time to do these exercises, including writing a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet. We also encourage you to do The Work on the worksheet on your own time either in written form or with a partner.


0:00 Review experiences from the exercise on the break of giving and asking for money.

0:26 Exercise: a way to discover our hidden judgments about people of varying levels of wealth and poverty. Then writing a Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet on one of these people.

0:53 Doing The Work on one of the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheets: “I want him to acknowledge that I didn’t sell my soul.”

1:08 Discussion following The Work

1:33 What’s not fair about money? Making a list of stressful beliefs as a group with discussion.

2:06 Invitation to find a living turnaround to try out practicing.

Action Step – Questioning Judgments about Rich and Poor People

Extra Work (Optional)

We encourage you to question more of the statements on your worksheet using the One-Belief-at-a-Time Worksheet in written form or verbally with a friend.

For future reference, download the Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet here.

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