Zen Penny

Seeking the Path to Financial Nirvana

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Before I continue to make any kind of progress on this blog, perhaps it would be wise to begin a discussion on financial nirvana. I am not Buddhist nor I do not claim to be an expert on Buddhism, Zen or otherwise. But Zen ideals do have a lot of practical applications in the financial world. (And to be fair, more than a few that totally contradict the goal oriented methodology of personal finance. But for now, let’s stick to the affirmative.)

To me, financial nirvana is enlightenment. Not enlightenment in the sense of knowing how to pick the right stocks or how to become a millionaire selling real estate. It’s more like enlightenment as a state of mind or an awareness of what must be done to meet your financial needs and know how to go about it. It also represents the death of the cycle; the cycle being anything from living paycheck to paycheck to endless revolving debt.

For me personally, I believe the cusp of financial nirvana will arrive if/when my return on investment exceeds my expenditures. Having the freedom to do what I want will certainly tell me a lot about who I am.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree? Disagree? Do I not have a clue what I’m talking about? Leave a comment and let me know.


Written by Zenpenny

March 30, 2007 at 10:22 pm

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