Is Money the Road to All Happiness? – Dr. Lisa Ortigara Crego

Is Money the Road to All Happiness?

There is no point at which you can say,
“Well, I’m successful now.
I might as well take a nap.”
~Carrie Fisher

 

Imagine you could have all the riches you need. That nobody, or no thing could stand in your way as you move toward self-reliance. It’s possible. How? Remove your obsession with money and watch it flow in your direction.

Why are so many people obsessed with money? Is it the quest for happiness—the belief that money will fix all ills? Money, many believe, is power. With it, you can go anywhere, do anything, and be anything your heart desires.

The Sticky on Money

Money affects so many aspects of our lives that it can become an obsession for some to the point at which it’s always on their minds.

Some of us obsess because we’re struggling for more, while others focus on seeing their bank accounts grow larger, and still others cling to what they already have.

For those suffering from money aversion, on the other hand, their obsession can cause severe depression and/or anxiety. The goal is to stop the worry, the scrutinizing of every aspect of our finances, and watch our capital and investments flourish.

This doesn’t mean either spend willy-nilly or be so tight we can have no joy…but we can seek balance. In everything we do, we need balance. Take the food we eat. What we take into our bodies needs to be whole and real and balanced to lead us to a healthier life.

Or take aging, not only will healthful foods support the process, but will contribute to good health, including a sound mentality—a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Ahh, If Only I Was Born Rich

Life would be much simpler if we were all born with a golden spoon to eat with. Or would it? Some would argue inherited money differs from earned money. Throughout the pages of my newest book, Release Your Obsession with MONEY: Heal from the Inside Out, I will challenge the differences.

   Money, Money, Money!

Is money the root of all evil, or is it a cushion to start life comfortably? And when is a certain amount of money enough? Can we take a nap once successful? Or are we taking a nap before we’re truly successful? What a conundrum.

That we all need money to survive is obvious, but we can embrace the journey—or not. Well, I’m successful now; I might as well take a nap, says it all. Life is a continuous expedition to a better self, a self with intention. This gift of embarking on such a search is within each of us—the money is not what speaks to our souls—our inner beings, but the riches within.

Riches to Rags to Comfortable

I started life in a household considered well-to-do. My father owned a chain of music stores and played his own tunes in very swanky nightclubs and for prominent politicians, and even movie stars. In my formative years, our family was financially comfortable. But life took many twists and turns for me. I knew what being around money was like and later what the experience was of being flat broke.

As a clinician, I see many patients chasing the almighty dollar, hoping it will buy them happiness. It won’t. Happiness is an internal affair—money is only icing on the cake. This book, Release Your Obsession With MONEY, examines the psychology of money, along with the power of embracing a frugal lifestyle.

Why a book on money when my background is psychology? Because I’m a teacher at heart, and sharing what I’ve learned and passing it on to you is my most cherished gift. The great Dr. Bernie Siegel wrote, “I know now that we teach what we need to learn.” I heard this message over and over as well from others who had walked before me in the helping industry. And so, now I’m teaching about releasing the obsession with money, something I once powered my way through.

Why Another Obsession Book?

             Money Does Not Equal Happiness!

I wrote my first three books on obsession with food, mind chatter, and cheat days respectively. I thought I’d covered what I needed to say, but, once again, my work had only just begun. Day in and day out, I watched patients chasing youth and money and who were obsessed with their phones. It was then I crafted the next chunk of my advice on obsessions with Release Your Obsession With Aging: Heal from the Inside Out, which led to Release Your Obsession with MONEY, this very book just now released, to the next book on my agenda, Release Your Obsession with Your Phone. Obsessions have a way of jumping from one grip to another, yet all connecting.

I discovered a vast number of patients with eating disorders, if not all, had body image challenges lurking in the background. And with body image often come weight obsessions and body-part obsessions—and eventually with age obsession, trailing close behind. And somewhere weaving through all of this was the idea that money could fix everything. Which it doesn’t. Sure, we all need money to make ends meet, but is money going to buy you happy? I think not.

My goal here is to lead you to a healthy relationship with yourself, the richest commodity you could ever own. And webbed in and out are the other obsessions from the first four books, touching on weight and eating disorders as I thread through fear of aging, and now money obsessions, and then that darn phone grip.

The Road to Money Confidence

By the time you finish Release Your Obsession with MONEY, you’ll feel confident regarding what is right and what is not right for you. I promise.

I’ve helped patients and readers alike with weight issues, body image, diet obsessions, food addiction, and fear of aging, and now I’d like to help you live free from an obsession with money, always with the emphasis on healing from the inside out.

I recall all those years back worrying how I would pay my avalanche of debt, only accumulating more and more debt with each student loan, car loan, credit card build-up that was continuously growing. And funny, as broke as I was, I wasn’t thinking about how I’d pay off this debt. I thought borrowing was a way of life for me—for now. I believed I’d find my way out of debt…

Today, I’m living debt free and in recovery from food addiction and binge eating disorder. The road was a long one, but the journey was certainly worth the while. And your journey will be worth the while too.

So, your money doesn’t define you. Your social status does not define you, either. Nor does your body define you. Your business doesn’t define you. No—only your authentic you defines you.

Release Your Obsession With MONEY: Heal from the Inside Out is for anyone trying to end the obsession with money worshipping. The goal is to end the pursuit after every get-rich scheme out there and lead you to heal from the inside out as I practice with the first four books.

All my books revolve around obsessions and all circle back to body image or weight images of some sort—that sense of not being good enough. One obsession often morphs into another. I see patients that came to me for gambling addictions, but then as we looked closer we found weight obsessions and money obsessions, along with aging obsessions and other compulsions or rituals taking up residence in their head and behaviors.

What is Your Obsession?

I found one obsession is just an opening to another obsession, which is why we need to release our obsessions, which is the major theme of every single book I write and every single blog I post.

What is your obsession? We all obsess over something. Do you worry about money? What about aging? Maybe you’re a germaphobe, and squeamish about catching something. Of course, with the coronavirus, fears of getting sick popped up for many. Please share your obsession—you are in good company.

Thank you for spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my next book with you on how to release your obsession with money.  God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum of this blog. If you have something you’d like to say, I’d love to hear it. YOU are important and your words need to be heard. I’m here for you.

To learn more on recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging, and now money, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

Stay tuned…you never know where my mind will wander…

 
Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa
 

And now my newest release:

Release Your Obsession with MONEY: Heal from the Inside Out

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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About the Author Lisa Ortigara Crego

Speaker, writer, licensed clinical psychotherapist, PhD in addiction psychology, eating disorder professional, hypnotherapist changing the view about compulsive eating one addict at a time.

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