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Food and Money: Major Gardens of Life with Bari Tessler

Food is considered by some – and for some – to be a “keystone habit.” Coined by Charles Duhigg, a keystone habit is a habit that leads to the development of other good habits. Getting 8 hours of sleep per night, for instance, is a keystone habit.

For many, organizing our food (and, I would add, solving for addictive behaviors around food) is also a keystone habit.

When we begin to clean up our food, we may notice ourselves waking up to other parts of our life that we feel ready to clean up. One of the biggies that can come up here is, you guessed it – Money.

Bari Tessler is a pioneer of her unique style of money work, which brings her background in somatic psychology (body psychology) into the financial picture by leading her students to do their emotional money work first, before they dive in to organizing the numbers.

Concepts like forgiveness, completions, ritual, and money stories play a big part in Bari’s approach to money work. In my opinion, her integrative approach is what makes her courses, podcasts, blogs, and other offerings, so effective.

In this episode, I interview Bari about:

  • Her own history and relationship with food
  • Parallels between food work and money work
  • Her favorite, astonishingly simple tool for greater money awareness
  • What are money practices? And how are they an act of self-care?
  • Moving from secrecy to transparency in our money lives
  • The first two steps for moving from disempowerment to empowerment around money

Bari’s gentle and effective approach is perfect for anyone who ever feels overwhelmed by the vast subject of money.

Here’s her official bio: 

Bari Tessler Linden, M.A., is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach, Mama-preneur, and the Founder of The Art of Money. She has guided thousands of people to new, empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money through her nurturing, body-centered approach.

Her work has been featured on,, and the Huffington Post and in US News & World Report, Reuters Money, The Fiscal Times, USA Today, The Cut, Girlboss, Nerd Wallet, The Simple Dollar, REDBOOK Magazine and Experience Life Magazine.

Bari earned a Masters in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University and worked in body-centered therapy for over a decade before unexpectedly falling in love with bookkeeping systems and money work. Her unique methodology integrates these two worlds into deep money healing that honors all the facets of our money relationships: body to spirit, lineage to career, smart practices to deep visioning, and much more.

Bari is currently leading a global conscious money movement via her year-long program, The Art of Money, which weaves together personal, couple and entrepreneurial money teachings. Bari is also the author of The Art of Money: A Life-Changing Guide to Financial Happiness, published by Parallax Press.

To learn more about Bari:

…And enjoy her Pocket Map for Your Money Road Trip: A 7 day journey into The Art of Money Method, visit:

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