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The Woman's Comfort Book:A Self Nurturing Guide for  Restoring Balance in Your Life"
By: Jennifer Louden
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Stand Up For Your Life:
Develop the Courage, Confidence and
Character to Fulfill Your Greatest Potential"

by Cheryl Richardson
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"Take Time For Your Life" by Cheryl Richardson

Videos

"Taking Charge of
Your Life"

"Cheryl Richardson

"The Spiritual Laws of Yoga"
Deepak Chopra, M.D.


"Sensuous Meditation"
Camille Maureen &
Lorin Roche


"Yoga for Everyday Use"
Diana Lang

"Just Breathe!"
Diana Lang

"Simply Relaxing"
Fred Miller


"A Day of Rest"
Wayne Muller

"Rituals That Feed
Your Soul"

Barbara Biziou

 

To Time Article

Create A Comfort List

Ideas for Creating
Extra Time


To Rest Article

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Finding Inner Peace


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The Time Is Life List
- Taking Care Of Your Self Series -

What is your belief about time? In truth, time is the raw material you sculpt into life. Do you believe that or do you feel that others dictate how you spend your time? Does time feel out of your control? It's time to redefine your time priorities. Here's what you need to begin to do to take back control of YOUR TIME.

The Time-Is-Life List

Get a piece of paper and make three categories across the top:


LIKE ....................DISLIKE .................AMBIVALENT ABOUT

Think of a typical week in your life. Under the proper category, list all the activities you did during this week. For example, you might write:

LIKE

DISLIKE

AMBIVALENT ABOUT

Making love

Cleaning the bathtub

Watching TV

Yoga class

Doing Homework

Making Dinner Every Night

Reading a good book

Paying the mortgage

Talking on the phone to mom


What to Do About the Items You Dislike:

Examine the activities you listed under Dislike.

Go down the list and ask yourself, "Must I do this? And if I must, how can I change this to make it more satisfying or agreeable?"
Realize it is impossible to get rid of all the disliked items on your list, but do eliminate or transform as many as you can. Be creative. 
Brainstorm about how to rid yourself of these activities.
Set a timer for ten minutes and list every idea you can think of. 
Try to keep your hand moving. Repeat items if you need to. 

Now take one action to eliminate or change a disliked activity.
  For example, you could get someone else to physically write the mortgage check; you could move; you could write the check while enjoying a massage or eating lobster in the nude; you could write an entire year of mortgage checks, address  and stamp the envelopes, and have your secretary or reliable friend mail them each month. . . . See? Some of the ideas are
 silly, some worth exploring.

But what about the activities you wrote under Ambivalent About?

These are probably your time devourers, simply because you are ambivalent about them, You might want to replace some of these with activities you like more. Read on to find out how.

Recognizing Your Peak Times as Times to Self-Nurture

Spend a few days checking in with yourself and determining when you are full of energy and when you're not. Learn to protect and build on these zips of energy. When you begin to feel energetic and creative, nurture that feeling! Strive to give yourself some uninterrupted, valuable time to do something YOU WANT to do. If the phone  rings, let the machine pick it up. Tell your kids and spouse you need an houror two alone. (Hey, I'm a parent too, and I know how hard this is!) It takes practice and it is not always possible to succeed. But the important idea here is to recognize that these bursts of energy are valuable times to give to yourself.

After You Freed Up Your Time, Now What?

Freeing the time and then making sure you use it for self-nurturing are two different challenges. There is a well-known rule that work expands to fill the time available. Once you make the time, you need to be sure you fill it with comforting things. This is especially true  when you are trying to replace Ambivalent activities with more nurturing ones.

Follow Up Activities

Create A Comfort and Pleasure List
Ways to Create Extra Time Around the House

 

Blessings and love,
Sheri
(Adapted From "The Woman’s Comfort Book A Self Nurturing Guide for  Restoring Balance in Your Life " by Jennifer Louden) MORE INFO / PURCHASE

 
 

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