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"This one book can make a big difference in your life. It's filled with the kind of spiritual and practical wisdom that can bring peace to your inner and outer worlds."

Tian Dayton, author, therapist

Do you feel like something is missing in your life?

Do you feel like you're always playing "catch up?"

Do you feel stressed out a lot of the time?

If so, there is a way to make your hectic life a happy one and to feel fulfilled instead of frazzled at the end of the day. Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse, who sparked a movement with her book Learning to Love Yourself, sheds new light on the all-important issue of balance in this breakthrough book.

Rather than tout outward solutions like multitasking or investing in a Daytimer, she helps flip the focus where it needs to be--inward. She explains that every one of us possesses 6 innate powers, that when neglected, will result in a lack of clarity (Where did I put my keys?); a lack of passion (Not tonight, I'm too tired); and a feeling of being overwhelmed (There's no way I can get that report done by five).

Using enlightening self-assessment questions, practical exercises and journaling pages, she shows readers how to harness each power to make true life changes in just 8 weeks.

It's entirely possible to live the life you want. You can have less stress and more passion; less frustration and more fulfillment --this book will show you how.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780757303265
  • Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Bryan is a cofounder of The Artist's Way and author of The Artist's Way at Work and The Prodigal Father.
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Choosing Our Closest Friends

It's easy to see we need to be mindful of our relationships. Each of us only has twenty-four hours to work with every day. We have to subtract time for sleeping, personal hygiene, eating and work, exercise and prayer and meditation right off the top. Then we deduct auto care, commuting and appointments, paperwork and shopping. Then we have to allocate time to relationships, starting with our inner circle and working out to the other levels of friendship.

Making time for our relationships requires considerable focus and energy. When we see how little time we actually have, it's clear that we cannot spend even a few minutes on toxic relationships. They are the relationships with family members or friends that drain us of good feeling or energy. We simply do not have the time or extra energy to devote to relationships that are unmanageable, unsatisfying and unrewarding, and we often double our problems by choosing friends with similar problems.

As our lives change, and we change, we can add or subtract from our families of choice as circumstances dictate. Sometimes people move away, they lose interest in us or we lose interest in them. Sometimes people die. Sometimes interests change, and what we have in common with others changes. The family of choice relationship chart helps us to take stock, evaluate and clean house.

Some say that this is a cold and calculating way to look at relationships. My belief is that the relationships I want to invest in are so important to me that I need to save my energy for them. It's not important to be popular. It is important to experience intimacy and fulfillment in chosen relationships.

We need to seek out people with whom we can be honest and expect honesty in return. They need to be easy to be around. They need to understand that when we are sometimes inconsistent, negligent and busy that we still care. We need to give them that same understanding. We can be quiet with a true friend. It is enough to be together. Sometimes there will be hysterical laughter. With true friends, giving and taking comes naturally and without pressure.

Trust, Sharing and Intimacy

All happy, intimate relationships contain the following elements: trust, respect, encouragement, forgiveness, sharing of feelings, fun, sex and a spiritual quest. It is only in romance novels that great relationships happen spontaneously. A great relationship really happens as two people come to know and trust each other fully and make the choices that allow intimacy to flourish.

The cornerstone of intimacy is shared feelings, and one of the most important elements in sharing is trust. Trust builds slowly in a relationship and depends on honesty. It's like storing up an energy reserve on which the couple will draw when they face the challenges that come in every relationship. The more they trust, the more intimacy they will have.

When trust is violated, it takes a long time to rebuild. Trust can only be rebuilt with continued actions that demonstrate that trust has been reestablished. It's not enough just to plug a line back into the socket to renew the flow of energy between two partners. Instead, the whole energy infrastructure of the relationship has to be rebuilt, from power plant to wall outlet, and tested repeatedly for reliability.

©2004. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Learning to Balance Your Life: 6 Powers to Restore Your Energy and Spirit Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse. No part of this publication may be reproduced,
stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.,
3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xv
Preface xvii
How to Use This Book: Action Tools xx
1 The Power of Balance 1
I'm Entitled to Have It All (and So Are You) 2
Life Out of Balance: The Too-Many Syndrome 4
Restoring Balance 5
Our Six Personal Powers 8
The Power Wheel 10
Power-less and Power-full People 11
Resisters 14
Avoiders 15
Embracers 15
Waking Up to Life's Richness 16
Spirit People 18
2 Will Power 21
Power to Choose 22
Will Power: Signs of a Power Outage 22
Doing Our Best 23
Choose to Make It Happen: Start Now 24
No Wasted Decisions 24
Time Robs Us of Choice 25
The Overorganizer 25
The People Pleaser 26
The Rule of Five 27
Controlling Communications 27
Simplify (Good, Better and Best) 28
Feeling Stuck and Getting Free 29
Value Chart 30
Problem Chart 32
Finding One's Way 34
Helpful Reading 35
Will Power Generators: Homework 36
Will Power Journal 38
3 Spiritual Power 57
Recovery of the Soul 58
Spiritual Power: Signs of a Power Outage 59
Hole in the Soul 59
Knowing Who We Are 62
Spiritually Hungry Vagabonds 64
Altered State Junkies 65
Soul Mates 65
Excess Baggage: Who Needs It? 66
Angels: Have One or Be One 67
Prophets and Modern-Day Messengers 68
Meditation and Prayer: Energy Sources 69
Helpful Reading 71
Spiritual Power Generators: Homework 72
Spiritual Power Journal 74
4 Emotional Power 83
The Walking Dead 84
Fear of Feeling 84
Emotional Power: Signs of a Power Outage 85
Feeling Versus Intellect 86
Relationship Complications 86
A Kaleidoscope of Emotions 88
Toxic People and Situations 89
Recapturing Feelings: Starting the Process 90
Feelings and Health 91
Helpful Reading 92
Emotional Power Generators: Homework 93
Emotional Power Journal 95
5 Social Power 111
Finding One's Way Through a Social Network 112
Social Power: Signs of a Power Outage 113
The Inner Circle 114
Golden Friends 114
Silver Friends 115
Acquaintances 115
Possibilities 115
Relationship Chart: Your Family of Choice 116
Choosing Our Closest Friends 117
Finding that One Special Person 118
Trust, Sharing and Intimacy 120
Spiritual Divorce 121
Affairs 122
Reenergizing a Relationship 123
Helpful Reading 125
Social Power Generators: Homework 126
Social Power Journal 128
6 Physical Power 145
Communicating with Our Bodies 146
Body Types 146
Physical Power: Signs of a Power Outage 147
Life Can Be Hard on a Body 148
Energy Sources, Exercise and Looking Good 149
Sensual Power Surges 150
Sexual Power Surges 152
Emotional Intercourse 152
Physical Intercourse 153
Mechanical Sex 153
Sexual Basics and Barriers 154
Helpful Reading 156
Helpful Resources 156
Physical Power Generators: Homework 157
Physical Power Journal 159
7 Mental Power 173
Brainpower 174
Mental Mastery Never Ceases 174
Mental Power: Signs of a Power Outage 175
The Historian 176
The Dreamer 177
The Realist 178
Integration of the Historian, Dreamer and Realist 179
Helpful Reading 180
Mental Power Generators: Homework 181
Mental Power Journal 185
Afterword: Spirit Awakened 209
Choicemaking 210
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