Written by Susie Cortright

"If we worry too much about ourselves, we won't have time for others." Mother Theresa

This isrepparttar time of year when winter seems to stretch on and on. It'srepparttar 101984 time of year when we're all feeling a little isolated, a little stir crazy, and--if your emails are any indication--a little desperate.

This isrepparttar 101985 time of year when those of us who feel relatively fulfilled duringrepparttar 101986 rest ofrepparttar 101987 year, suddenly come up empty. We find a bare place inside, like an open door that allows a whisper to come sneaking through. "Is this all there is?" it wants to know.

The question is haunting. Butrepparttar 101988 answer is simple. The biggest trick is to remember it when we need it.

TURN IT OUT I should put a sticky note on my forehead just for times when I start asking myself those tired questions: Am I happy? How happy am I? Am I miserable? How miserable am I? Am I tired? Am I sad?

That sticky note would have one simple directive: To think about someone other than myself.

The instant I start feeling tired and sad, it's my cue to do something completely new. To take all that energy that I've been turning in on myself and turn it out intorepparttar 101989 world.

IT CAN MAKE YOU SICK "My needs. My wants. My suffering. It's enough to make you sick. In fact, it does make you sick," Gregg Krech writes in his online article "When it comes to Attention: 'I' Amrepparttar 101990 Enemy." Krech cites scientific studies that attribute depression, anxiety, and alcohol abuse on self-focused attention.

"We find our calling, our bliss, our purposes, by giving up on ourselves," Krech writes. "Our surrender becomes our salvation."

And he certainly wasn'trepparttar 101991 first to say it. Some of us base our religious faith on that very concept.

It's something we all know, deep down. If you had to namerepparttar 101992 times when you've feltrepparttar 101993 most alive in this world, what would you say? For me, each of these times share only one thing in common. They have absolutely nothing to do with me. Late at night, wiping tears from someone else's face. Holding someone else's shaky hand. Head bowed, deep in prayer for someone else's town.

Taking time out!

Written by Lisa van den Berg

Recently all I've heard around me, isrepparttar importance of Balance!

I must admit that I am a 'driven' person. I drive myself to succeed and have to force myself to take a break.

I have, however, learntrepparttar 101983 importance of adding balance to one's life.

The toll that is taken on not only your physical but emotional and spiritual well-being, is not good. It isrepparttar 101984 one thing that 'forced' me to re-consider. The fact that my business was suffering because I wasn't holding it together, wasrepparttar 101985 catalyst for change.

I took a class in Primordial Sound Meditation and learnt to consciously relax for 20 minutes twice a day. I took time to read books and rediscoveredrepparttar 101986 absolute wealth of information a book holds. I took weekends off and just chilled, took time to walk every morning and marvel atrepparttar 101987 wonders of Nature and learnt to 'belly-laugh' again.

Being with Nature has always been a wonderful way to fix your woes. Taking a walk inrepparttar 101988 fresh morning air, or just asrepparttar 101989 sun is getting ready to go to sleep. Wondering atrepparttar 101990 beauty of a newly spun spiders web, closing your eyes and listening torepparttar 101991 chorus of birdsong asrepparttar 101992 community prepares for another day. Watchingrepparttar 101993 clouds as they scamper acrossrepparttar 101994 sky. The multitude of shapes they form andrepparttar 101995 array of beautiful colors portrayed as repparttar 101996 sun sets behind them.

I have never much fancied fishing, butrepparttar 101997 other day I heard a description of a fisherman's desires and he said it was just wonderful to sit quietly in Nature, for a couple of hours and come back refreshed and renewed. (I think I may take up fishing now)

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