Month: January 2017

Why You Need Time Apart in Your Relationship

I hold this to be the highest task for a bond between two people: that each protects the solitude of the other. Rainer Maria Rilke
In a recent blog we discussed sacred space and how important it is to create time on a regular basis for you and your partner to be together.
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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Tina Tessina and Riley Smith

Maude and I know from our direct experience that relationships without conflict are possible. This is an uncommon position to take, and many people are doubtful, so it is a pleasure to find similar writings.
I came across “How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free” by Tina Tessina and Riley Smith in our local library, and was delighted to find a sympathetic view.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog we wrote about commitment. This week’s links discuss various aspects of this topic.
Committed Relationship – What Does That Really Mean? “Commitment also requires that each partner choose it themselves. I don’t believe anyone can force you to commit to something.
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To Commit or Not to Commit; That Is the Question

We’ve written a number of blogs on core values and how important it is to be sure that these match for both of you. In the beginning, you need to take enough time to be sure that a prospective partner’s actions truly reflect their words and to decide whether to stay in or get out based on what you feel and what you experience.
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In this week’s blog we wrote about sacred space, the time spent focused on each other. This week’s links are about that.
The Policy of Undivided Attention “Before you were married, spending time alone with each other was your highest priority.
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Why Sacred Space in a Relationship is Important

One practice that is a major part of how we are together is what we call sacred space – the time when we are together for the purpose of being together. Although every couple has a different way of approaching this, all joyous and nourishing ones have this as an integral and regular part.
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In this week’s blog we wrote about whether differences are a strength or a weakness in a relationship, and concluded that, except for major differences, they are a positive. This week’s links write about that, including one that is about the benefits of diversity in groups.
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Differences – Strength or Weakness in a Relationship?

Differences are often seen as creating problems and conflict. Three main areas are:

how things are done
styles of socializing
passions

How Things are Done
From the toilet seat and toothpaste to finances and child-rearing, what our partner does affects us.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog we wrote about growth and change in the new year. These articles offer resolutions for the new year and observations on personal growth.
New Year’s Resolution for Your Relationship: More Kissing “What’s a fast way to stay more connected with your partner in the new year?
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Growth and Change in the New Year

Here we are at the end of a very intense and historic year and at the start of a brand new one. Many of us will spend time reflecting on what type of growth and changes we want to implement in the year to come.
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