Month: December 2017

How to Laugh and Rejoice in Difficult Times

Phil: The end of this year leaves both of us feeling unsettled by the social divisiveness that extends right down to the question of what is true. Society only exists through shared agreements, and their absence creates a backdrop of tension that rumbles persistently like an approaching storm.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote that gratefulness expands your relationship and your world. These articles have some interesting research results about gratitude.
Is Gratitude the Antidote to Relationship Failure? “I had one goal when I started graduate school five years ago – to understand why some romantic relationships thrive while others fail.
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Gratefulness Expands Your Relationship and Your World

It was really easy to find this week’s blog topic: being grateful. We are so grateful for the fires to be contained and that almost all of us survived! We are so grateful for our blessed relationship and the peace and grace we experience.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about balancing togetherness and individuality in a relationship. These articles echo our position, and have some interesting stories.
The Importance of Thinking Separately in Your Relationships ““We have to be on the same page.” “You’ll never 100 percent agree with me.” “We’ll never see eye to eye.” How many times have you heard things like that from the people you love?
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Balancing Togetherness and Individuality in a Relationship

One of the ways to describe our relationship is that we are in balance. That is, of course, a metaphor, as is nearly all of language. It works so well here because of its multiple meanings.
The first is of a seesaw, which is a cooperative venture, not a competitive game.
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Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Dorothie and Martin Hellman

We are excited to share with you today the work of Dorothie and Martin Hellman. The Hellmans transformed an almost failed marriage into one where they reclaimed the love that they felt when they first met fifty years ago. They are true peace workers and have used the techniques they developed to deal with their marriage to work toward planetary peace.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about maintaining presence in the face of adversity. Here are some articles on different aspects of presence.
Living in the Moment of Your Relationship “First off, forgive yourself for failing to live in the Now now and again (or often).
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How to Maintain Presence in the Face of Adversity

We thought we would share our individual writings this time instead of merging them.
MAUDE: This week it has felt like we are in the middle of hell! Fires are raging all around us (We are in Southern California.) Friends and family are losing homes, being displaced and living in danger.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we wrote about how to solve differences from a place of mutuality. Here are a number of articles on listening and being heard.
Listen Up: Why You Don’t Feel Heard in Your Relationship “Solid, healthy communication is essential in any relationship because it’s the pathway to intimacy.
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How to Solve Differences From a Place of Mutuality

This morning we were at our local breakfast nook working on blog topics. We each shared ideas about a possible topic, and some tensions arose unexpectedly. Maude wanted to continue last week’s theme of peace, and Phil wanted a different topic for variety.
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