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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In this week’s blog, we wrote about the actual experience of peace in relationships. Here are two articles and a video that shed light on this topic.
What Does Peace Mean? Peace means different things to different people and cultures. Columbian College faculty members from a cross section of disciplines were asked to define what peace means to them.
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The Power that Peace Brings to Your Relationship

We often write about the absence of conflict in our relationship. Recently we’ve been discussing with a few of our readers whether it’s true that we never have arguments, or whether a few slip in. They can’t imagine a relationship that doesn’t have any.
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In this week’s blog, we asked how commitment and presence affect your relationship. Here are two articles and a poem that we liked.
38 Ways To Really Show Up In Your Relationship “Do you show up in your relationships? Are you really, truly there for your partner, with full presence and commitment?
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How Do Commitment and Presence Affect Your Relationship?

When we sit down to write our blogs, we have two main principles we keep in mind. First is that we want to share our personal experience on how we live peacefully in our relationship. Second, is to convey how the reader can apply this information to their relationship.
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In this week’s blog, we suggested that you reframe your feelings and change your relationship. These articles cover the research, some excellent techniques, and a clear discussion of boundaries.
You’re Excited, Not Nervous. You Just Keep Telling Yourself That. “When you are nervous, people like to tell you to calm down, despite the fact that telling someone to calm down rarely, if ever, results in anyone actually calming down.
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