Month: November 2019

Phil and Maude’s Friday Feature: Andy Samarasena

We’re excited to share with you today about the photographer with whom we recently worked: Andy Samarasena. We saw a photo he shot of a couple we know, Pato Banton and Antoinette Rootsdawtah. It took our breath away, and we were lucky enough to be able to work with him on promotion shots of us.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog we discussed our unique perspective on Mutuality. Here are some articles presenting different but interesting perspectives.
Joanne Davila: Skills for Healthy Romantic Relationships This is a transcript of a TEDx talk. “Mutuality is about knowing that both people have needs and that both sets of needs matter.
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Why Mutuality is Important in a Successful Relationship

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The direct experience of mutuality is a critical aspect of a peaceful and conflict-free relationship. It is the sense of being in the relationship, rather than just being our individual selves. In fact, “rather than” is the wrong connector here; it’s really “at the same time as.”
Yet, many people do not recognize or acknowledge this aspect of their relationship.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

In this week’s blog, we stated that you do not always have to struggle in your relationship. Open your minds and your hearts to another way and transform it into one full of calm, peace and joy. You can create a life without hardship and difficulty.
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How to Avoid Struggle in Your Relationship

Heart-shaped cactus

Last year we went to a talk by Anne Lamott. The venue holds a couple of thousand people and the place was filled to the rafters. Anne gave a wonderful talk filled with personal revelations, sharing of her journey and lots of great humor, often pointed at herself.
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Successful Relationships Reading Corner

This week, we wrote about transforming your relationship, a theme we also taught in our workshop. Here are some authors sharing their thoughts on various aspects of transformation.
Can One Person Transform a Relationship? “It sounds impossible, right? After all, it takes two to tango.
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How to Transform Your Relationship and Make it Conflict-free

Phil and Maude presentation

Last week we gave a workshop on transforming your relationship. Our work involves creating and re-framing relationships as peaceful conflict-free ones. In order to do that a change in perception is critical – a change in how you see relationships. What is the nature of that transformation?
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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

Two cats in chair

We’ve been unable to write a new blog this week as we were busy finalizing yesterday’s workshop, so we’re reposting a popular blog from past years.
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.
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