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What Do You Reap When You Take a Leap?

Recently we went to a talk by Anne Lamott. The venue holds a couple of thousand 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. Her talk reminded us of a similar one with Elizabeth Gilbert when she appeared in Santa Barbara while her book “Eat Pray Love” was skyrocketing. Writers like these are able to reach deep within themselves for understanding and also turn that into words that resonate with people.

Their revelations started us wondering about the strength of their attraction.

We write our blogs and books from our direct experience of relationship, and struggling and suffering have not been our path. This could be seen as a handicap because we didn’t start in turmoil and then hike through many brambles before arriving at our present state of happiness. Unlike books, films and the authors above, we do not have an arduous story to tell. Instead of describing all the towns we traveled through, we can only offer the city in which we live.

That is not to say that other people’s travails are not real; what we share is another way.

Click here to read about another way, or click here for Phil to read it.

Our Reading at Mosto Crudo

Last Tuesday we had the great pleasure of reading from our book How Two: Have a Successful Relationship followed by a Q & A session which generated a lively exchange of personal sharing about relationships. We loved that it included participation from a wide range of ages.

The response was very gratifying and confirmed for us how much people have a need to hear this information. It inspired us to look for more opportunities to share our experience and the tools to support people in their quest for improving all their relationships.

If you have any suggestions for venues, please let us know at philandmaude@philandmaude.com

Successful Relationship Reading Corner

BookshelfIn this week's blog, we asked what do you reap when you take a leap in your relationship? Here are several different ways of looking at that question.

Conscious Relationships: A Path for Growth and Personal Transformation "A conscious relationship comprises a path for growth and personal transformation that is seen by some as a spiritual calling. The partners in a conscious relationship are committed to the radical practice of love. They are not trying to extract love, approval or security from their partner, but instead seek to behave lovingly toward each other. In conscious relationships, each partner is committed to their own growth and to the growth of their partner over and above maintaining the relationship, per se."

Use Positive Psychology to Transform Your Relationship in Four Steps "Everlasting love can be more than just something you see in Disney movies - if you master four habits from the field of positive psychology. That’s according to a husband and wife team who’ve spent the last decade researching positive psychology and working on a book trying to distil the secrets to relationship success into bite-size rules. “Promoting a healthy (rather than an obsessive) passion, cultivating and prioritising positive emotions, taking time to mindfully savour experiences together, and seeking out strengths in one another.”"

To love is to nurture: The secret to real relationship transformation "Stop saying ‘I love you.’ And start saying, ‘I will nurture you.’ Shocking right? Yet when you give this one a try; the results will speak for themselves. From the first session I invite couples to lay down the word ‘love’ and instead use the word ‘nurture’. When we say we want someone to love us, we actually mean we want someone to nurture us."

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