Author: Phil and Maude

How to Transform Your Relationship and Make it Conflict-free

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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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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

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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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This week, we discuss why you need to avoid keeping score in your relationship. This, unfortunately, is a very common behavior in many relationships. Here are some articles to help you avoid acting in this way.
Stop Keeping Score “Who does the most work in the office?
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Why You Need to Avoid Keeping Score in Your Relationship

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MAUDE: In last week’s blog we discussed differences and how they can be strengths rather than problems in a relationship. In further exploring that topic together, we looked at the style of relating where making lists and keeping score is a common part of the relationship, or one partner’s interactions.
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This week, we wrote about how to make the differences in your relationship be assets. This is something that we experience all the time in our relationship, and we think it is a key factor to having a peaceful relationship. Here are some articles offering help on how to achieve this.
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We wrote this week about how to have challenging conversations with your partner and shared some of our own challenges. Here are some other interesting comments on this topic.
We Have to Talk: A Step-By-Step Checklist for Difficult Conversations “Think of a conversation you’ve been putting off.
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How to Have Challenging Conversations With Your Partner

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MAUDE: Last week we wrote about how important it is to check in regularly with each other. On one of our recent check-ins, I shared with Phil that I was becoming deeply distressed about an area of importance to me that I felt we were not attending to.
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This week, we wrote about our anniversary trip where, as is our custom, we reviewed our year and talked about what we wanted for ourselves and for the relationship moving forward. This is not just an annual event; we connect on a daily basis (our Sacred Space.)
Checking in with each other is important to incorporate into a relationship on an ongoing basis.
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Why Checking In Is So Important For Your Relationship

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We would like to share with you what’s happening in our relationship and how that can be applied by you so as to have a more conflict-free, peaceful relationship.
We’re back from our anniversary trip, and as is our custom, we reviewed our year and talked about what we wanted for ourselves and for the relationship moving forward.
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