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This week, we wrote about what the difference is between disagreement and conflict. In researching the subject, we’ve found that different writers assign different meanings to the terms disagreement, conflict, argument and fighting. Nevertheless, they are making very similar points.
Disagreements Are Not Conflicts “While lots of couples, and the people who advise them, use disagreement and conflict interchangeably; I believe doing so ignores important differences between these two types of interactions.
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How to Understand that Disagreement Need Not be Conflict

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Plenty of relationship advice says that conflict in a relationship is inevitable and healthy. We disagree on both counts.
It may just be a matter of semantics. If it amounts to a statement that people shouldn’t suppress their feelings, we have no quarrel with that.
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This week we wrote from our direct experience about practicing peace and love in a relationship. Here are some articles from professionals (and a wonderful survey) that offer a variety of advice about improving your relationship.
1,500 People Give All The Relationship Advice You’ll Ever Need “This is what I asked: anyone who has been married for 10+ years, and is still happy in their relationship .
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Practicing Peace and Love in a Relationship

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PHIL: This relationship is unlike any other I have been in. It was obvious within a year, and nothing has changed. We’re not the only couple with a peaceful relationship, but it is so powerful that we feel that we are driven to describe it.
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In our blog this week, we wrote about two important ways you can strengthen your relationship — breathing and presence. We’ve found some great articles on these topics.
Conscious Breathing: A Simple Way to Work Through Emotional Pain and Be Present in Your Life “I never gave much thought to my breath unless I was submerged under water for long periods without any.
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2 Important Ways You Can Strengthen Your Relationship

Neon sign Breathe

PHIL: It was New Year’s Eve when Maude mentioned the idea of a short phrase to carry throughout the year. Instantly, the word BREATHE appeared before me, almost as if lit by light-bulbs like an old roadside sign.
I think I know why it came to me.
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Happy New Year and Happy New Decade! This week we wrote about how to plan for the future and be in the present. Here is some advice from others on that subject.
How to Juggle Planning for the Future vs. Enjoying the Present “For those of us living “typical” modern lives, planning for the future and enjoying the present seem to be eternally in conflict with one another.
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How to Plan for the Future and Be in the Present

Be Here Now book cover

Two events stand out this week. The new year is a time to declare our intentions for the following 12 months, and it’s also a new decade and an invitation to look further ahead, both personally and as a society.
The other event of this week is that Ram Dass, the author of the groundbreaking book “Be Here Now,” passed away.
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In this week’s blog and the season of desire for peace on earth, we wrote about how to spread peace through your relationship. Here are some words of wisdom about this very important subject.
A Human Approach to World Peace “The premise behind this idea of universal responsibility is the simple fact that, in general terms, all others’ desires are the same as mine.
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How to Spread Peace Through Your Relationship

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Here we are in a season where women and men all over the world are celebrating, each in their respective ways, the desire for unity, peace, joy and love to spread and be manifest on our world between all peoples.
Simultaneously, we are living in a tumultuous and divisive time where many are suffering, sides are being rigidly defined, and people seem to be at a loss as to how to find their way to each other again.
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