Category: Presence

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In this week’s blog, we wrote about the dance of grief and joy we are all experiencing. It is important to be in touch with our feelings and to be present with them. This doesn’t mean we should wallow in our losses, but rather acknowledge the sadness and grief, while at the same time feeling the joy and beauty around us.
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The Dance of Grief and Joy

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MAUDE: On a zoom call yesterday, a woman shared her feelings of grief. I realized it is an aspect of coping with this time in all our lives, that we haven’t yet blogged about. She was experiencing the loss of a loved one and shared with us how she was coping with this by being present with all her feelings including her grief.
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In this week’s blog, we wrote about how our connections with community have changed as a result of the stay-at-home orders. We found some interesting articles around this subject.
Helping Others Can Help You Cope with Lockdown “Our first instinct may be to hunker down and protect ourselves and our immediate families.
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Community in the Year of the Virus

Social Distancing Group

For us, connections with others are an important part of our lives, and we’ve been made freshly aware of that because the stay-at-home regime has stopped us from meeting face-to-face with people. No more walks, meals or movies with friends. No more meetings of our writing group.
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In this week’s blog, we looked at the stresses of living together during this time, and talked to a number of people about this. These articles cover various ways to deal with the situation.
Can Your Relationship Survive the Togetherness of a Pandemic?
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Living Together in the Year of the Virus

Couple cavorting

It is gradually sinking in for all of us that this is going to be a far longer disruption of normal life than originally thought. We have lived through the first wave of changes: hand-washing, shopping lines, shortages, masks, avoiding crowds, no touching even friends.
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In this week’s blog, we wrote about how to stay balanced in your life and relationships. These articles provide helpful suggestions and interesting research on the benefits of mindfulness.
7 Strategies to Face Life’s Challenges “In our personal lives, and on a global scale, we face challenges that test our emotional mettle — injury, illness, unemployment, grief, divorce, death, or even a new venture with an unknown future.
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How to Stay Balanced in Your Life and Relationships

Kite in storm

A number of events have conspired to upset our daily rhythms. Maude has been spending nights away taking care of the grandchildren for a couple of weeks. We are both dealing with health issues right now; nothing chronic, but enough to upset the regular flow of life.
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This Valentine’s week, we suggested in our blog that you should celebrate every day of your relationship. Check out these authors for some ideas on how to do this.
Pay Attention. Is This The Simplest Relationship Key? “We all know how wonderful it feels to have someone else’s undivided attention.
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Celebrate Every Day of Your Relationship

Two women hiking

Valentine’s Day is at the end of this week and we have been reflecting on what we would like to share about this day that’s dedicated to love and the celebration of relationships. I love celebrating any and everything, and am a person who considers birthdays as lasting a week long, full of celebrating the birth of beloveds (And myself, for that matter!)
It is lovely to take time out for a day and let your partner know of your love and your caring and to generally turn attention to your partner.
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