All The Best Lovers Are Gracious Receivers

Linda: In the following story, you can see that being aware of howwe give and receive can make a huge difference. For an exchange to work, the receiver has to consciously make room to receive what is needed, welcome fully what is actually available in the present, and feel the gratitude that appears when one receives deeply. This way of consciously receiving inspires the giver to gather, offer, aim, and release to the other the fullness of...


Humble Beginnings Can Give Birth to Great Achievements

Linda: Larry and Barbara didn’t begin their careers in medicine with a desire to become world-renowned experts in alternative forms of healing. It was their efforts to heal some of their own personal health issues that forced them to go beyond the limits of conventional medicine in their beliefs, practices, and teaching. Although they encountered a number of challenging circumstances professionally and personally, marital difficulty was not one of them. They were able to use the...


Marriage Does Require Some Sacrifice

For those of us who are “commitment-phobic,” we may fear that the costs of marriage will outweigh its rewards.

Often, this fear doesn’t stop us from getting married, but may stop us from giving ourselves fully to our relationship. There is a tendency to put our own needs (or what we think are our needs) before our partner’s, in an attempt to compensate for losing our freedom. Not surprisingly, this strategy doesn’t work.

Such a struggle to maintain...


The Meaning of Life

“People say that we’re searching for the meaning of life. I don’t think that’s it at all. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances...


Fall Down; Get Up; Fall Down; Get Up

LindaMorihei Ueshiba is the originator of Aikido. He was a gifted marital artist and a great spiritual teacher. Mitsugi Saotome Shihan was a student of Ueshiba for fifteen years in Japan, and then went on to become an accomplished Akido master himself. Shiban recounts a profound teaching story about addressing Ueshiba saying, “Your techniques are perfect! You never make any mistakes. You never lose your center!” To which his wise, accomplished teacher replied, “I lose my...


Honoring Our Partner

Linda: What does it mean to honor our partner? According to , the verb to honor is: to hold with high respect, to confer distinction upon, and to show courteous regard for. Those couples with great relationships are honoring each other on a daily basis...

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