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10 Stories to Nurture your Most Important Relationships

During our last 10-day challenge, we explored the topic of nurturing our relationships. From self-love, to romantic relationships and from family to community – it’s so very import…

13 Choices We Must Make to Honor Love

The holidays—or as I like to call them, the holy-days—are upon us: a special season marked by traditions and time with loved ones. This is an especially beautiful time of year for …

14 Affirmations For When You’re Around Someone Negative

Consider these affirmations an emotional shield for when you’re around someone who is allergic to optimism.

20 Questions for a Spiritually Compatible Relationship

We received an email from Naini Duggal, who is launching a new matchmaking website for spiritually-minded singles called MatchMySpirit.com. We logged in and were intrigued by the q…

3 Techniques to Inspire Your Sex Life

Sex therapists and coaches share the innovative approaches they use to inspire greater intimacy

4 Tips to Practice Acceptance during the Holidays

Some years ago I went with my parents to India, a place they had visited several times before. My mom's sage words of advice as our plane approached New Delhi were, "Take in all th…

5 Essential Life Skills, Part 1: Remember Who You Are

This is part one of a series featuring the Five Essential Life Skills.Through the course of over 20 years of personal and spiritual growth study and my own personal work, I have id…

5 Questions for Shakti Gawain

1. What inspired you to write about relationships?My book is based on a workshop that I have led for many years, exploring how our relationships mirror our own consciousness. I bel…

5 Things That Opened Me Up to Passionate Love, Post 50

Love is NOT just for young people!If you’re looking for love later in life and thinking, “I want it, but it’s too late, so it’ll never happen,” read on.The advantage of age ov…

6 Secrets of Happy Relationships

Before the battles begin, we start out believing that being with this person will make us happy. Ironically, that’s the critical mistake…

6 Ways Even Shy People Can Bond With Neighbors

Here are six ways to reach out.

60 Affirmations to Support You Through Meaningful Life Changes

Studies show that affirmations contribute to our well-being in tangible ways. Dig in to a year’s worth of positive self-talk from Louise Hay, Caroline Myss, Eckhart Tolle, Shakti Gawain, Marianne Williamson, S&H readers, and more.

7 Antidotes to Feeling Stuck

Common ways that create a sense of being stuck and their antidote.  

A Grandparents Guide to “Cousins Camp”

In the busy world of kids, how do cousins, separated by age and distance, get to become lifelong friends? For grandparents Pat and Dennis Kaldor, the answer became Cousins Camp. Th…

A Little Appreciation Goes a Long Way!

I was petting one of my cats the other day and enjoying how much he was appreciating the attention. He was purring loudly, rubbing up against me, and making it very clear that he l…

A Perfect Day for Couples In Santa Fe

Whether it’s Adam and Eve, Adam and Adam, or Eve and Eve, neuroscience suggests that once we choose to create a life with another person, that person becomes the most significant o…

A Question of Love

In Alice in Wonderland, Alice asked the Cheshire Cat, “Which direction do I go from here?” He responded with another question, “It depends, where do you want to be?” Alice, thinkin…

A Simple Practice to Feel More Love In Your Life

Dear Eve,I’ve been in a few relationships, but I’m not sure if true love was ever part of the equation. I’m single now, and I’m feeling really isolated and alone. I just hate feeli…

A World Living Alone

The Australian Bureau of Statistics notes that the number of people living on their own could double within 25 years. In Great Britain, more people than ever are living alone, and …

Actually It’s Happiness that Loves Company

Not only do your happy feelings spread through your social network, your happiness can be increased by people you’ve never even met, reports a study from Harvard Medical School.Har…

Are You a Good Choice as a Partner?

My husband and I met while I was on Maui on vacation and spent the next five months on the phone, back in the pre-Internet days. While “dating” long distance between Maui and Calif…

Are You Spending Too Much Time Together?

Dear Eve,I just started to see someone new. Even though we’ve only been dating about a month, we see each other almost every day and talk on the phone all the time. I really want t…

Bad Boys: How come I can't live with 'em and I can't live without 'em?

Eve,Why do I constantly pick bad boys or men who are destined to hurt me eventually?? I’m not attracted to nice guys at all—the ones who might stick around and who I could probably…

Bad Yogi! Bad! On Yoga and Forgiveness

I often say that yoga makes you better at absolutely everything, except remembering where you put your car keys.A regular yoga practice boosts your immune system, regulates your ho…

Be the Partner You Wish to Have

In our quest for wholeness, we often try to make up for our internal emptiness by seeking completion in another. Many of us have taken this to an extreme, believing that fulfillmen…

Becoming Disabled Is a Path to Marital Bliss

For 12 years, Brigham Young University assistant professor Jeremy Yorgason, Ph.D., and his colleagues tracked 1,217 married couples, randomly selected from around the United States…

Bending the Golden Rule

Variations of the ancient protocol “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” have been shared and taught far and wide as the appropriate code of ethics for human behavior…

Big Life Decision? How to Determine What You Actually Want

So you think you know what you want: But are you sure? When I was much younger and pondering having children as a life’s path, my girlfriend who had children said, “You should…

Book Review: The Forever Letter

Writing What We Believe for Those We Love

Book Review: Undivided

UndividedA Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to PeaceBy Patricia Raybon and Alana RaybonTHOMAS NELSONA Muslim, a Christian, and a lapsed Catholic walk into a book r…

Can The Enneagram Personality Test Help Us Grow?

My own positive intention toward growth often means taking a good hard look at areas where I’m weak. And I like to think about those weaker areas as “places to strengthen over time…

Channel Your Inner Child: How to Live with More Joy, Passion, and Love

A few years ago I became an adopted grandma and had a five year old living in my house for awhile. I have to admit that seeing the world through the eyes of a five year old is an e…

Conscious Love: Online Dating for the Spiritually Minded

Writer Jane Ganahl dips her toes into the pool of "conscious singles" looking for love online.

Cultivating Contagious Gratitude

When I walk through my plant nursery, The Sacred Garden, right after we have watered, there is a tangible energy in the air. Everything feels different. When I stop to be observant…

Dating Online: Are You Just In Love With Love?

Dear Eve,I’m only fourteen years old, but I need some help. I have been talking to a girl (also fourteen) on the Internet for two months. We have traded pictures and know for sure …

Do your pets get more attention than your partner?: Love lessons from pets

If you’re like me, there are days when your “to do” list seems endless. This morning as I read through the list of things that absolutely had to get done today, one of my four cats…

Drug-Free, Device-Free, Effective Birth Control

Natural forms of birth control are often discounted because of the tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding that exists in both the medical community and in the gen…

Emotional Overwhelm? How to Hang In There

Dear Eve,I am so frustrated I feel like giving up. I am struggling in so many areas of my life. My relationship is sort of “so so,” nothing horrible, but nothing to write home abou…

Esther Perel: Rekindling Desire

Unlocking the mystery of sexuality, intimacy and desire in the 21st Century

Finding Joy in Simplicity

Let go of being weighed down by an overly complicated life.

Four Approaches to Desire

A clear answer—even the answer you want—is just a few words away

From Lust to Love: On the Virtues of Taking It Slow

Dear Eve,I’m trying to get a guy back. This is our "short" history (my mistakes are numbered): I ended a two-year, depressing relationship, and I was on the rebound, not ready for …

Gift of the Present: How Mindfulness Strengthens Relationships

This morning, I made a decision to eat mindfully. Then, halfway through my lunch, I suddenly realized that my conscious mind missed the first half of my sandwich. I was typing, unm…

Give the Best Present: The Gift of your Presence

Recently I met someone who reminded me about what really matters, someone who inspired a perspective that remade my world anew. And for that reason, I’m so glad I can say yes to th…

Giving Thanks for the Small Stuff (And Nothing is Small Stuff)

Having suffered several losses in my family over the years, I must admit that it has changed my view of gratitude. Before my mom and brother got sick and passed away, I might have …

Great Expectations with Gretchen Rubin

Rabbi Rami talks to happiness expert Gretchen Rubin.

Happily Ever After Starts at the Beginning

I have performed hundreds of weddings and have come to the conclusion (completely unverified) that you can tell a lot about the dynamics of the marriage by how the couple behaves w…

Healthy Choices

I love book titles. I suspect it is because I rarely make time to read a whole book, so when a book’s title or subtitle is a good reminder of the message within, all I have to do i…

How Does the Brain Process Forgiveness?

I recently attended a four-day mediation certification course. It was an eye-opening experience. In class, I studied the historic context of conflict resolution, learned mediator s…

How Mindfulness Can Help Us Forgive Betrayal

Is it possible to forgive infidelity and to overcome the emotional pain of betrayal?

How to Be Heard: The Yoga of Authority

I taught my first kid’s yoga class last week, at the school where my mom works. “Just around 30 kids, Julie,” she said. “Grade 7. They can’t wait to meet you. You’ll love it.” I ha…

How to Hear the Love Whisperer

A relationship is like a puppy. Everyone wants it when they see it, some of us actually take it home, but only a few can live happily with it. For some, the puppy runs away; for ot…

How to Let Go of Relationship Baggage

Most of us look back on our past relationships and see them as failures. We allow that belief to weigh us down, and it becomes the “baggage” we carry forward. We somehow think that…

How to Transform a Lack of Passion Into Greater Intimacy

How can a lack of passion in your partnership be a good thing? When you use this opportunity to grow into the next phase of your relationship: rediscovery.

How to Travel in (Better) Time with Your Mate

The story of how you met reveals the future of your relationship.

Hungry for More: What to Eat for Sexual Vitality

Rev up your sexual vitality with cinnamon and other surprising foods.

Is Your Heart Chakra Open to Love?

We are all psychic, and it is through the heart chakra that we can access this information. ~ Servet Hasan

Lacking Self-Love? Adopt These 7 Habits

As the chocolate buzz of Valentine’s Day fades, I find myself thinking about radical acts of self-love. Over the last week I’ve polled my friends, asking them for their take on the…

Learning to Love

Peggy La Cerra’s “Why Relationships Are So Difficult” ends with a challenge: “Perhaps it’s time for a new approach to the problem [of human selfishness and self-centeredness] — an …

Let It Go, Set Yourself Free

I remember the first time I went to a talk on “letting go” nearly thirty years ago. I could not comprehend what the speaker was talking about. I remember thinking I didn’t have any…

Letting Go of Solitude

Caretaking gives this writer an opportunity to enter a new kind of sacred space – not a place of solitude, but a place of wholeness and holiness.

Listening to Polyamory

As more relationships open, I wanted to learn if this can be a spiritual practice for growing love.

Love Hurts

Dear Eve,I am a full-time single mother of three children.  I have been divorced for five years now. Until now, I really haven’t met somebody that I could give my all to. …

Love, Withheld

Experiencing the heartache of being disowned, writer Ayesha Mattu reflects on the surprising elasticity of familial relationships.

Making the Most of Your Commute

When what matters is listening to practically nothing at all

Mindful Sex Part Two: Forget Goals

When the only goal of sex is pleasure through play for the sake of itself, we can surprise ourselves with how much is actually possible.

Mindfulness in Messaging

While I would love to tell you “all communication is good communication”, it simply isn’t true. 

My Best Friend’s Girl: Is the "Bro Code" scientific?

Could the “bro code” be part of our DNA? A new study has found that men’s testosterone levels drop during contact with the wives and girlfriends of their closest male pals.

My Year in White

A sociology professor records her experiences.

Navigating Relationships as a Spiritual Person

Labels are dangerous—we know this.We frequently live and die them by projecting our assumptions on to others, by writhing behind projections placed on us, by doing nothin…

Navigating the Labryinth of Love

The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth is a beautiful spiritual pathway originally built into the floor of the French cathedral 800 years ago. The pattern is now used worldwide. The laby…

One Couple's Search for Oneness

By Judith Blackstone, Ph.D. and Zoran Josipovic, Ph.D.As a couple, we have been attempting to create a shared understanding of the experience of the underlying oneness of God and c…

One Surprising Secret to a Successful Relationship

New research shows that humility is more of an aphrodisiac than you may think

Our Grand Journey of Self Exploration

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Our Tibetan Crystal Bowl Adventure

A woman embraces her mother’s desire to 'see more, hear more, feel more'

Plastic Surgery: Six things I learned about this emotionally loaded, spiritually conflicted choice

 My friend Wendy has always been the envy of our group of women friends. Willowy-tall, she has legs that go on forever, naturally blond hair, and a face like a model’s. Y…

Rabbi Rami: How Do I Afford to Make a Pilgrimage?

Q: I long to go on a pilgrimage, but lack the funds to do so. Any suggestions?A: My understanding of pilgrimage comes from Genesis 12:1–3, where we are called to walk (lech) t…

Rage and Relationships: How Anger Can Help Intimacy

When we can channel our anger into compassionate communication, it can help us cultivate a stronger sense of self along with even more intimate and satisfying relationships.

Relationship Resolutions 2012

Ah, the New Year. That wonderful time when we feel like we get to start fresh, renew, redesign, get a grip, set goals, and make New Year’s resolutions. Now is the time we gear up f…

Review: "The Intimate Life"

The Intimate Life: Awakening to the Spiritual Essence in Yourself and Others By Judith Blackstone, PhD (Sounds True) For many people, the word “spiritual” suggests something inta…

Sacred Space at Home

Create an “inner sanctum” where you can connect with your partner.

Self Talk: Changing Reality One Word at a Time

Recently I was giving a workshop where I spoke about the importance of changing our self-talk. Self-talk is the conversation we hold with ourselves on a continuous basis—and usuall…

Shared Journaling

Instead of keeping a private journal, a shared journal can be a way to use writing to connect or deepen a relationship.

Shatter Your Illusions: Practice Acceptance of What Is

Recently a business associate wrote me an e-mail complaining that I hadn’t yet sent him a document he had requested. I explained to him that I had moved offices and changed compute…

Slow Sex

The Polynesian Way of LovingBecause of their natural, relaxed attitude about communal nudity, having been immersed in it since birth, some South Sea island peoples were able to pas…

Sometimes It’s Healthier to Be in the Then

A couple of centuries ago, nostalgia — the wistful, sentimental yearning for a person close to us, for a significant life event, or for a place important to us — was dubbed a medic…

Sorry, But Opposites Do Not Attract

A new study shows humans are drawn to people who are similar to them, whether it’s for romance or friendship.

Spring Cleaning for Home and Heart

We are all familiar with the concept of “spring cleaning” as a time for going through our physical belongings and removing the clothes that no longer fit, letting go of things we n…

Start with Heart: 3 Steps to a Healthier Relationship

While practicing self-observation recently, I noticed that my automatic impulse is to retract my energy when something uncomfortable or potentially emotionally painful is going on.…

The 3 Phases of Every Relationship

Seana McGee and Maurice Taylor, married psychotherapists and authors of The New Couple, explain how understanding the phases of your relationship can help you stay in love.Int…

The Art of Detachment

When scientists began contemplating the conquest of space, the first problem they encountered – a problem that had to be solved before they could make any headway at all – was how …

The Bond

Connecting Through the Space Between UsBy Lynne McTaggartAncient cultures and mystics have taught that the universe is an interconnected whole, but science and popular culture are …

The Chant at this Sacred Ritual is Cheers

It was a Saturday evening, and attending would mean spending two days in a row in church. Nevertheless, many of the congregation gathered in fellowship for a sacred ritual — the an…

The Company You Keep: Does it Need Transformation?

It was one of those situations in which, at least for awhile, everyone lost: My childhood friend lost, the firm he worked for lost, maybe even the world lost a little.A natural "pe…

The Deeper Meaning of Tattoos

Andrew McCarthy had seen his share of tattoos, from the “drunken sailor” images to “Friday the 13th specials,” where the tattoo artist chooses the design for a mere 13 dollars. But…

The Disappointed and the Disappointment

How to break free from this perpetual drama

The Fifth Essential Life Skill: Taking Aligned Action

This is part five of a series featuring the Five Essential Life Skills. The first four skills were: Remembering Who You Really Are, Self-Observation, Transcending the Ego/Letting G…

The Good Places of Friendship

In A Blue Fire, archetypal psychologist James Hillman writes about the relationship between trust and betrayal. According to Hillman, our fear of betrayal can cause us to try to pr…

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