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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.

17 Questions to Ask Your Partner to Deepen Your Connection

Couples who have strong bonds remain interested in each other. They remain curious about each other’s experiences and inner lives, such as their thoughts, feelings, and fears. As …

2 Exercises to Help You and Your Partner Grow Together

Odds favor you’re the one who will have to initiate the work needed to refresh your relationship. No problem. Start here.

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 Painful Relationship Patterns to Stop Now

Seeing our own stress, and realizing it’s in our partner too, is the beginning of meeting each other in a new way.

3 Steps to Rebuilding a Relationship

When trying to repair a relationship—even with yourself—take these intentional steps.

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

Accepting, observing, and experiencing a different family culture as you would another country's may change your perspective.

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…

5 Ways to Deal with Difficult People

Feeling like you might throttle someone? Try these tactics instead.

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.  

70 Affirmations for Loving your Partner No Matter What

No matter how intense love starts, after a certain amount of time, the “honeymoon” wears off. Thankfully, that energy can transform into other things – a deeper love, appreciation …

A Gay Marriage in a Catholic Church

We needed a miracle, and received one...

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 Tarot Reader Faces Her Shadow

Maybe the secrets of relationships really are all in the cards

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…

Being There... for the Passing of a Loved One

The experience of dying is often difficult, filled with fears and anxieties for both the dying and for the surviving loved ones. But death is also a mysterious and wondrous process. It involves both body and soul in the greatest transition we are ever called to make. The author has sat with hundreds of dying persons, and has learned that we don’t have to be fearful or intimidated.

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: I Know How You Feel

It’s not easy to make friends as adults, and becomes more difficult as we get older. At the same time, according to the psychologist F. Diane Barth, women rely on other women for s…

Book Review: Tell Me More

Forget reviewing this book; after reading it, I had the urge to call the author and invite her over. I’d pour us some sauvignon blanc and blare the Richard Thompson and we’d toast …

Book Review: The Forever Letter

Writing What We Believe for Those We Love

Book Review: The Sharing Journal

Engaging in authentic, open, honest dialogue while in a committed relationship might not be a common occurrence. While partners may speak to each other daily, discussions that comm…

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…

Breaking the Bad Love Spell

What can your anger teach you about yourself for better relationships?

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.

Creativity as a Relationship Skill

Get creative in how you approach your relationships.

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 …

Discernment - The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment

This article appeared in our June 2003 issue. The beginning of discernment as a conscious spiritual practice for me came 20 years ago, well before I was a full-time theologia…

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…

Each Other's Stuff

This article appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of Spirituality & Health. As a teenager working in the theater, I was struck by a scene in Eugene lonesco’s The Bald Soprano. T…

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.

Finding Joy with Those Who Don't Think Like You

The two of us have been digging in to reconcile the differences between us for 15 years. What are we digging into? The thick, rich, confusing soil of the different ways we think, experience, and understand the world.

Finding the Right Time to Break Up

Sometimes scheduling a break up smoothes the transition process for everyone involved.

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.

Guided Meditation for Befriending Loneliness

Tolerate the discomfort of loneliness.

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 Doctors Can Help the Dying

In 1994 the prestigious medical journal The Lancet advocated acting lessons for medical students so they "could at least act as if they cared." Thankfully the act is becoming real.

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 Become a Stalker of Your Own Mind

If we are relentless and impeccable about stalking ourselves, a result is that we leave the world and other people alone.

How to Experience Canine Flow

“A fantastic way to harness and empower your own heart frequencies and create happiness . . .”

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…

Lasting Love with Suzann and James Pawelski

An interview with positive psychology experts Suzann and James Pawelski.

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 …

Lessons from the World's Religions: Love and Marriage

Because marriage sets the stage for our most intimate contact with another human being, most of the world’s religions have offered believers guidance on both the why and how married life. As the various faith traditions have encountered modern psychology — and one another — some common understanding have emerged about what a marriage means and how to keep it together, but important differences remain.

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…

Letters from the Heart

On tour for her book, The Seeker's Guide: Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure, Elizabeth Lesser faced these questions as she traveled across the country. "These are the big questions of the hour," she says. "And it seemed to me that Huston Smith would make an ideal partner for further explorations. We began discussing them over lunch when he was teaching at Omega Institute. I followed up with a letter, and he graciously replied. Several letters later, I realized that we had built up a correspondence worth sharing…."

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

Meds & Consciousness

Listening in on a great conversation between Ram Dass and Mirabai Bush

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 Two-Hour Hug Fest

The lumberjack of a stranger and I embraced like old friends after a long absence. His awkward smile mirrored mine as we released each other, but I was surprised by my sense of euphoria.

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…

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