Cultivating Compassion in Intimate Relationships: A Practice

I am in the middle of facilitating an eight-week series entitled Relationship Building: Strengthening our Families, Partnerships and Communities here in Albuquerque.  This past week we closed our circle with a variation on a Compassion Exercise from Avatar.  Participants enjoyed it so much, I though I’d share it on my blog.  So here it is! Special thanks to Rev. Jude […]

7 Tips for Navigating Conflict in Intimate Relationships

I get suspicious of couples who say they never have conflict; that everything is always hunky dory.  The truth as I know it? Couples have conflicts.  More specifically, when the level of commitment increases in any relationship (intimate partnerships, friendships, even promotions at work), so does the level of conflict.  It’s often temporary, but it’s […]

Winter Solstice: Light Emerging

  Ok.  I admit it.  I LIKE the holiday season.  I mean really, really like it! I play Christmas carols and sing to them, decorate the house, prepare a big Christmas dinner, snuggle by the fire with my sweetie and kitties, watch Miracle on 34th Street and other oldies but goodies.  We went to see […]

Ritual Creates Relationship

One of the first days of the CWL retreat (see previous blog post for details), Nina & Toby (the facilitators) offered some wisdom passed along to them from a shamanic teacher/guide: Consciousness creates matter. Language creates reality. Ritual creates relationship. When they presented this to us, I immediately resonated with these ideas; the first two […]