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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Love - Art of Living Retreat Center

What is Getting the Love You Want All About?

What is love? Love is a verb, not a noun. It does not exist independent of behavior. It is created or destroyed minute by minute by what we do. Love is an act that is accompanied by a feeling, but it is not a feeling itself. It is the behavioral commitment of one person to …

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Everyone Around You is Grieving. Go Easy.

The day my father died, I was at the grocery store buying bananas. I remember thinking to myself, “This is insane. Your dad just died. Why the hell are you buying bananas?” But we needed bananas. We’d be waking up for breakfast tomorrow morning, and there wouldn’t be any bananas—so there I was. And lots …

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Communication is Key

Women Can’t Hear What Men Won’t Say: Communication is Key

Falling in love is biologically natural; sustaining love is biologically unnatural.  Falling in Love fills the reservoir of love with appreciations. Soon, though, the reservoir is depleted by the three depleters of love: Criticisms Complaints (e.g., about the food at the restaurant your partner chose) Being taken for granted (“You don’t give me flowers anymore.”) …

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Love, Lost and Found

Love, Lost and Found

One of the core ideas of Imago Therapy is that the underlying cause of most couples’ discontent lies buried beneath the surface. Superficially, partners argue about household chores, money, parenting styles, their next vacation, or who is spending too much time on their cell phones. Outside of their awareness, however, each one is being compelled …

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Colorism, Racism, and the Color of Our Souls

Our world is becoming increasingly divisive; communicating with each other across cultures and even lifestyles has become progressively challenging. The ability to build trust and mutual rapport with people from various cultural backgrounds is imperative. How do we accomplish that when there is a continual undercurrent of color-based fear in our society bubbling beneath the …

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The Space Between

The Space Between: The Key to Happy Relationships

Most people describe a committed love relationship as consisting of two people. But we define a love relationship as “two people, plus the Space-Between them.” This Space-Between is a core theme in our work with couples. But what is it and how does it help guide you and your partner to create a conscious, thriving …

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How to Stop Apologizing

How to Stop Constantly Apologizing

Have you ever been at the grocery store, or in line somewhere, and someone else backs into you? Chances are, you find yourself saying “I’m sorry” even though you didn’t do anything. I used to be the person who would apologize if someone stomped on my foot while walking past, or knocked into me and …

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Turning Arguments into Conversations - the Art of Living Retreat Center

3 Keys to Turn a Potential Argument into a Conversation

You’ve been irritated by your partner’s actions for a while. You like to get to places on time and feel uneasy when you have to wait by yourself on the street because your partner is running late. Having a harmonious and loving relationship with your partner is important for you.  For the sake of that …

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Language is More than Words - The Art of Living Retreat Center

Language is More Than Words

Today we have an unprecedented ability to connect to other human beings via the Internet and other mediums and yet many of us are feeling lonely, isolated and dissatisfied with our human relationships. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people suffering from depression and/or anxiety has increased by nearly 50% in the …

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Loving Yourself - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Why Loving Yourself is Vital for Wellbeing and Loving Relationships

When I work with new clients, I generally ask them if they feel they are taking loving care of themselves. They often tell me they are, and because of this, they can’t understand why they are feeling badly or are having problems in their relationships. When I ask them to describe how they are being …

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