Align or Undermine

  The Wedding Present A devotee in Brazil told us of the unique wedding present he received, a bucket a flashlight and a rope.... for the deep dark well he was entering. Is that an encouraging way to start a marriage? Within our society there has been a plethora of negative attitudes and paradigms about

2023-03-21T02:22:21+00:00By |

Harmonious Discord in Marriage

A dramatic paradox of marriage is that qualities which originally attract a couple, in time can become a source of irritation. Is this a hopeless flaw of the creation or an enigma beckoning our understanding? Scene one,  Everything's Perfect, We're in Heaven.  Rama had become attracted to Manjari, a carefree extroverted life of the party, who

2023-08-18T00:04:13+00:00By |

Femininity Honored

sristi-sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-saktir eka chayeva yasya bhuvanani bibharti durga icchanurupam api yasya ca cestate sa govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami   “The external potency, maya, who is of the nature of the shadow of the cit [spiritual] potency, is worshiped by all people as Durga, the creating, preserving and destroying agency of this mundane world. I adore the

2023-03-21T02:23:43+00:00By |

The Wealthy Marriage

Confirming the old adage that money cannot buy happiness, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, with a net worth of $137 billion, is divorcing from his wife of 25 years. On the other hand, extensive research by the Gottman Institute has shown that one of the traits of a successful marriage is affluence, but of a much

2023-03-21T02:23:47+00:00By |

The Unnecessary Add-ons

A lot of the communication problems we experience as a couple comes from “not what we say, but what we don’t say.”    When we fail to be honest and direct about our feelings because we don’t want to disturb the relationship, we create a much more insidious relationship problem. Often we suppress or repress unspoken

2023-03-21T02:24:04+00:00By |

The Communication Dance in Relationships

You’ve probably heard this before. Being in close relationships and being married, is like dancing.  Couples who have healthy relationships become partners, cooperating in rhythmic or sometimes awkward movements.  You figure out how to fulfill your needs and how to move across the landscape of your busy, intertwined lives.  You take turns, sometimes one is

2023-08-18T00:10:11+00:00By |

Strong Marriages Have These 6 Vital Ingredients

Good communication starts with open and respectful listening. This doesn’t mean we have to agree with what we hear, but that we listen with a mood to understand and validate. We listen with both intellect (for the content) and with heart (for the feelings). This receptive attitude builds a loving and trusting relationship. Respect should

2023-08-18T00:14:18+00:00By |