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Be Kind to Yourself

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

“This is a moment of suffering. Suffering is part of life. May I be kind to myself in this moment. May I give myself the compassion I need.”

This is a mantra that Kristin Neff, author of Self Compassion shared on my radio show recently when I asked her how can one be kind to oneself.

Self Compassion is an eloquent mix of  strong social science research and her own personal stories of discovering the power of self- kindness during the discovery and healing process with her son’s autism. She was drawn to the idea of compassion early in her career when she began a Buddhist meditation practice and she witnessed the powerful shifts that came through practicing compassion. This experience lead her to create an empirical system to measure and research compassionate behavior.

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Courage to Tell the Truth

Monday, August 29th, 2011

“The master was unmoved. To all their objections he would say, ‘You have yet to understand that the shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.”  -Anthony de Mello

Having the courage to tell your true story changes the world. The novel and recent film adaption of  “The Help” has captured the hearts of so many because it depicts the civil rights struggles of millions into memorable and heart- breaking stories of characters so rich in detail that they are people we have all known somewhere in our lives. All of the facts  I had learned of this time: Separate but equal, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan came alive in the context of these fictional, yet very real lives.

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Why Self Soothing Helps

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The first time I learned of the idea of self soothing, I was reading a parenting book and trying to let my first child settle herself to sleep. I was more upset than she was that evening, gripping the door knob, willing myself to not open it and go in to soothe her. Awash in my own inability to self soothe,  I cried as she whimpered herself to sleep. That night provided only a glimmer of the power that comes from being able to hold onto and soothe yourself in your own pain and suffering.

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Four Solid Points

Monday, July 25th, 2011

I believe in passionate marriages, even as more and more books come out in support of the idea that monogamy is nothing but a political structure; I beg to differ.  Done right, making love to the same person for decades can be an exploration of depth and surprise that is literally mind blowing. I know this is not the norm in our culture but I also feel it is important to bear witness to the wonder of love that works.

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Listening is Loving

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Last week I was stood up on my weekly radio show by Violet Blue,  a well-known sex educator and author.  This was the second time she no-showed, except this time there was no warning- just no guest right when the show was about to begin.  I switched gears quickly, although a bit awkwardly at the start.  It was the first time I have ever done a whole hour of talking to myself,  but I was surprised at  how fast the time flew by as I traveled through the elements that make love work.

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Love is How We Sustain

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children. “ ~Native American Proverb

I was just at the GreenFest in Seattle over the weekend where we were selling our organic and all-natural love products.  Some people were surprised to see a company like ours promoting sustainable love.  Some people walked by averting their eyes as though we weren’t there. More than a few people openly admitted to the demise of their intimate lives. It is tragically not uncommon for people to co-exist with no shared intimacy for years.

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Behind Love That Works

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I started my book , Love that Works with a quote by Sigmund Freud.  He said, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”

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