Category Archives for Inspiration

Differences – How Healthy Marriages Welcome Them – Ryan Couples Therapy

Differences: How Healthy Marriages Welcome Them

Practice #4 of 6 Core Practices to Create a Healthy Marriage My ebook, Transform Your Relationship: 6 Core Practices to Create a Healthy Marriage, details essential practices you and your partner can work on to strengthen your connection and build a better relationship. The fourth practice I write about in the ebook is Accept, Welcome and Integrate the Differences. […]

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Why an Open Heart is the Pathway to Our True Nature – Ryan Couples Therapy

Why an Open Heart is the Pathway to Our True Nature

Practice #3 of 6 Core Practices to Create a Healthy Marriage My ebook, Transform Your Relationship: 6 Core Practices to Create a Healthy Marriage, details essential practices you and your partner can work on to strengthen your connection and build a better relationship. The third practice I write about in the ebook is Managing Emotions. How do we […]

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Severed Belonging and Grief

I have been thinking a lot lately of two things: grief and severed belonging. These two things are inter-twined. Often, we experience grief when our place of belonging has been severed in some way. Our experience of grief is the vehicle through which we begin to heal the severed belonging. The Desire for Belonging All […]

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Men of Integrity- How to Create Lives of Acceptance, Love, and Peace

Men of Integrity: How to Create Lives of Acceptance, Love, and Peace

Photo courtesy of 123RF.  altanaka/123RF Men Of Integrity I am married to a good man. Together we raised four boys who have become good men. My daughter is about to marry a good man. And by “good”, I mean men of integrity; men who respect others and who are kind; men who strive to live […]

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Rain, Stillness and the Power of Connection

Spring Season Pacific Northwest Style I am sitting on the couch with a fire going in the wood burning stove and the steady fall of rain outside my windows. Welcome to the spring season in the Pacific Northwest. As the sky drops more and more rain, the world becomes greener and brighter. In the 24 […]

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Understanding and Inviting Eroticism Into Our Lives

I was asked the other day, “What is eroticism?”. In fact, I get asked this question a lot in my work. Mostly because as soon as clients talk about sex, I introduce the idea of the erotic. Much of my work with clients focuses on helping them deepen their understanding of eroticism as a way […]

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The Courage of Others: How the Coast Guard and Breast Cancer Intersected in my Life

Sometimes, it is not enough to rely on our own courage. Sometimes, it is necessary to rely on the courage of others; especially when our own courage is lacking. As I have reflected on my last year’s experience of breast cancer, the courage of my husband is one of the most salient aspects of the […]

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The Emptiness of Fall

The light has changed. November skies are upon us. I find a quieting within my spirit as I have gone through this week. I am so appreciative of the unique beauty of this time of year. This month, more than before, I have become acutely aware of the  personal transition and transformative process taking place […]

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New Map of Knowing

“With each life-changing experience, we’re forced to redraw the map of our knowing.” —from The Endless Practice, Mark Nepo I have shared with all of you, dear readers, about my experience with breast cancer over these last few months. And, yes, it has been a life changing experience in so many, many ways. Ways that […]

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Quiet Mornings

For the last several weeks, I have been waking early, getting up before my husband and sitting quietly as the morning begins. I am blessed to live in a cozy house that feels to me more like a retreat in the woods than anything else. There is a long, gravelly path from the main road […]

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