Category Archives for On Being Human

Reclaim Your Life & Strengthen Your Marriage – Ryan Couples Therapy

The Pain of Abandoning Ourselves in Marriage

This is the introductory post to a series of 10 posts I will be publishing on the topic of Reclaiming Your Life and Strengthening Your Marriage. Just about a year ago, I published a post, in which I talk about the pain of abandoning ourselves within the context of marriage. I shared a part of […]

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Goodness–Hold up the Mirror for your Partner

Goodness: Hold up the Mirror for your Partner

Practice #5 of Improve your Marriage Without Therapy (in 5 Steps) In my ebook How to Improve Your Marriage Without Therapy, I outline 5 simple, yet effective, practices you and your partner can do to improve your relationship now from the comfort of your own home. Today I want to talk about the practice of holding […]

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Emotional Temperature–The Art of Emotional Awareness

Emotional Temperature: The Art of Emotional Awareness

Practice #4 of Improve your Marriage Without Therapy (in 5 Steps) In my post How to Improve Your Marriage without Therapy, I outline 5 simple things you can do to improve your marriage from the comfort of your own home. Today, I want to re-visit the 4th suggestion: Taking your Emotional Temperature.  Learning how to be […]

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Tuning In-A Recipe for A Life Well-Lived–Ryan Couples Therapy

Tuning In: A Recipe for A Life Well-Lived

Practice #2 of Improve your Marriage Without Therapy (in 5 Steps) When we are “tuning in” to our partner, we create connection. “Tuning in” is being aware of, being intentional, compassionate, responsive and engaged. Tuning in moves us toward intimacy. In my ebook How to Improve Your Marriage Without Therapy, I outline 5 simple, yet effective, […]

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Compassion–Our Greatest Gift in Marriage Ryan Couples Therapy

Compassion: Our Greatest Gift in Marriage

Practice #6 of 6 Core Practices to Create a Healthy Marriage Compassion and empathy, is the 6th practice described in my ebook, Transform Your Relationship: Core Practices To Create A Healthy Marriage. Today, I want to focus on compassion. Without the practice and presence of compassion in an intimate relationship, it becomes even harder to navigate emotionally […]

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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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The Multi-Faceted Aspects of Unconditional Love

Last week my only daughter got married. And it was a joyous and love-filled experience for me. I was on cloud nine as I participated in the wedding day. A big part of my joy was in witnessing family, friends, and community express much love for my daughter and her husband. Hello Grief After she […]

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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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Love Stories

Two weeks ago, my daughter came into town to shop for her wedding dress. We carefully planned our day and the places we would shop. Our first stop was a beautiful vintage shop in Ballard.  http://trovevintage.blogspot.com/ The salesperson took us to their back room where their vintage wedding dresses were stored. As we entered, I […]

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