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June is a big month for the water signs. According to astrologer Eric Francis, that’s good news for everyone, unless your only friend is a cactus (and they love water, too, just not too much of it). For a more thorough explanation of this month's astrology, see June 2013: The Most Interesting Month Since the Ocean. More
Amy Leigh Mercree, author of The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating, shares an exercise to help you feel both sensually and spiritually connected with yourself and your partner. It’s time to put the sexy back in spiritual. Here is the truth: you are a spiritual being with an amazing amount of vital life force flowing through you. It’s unlimited, really and truly. And depending upon your degree of awareness of that universal life energy, you feel alive, wide awake and present. More
In many ways, human anger is a treasure. The Greeks called it the “moral emotion” because they noted that animals did not possess it; animals, the Greeks observed, got aggressive and showed fight or flight reactivity. They did not get angry. Humans, on the other hand, could experience and express anger with its inherent reflective component: “I can see/know/feel that someone or something has wronged me.” More
Gordon Neufeld, coauthor of Hold On to Your Kids, talks with Sil Reynolds, coauthor of Mothering & Daughtering, about discipline and the effects of digital media on our kids. Read Part 1 of the interview, Putting Parents Back in the Driver’s Seat. More
Gordon Neufeld
Reynolds: There is some disagreement in the world of parenting about whether we should be holding on to our kids or letting them go. Where do you stand? Neufeld: I started my career in parent education with the idea that we needed to let our kids go. I believed that parents were suffocating for their children. There was no room for individuality and personhood. More
Advice for Couples
The question I am asked most often is: "What do you do if your partner doesn’t...(do any imaginable thing)?” or "What if you are married to someone who is...(any imaginable bad trait or behavior)?" In the past, I have responded to these questions with answers addressed to the specifics. As I have listened to my answers, I found that whatever specifics I responded to, the pattern was always the same. The answer was: "Stay in the process." So what is the process? It is Imago Dialogue. More
When my friend Melissa’s daughter Anna was about 12, she noticed that her belly was expanding—it looked as though a lifesaver was sitting on top of her hips, gently encircling her body. It was with some alarm that she said to her mother, “Look, Mom—I’m fat!” More
Eliza Reynolds
When I was 17 years old, I had a profound, reality-shattering realization: I was simply born in the wrong time and place. I should have been born in Renaissance Italy. To be exact, I should have been in Florence, Italy, circa 1486, the year that Sandro Botticelli painted The Birth of Venus. More

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