Aspects of Loving

When Talking to Yourself Can Bring Insight – and Better Loving

Javier-Rodriguez/Pixabay The therapeutic technique of "Interior Monologue" has been around for decades.  It can be useful in many situations, and especially in helping manage a love relationship.  To better appreciate what an interior monologue is and can be, how it might be useful in a relationship, and why it can be so effective, read my latest post from "Life, Refracted", in PsychologyToday.com by clicking here. .

Imagery Can Illuminate Ways to Better Express How and Why We Love

comfreak/Pixabay When we allow our imagination to show us possibilities, we can better see the ways in which we are experiencing love and would like to express it.  All sorts of information is available to us when we tap into the unconscious stream that brings us memories - or even new constructions - of sensory experiences.  Read my latest post for PsychologyToday.cpm, "Life, Refracted", by clicking here.

November 10th, 2017|Categories: Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted, Psychology|

Remember the Big Picture

pexels/Pixabay When you take a step back and look at your life as a whole - who, how and where you were born, grew up, lived, knew - or what you valued, how you learned, the people whose lives have touched your own and whose lives you have touched - you may well see a thread that is pulling you towards a larger purpose.  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of who, why and how we love to [...]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Art, Science & Metaphysics, Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted|

Addressing Conflicts Helps Love Grow

Source: amarpreet25/Pixabay Conflict between two people is inevitable. When conflicts of time and place, demands, priorities, power, planning  or how much closeness is optimal erupt, sensitive responses can build understanding and increase faith in the strength of the relationship.  To read 52 Ways to Show I Love You:  Address the Conflicts in "Life, Refracted" on PsychologyToday.com, click here.

Create Meaningful Rituals to Express Love

Source: jill111/Pixabay Meaningful rituals are activities we engage in with intention. They can bring us reassurance, reflecting commitment, and can comfort us in times of trial.  Read my latest post for "Life, Refracted" on PsychologyToday.com, 52 Ways to Show I Love You:  Create the Right Rituals, by clicking here.

October 20th, 2017|Categories: Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted, Well-Being|Tags: , , |

Dinner at Home or Do We Go Out?

Source: StockSnap/Pixabay The times we live in and the roles that we play change how we share precious moments with those we love. Among those are the meals that we share. To find some thoughts about our own need to adapt and ways in which we can do it, click here to read my post from Psychology Today's "Life, Refracted" blog.

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Aspects of Loving, Close Relationships, Life, Refracted|

Be Sensitive to Culture When Offering Love Through Food

Source: Alexa/Pixabay We have many choices in how we feed the bodies, minds and souls of those we love. In this post from Psychology Today's "Life, Refracted", I explore the role that culture plays in making those choices and in assuring that they are meaningful, whether we are nourishing someone through food and drink, information, energy or inspiration. To read the post, click here.

Differences Sometimes Demand Accommodation

Source: janeb13/Pixabay When differences resulting from limitations or preferences, wants or needs, or simply the extent of intimacy desired, present challenges to people who love each other, accommodation can be called for. Dealing with them with sensitivity and care can show love in a powerful way. To read my "Life, Refracted" post in PsychologyToday.com about this topic, click here.

September 15th, 2017|Categories: Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted, Psychology|

Responding to Silences

Source: Pexibear/Pixabay As described last week, silences can have many meanings.  In this week's post for "Life, Refracted" on PsychologyToday.com, I explored loving ways to deal with each of them.  Read more about ways to respond to a loved one's silences by clicking here.

September 8th, 2017|Categories: Aspects of Loving, Life, Refracted, Psychology|

Silence Can Have Several Meanings

People can sensitively show love by accurately understanding the many meanings of silence.  Before they can respond with love (the topic for next week), they must be able to distinguish among silences that are active listening, time for reflection, avoiding creating distraction, an invitation to communion, attention being elsewhere, delaying confict, or expressing anger.  For details, please visit the latest, "52 Ways to Show I Love You: Identify the Meanings of Silence", by clicking here.

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