The Power of Gratitude

One of the sweetest things my son says to me is, “Mommy, how can I help you tomorrow?” We’ll be getting ready for bed and he’ll look up at me with his sea-blue eyes, his face as fresh as rain and his voice like spring, and he’ll ask these words in his sing-song way. My heart melts every time, and I almost always respond by saying, “You just did.” I look at him with a smile of wonder during these moments, marveling at this sweet soul that I have the privilege of mothering, and feeling the frustration, impatience, worry, or heartache that may have punctuated my day fall away. I can literally feel the prickly sensations softening and dissipating in the wake of the goodness of his offering.

I’ve mistakenly thought that I was the lucky one in those moments, to be the receiver of such purity and generosity. But, … Click here to continue reading…

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“Real Love Is Only What You Give”

I don’t recall how I first stumbled upon Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty, but most likely it came from a recommendation from a member of the Conscious Weddings message board. I remember intially feeling put-off by the title as anything that contains the word “perfect”, especially in connection to weddings or marriage, produces an immediate allergic reaction in my psyche. But because I trust my wise and thoughtful audience, I purchased the book and was stunned to find the words that I espouse to my clients every day transposed into a rich and meaningful novel.

I recently re-read the book to make sure that it has withstood my ever-evolving understanding of real love and marriage. My 2011 review: it’s nothing short of brilliant. It’s the only novel I’m aware of that presents an authentic, realistic window into what it means to love and be loved. It’s … Click here to continue reading…

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