Take Your Relationship From Ignorance and Conflict to Awareness and Fulfillment
Well-written, straight-forward, thoughtful explanation of how to use Buddhist psychology to better understand, repair and strengthen relationships with our significant others, even in the most difficult times. It covers the real issues that can confront relationships: attraction, communication, stressful times, anger, intimacy, parenting, illness, aging, death, and more. Best of all, this book is filled with practical step-by-step ways to apply the insights to your relationship. Highly recommend this book to counselors, therapists and lay persons. – Anne Dana
In Buddhist psychology, it is said that the root of all pain is ignorance. Nowhere in life is our ignorance more evident and frustrating than when we attempt to relate with someone we love and find ourselves forever walking through relational minefields. We find ourselves consistently being frustrated in our efforts to relate with our partner and become upset with the way they are relating to us.
This book is intended to describe what a real relationship of compassionate commitment is between two people and explores:
- How to negotiate the inevitable season of struggle between partners
- Providing insight into how couples will use the same words and speak different languages
- The importance of not taking things personally
- Understanding the role that stress plays in our relationship
- Learn compassionate communication (similar to Nonviolent Communication)
- Practice mindfulness of communication improve your connection by building a mindful relationship
The purpose of this book is to help couples gain a sense of what is going on between themselves and to help develop the awareness and skills to get beyond their confusion, frustration, pain and suffering, to a sense of fulfillment as individuals and as relational partners.
Information contained in this book is the distillation of over forty-seven years work as a marriage and family therapist. The author has utilized the exercises in this book in his private practice and while running couples communication, anger management, anxiety, depression, mind-body awareness and other courses where he integrated mindfulness as a behavioural health instructor with Kaiser Permanente.
About the Author
James Farwell is a clinical fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to his private practice, he has served as a behavioural health instructor with Kaiser Permanente where he integrated mindfulness practices in couples communication, anger management, depression, anxiety and mind-body awareness courses.
- 112 pages
- ISBN: 978-1773802152
- 5×8 inches
- Matte softcover