LivingNow 008 – Relationships

Published on Nov 10, 2021

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This magazine will improve your relationships! Welcome to our brand new collection of articles under the LovingNow masthead, where we cover many aspects of relationships. Twenty articles explore topics such as how empathy will assist you, having difficult conversations, proactive and reactive arousal, and how connection to country can inform and strengthen all facets of relationship. Enjoy this collection!

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LivingNow 008 – Relationships
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20 articles from this collection:
Editorial edition 008
Editorial edition 008
‘No man is an island’. The English poet John Donne was born way back in 1572; if we can forgive his lack of gender-inclusive language, we can surely get the universality and timelessness of his perception.
A declaration of interdependence
A declaration of interdependence
Humans are innately social beings who often thrive best in groups. However, Western societies are seeing a rise of individualism – and the attendant problems it brings. The coronavirus pandemic and the consequent loss of community interaction has exacerbated this trend.
Learning to love without expectations
Learning to love without expectations
Romantic connections have an amazing knack of showing us where we are at, and shining a light on what blocks us from experiencing deep love. One moment we’re loving wholeheartedly, and the next moment we sabotage ourselves through toxic behaviour patterns! Why does this happen?
Rewriting the attraction game
Rewriting the attraction game
It’s a rookie relationship mistake trying to please others, and yet so many of us have fallen into that trap! We are taught to conform, even though it no longer serves us the way it used to. Here are some ways to reframe our attraction patterning.
Having difficult conversations
Having difficult conversations
A successful relationship is not defined by how long it lasts, or whether you share a bank account, get married, or have kids…
8 tools for connection
8 tools for connection
Connection is, and has always been, important. And yet it is something that most of us could do with up-skilling!
Your relationship – transactional or loving?
Your relationship – transactional or loving?
What is the difference between a transactional and a loving relationship? And what skills might be useful to create more empathy and love?
Exploring 5 less-discussed relationship dynamics
Exploring 5 less-discussed relationship dynamics
These dark and light relationship elements are gathered from directly exploring my own long-term relationships and their hidden patterns and processes.
Would you open your relationship?
Would you open your relationship?
5 tips to make your relationship smoother if you choose to open it.
Arousal: reactive versus proactive
Arousal: reactive versus proactive
Arousal is the way our body responds in pleasure. Sometimes we are mismatched with our partners, though, so here are some tips on what to look for, and what we can do.
5 steps to having better sex and orgasms – by dating yourself
5 steps to having better sex and orgasms – by dating yourself
These tips might sound simple, yet they go way beyond just experiencing more physical pleasure, and lead to deeper emotional satisfaction.
Relationships through the cancer prism
Relationships through the cancer prism
Relationships are curious things; and they get a massive kick in the guts when you’re diagnosed with a chronic illness. Relationships bear the brunt of the shock, fear, overwhelm and uncertainty.
What I’ve learned about boundaries
What I’ve learned about boundaries
Setting boundaries is essential for any relationship – monogamous, non-monogamous, colleagues, friends, and family.
Healing a broken heart
Healing a broken heart
Why can it sometimes take so bloody long to get over someone? And how can we speed up the tedious process?
Changing the focus for better relationships
Changing the focus for better relationships
When I dig deep to understand the reasons beneath my successful or unsuccessful relationships, I discover the difference is primarily me!
Lessons for family and relationships from 48,000 years of history
Lessons for family and relationships from 48,000 years of history
A remarkable community of first nations people has seven key values by which they live, to help ensure good relationships between men and women, adults and children, people and the land. This article is based on a new book which provides first insights into the unique Noongar family history.
Remembering our true relationship to Earth and Country
Remembering our true relationship to Earth and Country
How one activist came face to face with her shame, and found true belonging by redefining and renewing her commitment to ‘family’. And how we can all remember the time-honoured ways to reach deep connection within ourselves and the land we stand upon.
Relationship to country and to self – video
Relationship to country and to self – video
I now realise the two worlds of Australian culture CAN and DO walk together when we listen, and this is the way forward for the country and the planet, and I am part of that.
How empathy will assist you in a family law settlement
How empathy will assist you in a family law settlement
There is no doubt that separation is often painful and traumatic. So, empathy is, in my opinion, an essential ingredient to get you through the turmoil. This might include a simple acknowledgement of the pain that you are going through...
Relationships are the mirrors of life
Relationships are the mirrors of life
We find ourselves when we dare to look through the mirror of truth, and into the depths of who we came here to be