The Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship

The Secrets of a Soulful Marriage: Creating and Sustaining a Loving, Sacred Relationship

by Jim Sharon EdD, Ruth Sharon MS


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"Your partner can and should meet all of your emotional needs." "All disagreements can and should be resolved." “Great relationships require little maintenance.”

Old models of marriage such as these are crumbling. Divorce rates remain high. Many people are skeptical and mistrustful about having real love in their lives. It's clear people need new models to help them connect with each other in meaningful, lasting ways. It's time to break free from old patterns of commitment and to forge new pathways for healthy, thriving, deeply loving relationships.

This hope-filled resource for developing soulful, mature love is aimed at committed couples who are looking to build, maintain and glorify the sacred in their relationship. It creates a context for couples to honor the gradual movement from physical “flight-fight-freeze” body-based survival to more heart-filled, communication-oriented love, to spiritual awakening and soul-purpose fulfillment. It encourages couples—as individuals and as partners—to let go of dysfunctional, hurtful, restrictive behavior in favor of liberating self-concepts and belief systems. It provides solutions for communicating and problem-solving more effectively, allowing each partner in the relationship to experience more emotional intimacy, joy and sexual pleasure. The book provides relationship information, practical tools and inspirational, real-life stories. It also offers a banquet of spiritual practices for couples of all faiths—or none—to bring these new models into focused action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594735547
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 08/20/2014
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,140,957
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jim Sharon, EdD, and Ruth Sharon, MS, have been married for over forty years. Jim has worked as a licensed psychologist; Ruth has been a professional counselor—both serving in private practice since 1977 and leading seminars and retreats for over four decades. They specialize in couples therapy, coaching for soulful couples, personal development and conflict resolution. Jim is the editor of Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Lives: Defining Moments and the author of the Holistic Health Inventory. Ruth is the author of Be Your Best Self: Yoga for Families and Conflict: A Way to Peace.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1. Getting Personal: Taking on Your Inner Work 1
2. Breaking Loose: Replacing Unwanted Habits with Positive Patterns 15
3. Speaking and Listening in a Dance: Mastering Soulful Communication 39
4. Respecting and Cherishing Your Beloved: The Seeds of Sacred Relationship 60
5. Light Your Fire and Bask in the Warmth: Exploring Sacred Intimacy 81
6. The Power and Beauty of a Balanced Life: Honoring You, Me, and Us 102
7. Sustaining Your Soulful Relationship While Parenting: Cultivating Couple Care 123
8. Vision for the Future: Expanding and Elevating Your Love 140

Invitation: The Promise of Love 158
Notes 163
Suggestions for Further Reading 164

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