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Sunday, May 10, 2015

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“I miss you, Mom!” ~ Larry James

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Are You In It for the Long Haul?

If someone interviewed you on camera, what would YOU say about your partner?

cupidHow will you express your feelings this Valentine’s Day and the many other days of the year? How’s your “spark?!”

Read: “The History of Valentine’s Day

Cupid, another symbol of Valentine’s Day, became associated with it because he was the son of Venus, the Roman god of love and beauty. Cupid often appears on Valentine cards. Be sure to read” “The Story of Cupid.”

BONUS Article: Romantic Ideas to Make it Valentine’s Day All Year Long!
Little Known Facts About Valentine’s Day!
The Economics of Valentine’s Day

CLoveLOGOCopyright © 2015 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Principles of Being

Austin Vickers, Guest Author

Larry’s NOTE: Suggestion… print this page and start a new tradition. After you have read this powerful affirmation, make reading it part of your daily routine. I believe that would be a great step in the right direction for you. “Change your thinking, change your behavior and you will change your life!”

I acknowledge that every circumstance and relationship in my life is a direct or indirect result of choices I have made, or failed to make. I understand that I am the supreme creator of my life and everything in it, and I choose every day to accept my present circumstances and relationships exactly as they are, unless I am consciously acting to change them.

PrinciplesOFBeingI believe that life is exactly as we choose to see it. All people, places and things can present both a negative and positive perspective. We, as observers, make the choice of which side we will focus upon. Because I want to fill my life with joy, I choose to recognize the positive in all things.

I will try to have every choice I make be consistent with the highest vision I have of myself. Rather than try to control or manipulate others to conform to my addictive behaviors or programming, I will allow others to simply be, and will learn to change my addictions into preferences. I know this is the only way I can be truly happy.

I know it is better to live my life without expectations or attachment to results. Although I may plan for the future, I must not become too attached to the fulfillment of those plans or I may miss other more fulfilling opportunities. If life takes me in a direction different than the one I have planned, I believe it is for my ultimate good.

I want to approach each and every moment of every day with the same level of enthusiasm, happiness, passion and present-moment focus as I have making love. Life and everything in it, like sex, is a wonderful experience that I know I must appreciate, using all of my senses to fully enjoy it.

Honesty is one of the single greatest principles in life, and I will approach every person, circumstance or situation with a commitment to be honest with myself, to openly and honestly present my true thoughts and feelings to others, and to never lie, deceive or mislead another person.

I believe in being sensitive, and before acting or reacting to any situation or person, I will try my best to act or react in a way that I would want to be treated under the same circumstances.

I cannot judge any person, situation or thing for I do not know all of the facts. My experience with anything is limited to my interaction with that person, situation or thing – and that is not the complete picture. Therefore, I cannot judge whether anything or anyone is good or bad, right or wrong. I also know I should not judge myself too harshly, for I am a learning, loving human being that can draw strength from my weaknesses and experiences.

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I recognize that I can only view life through my own rose-colored glasses, and the beliefs, opinions or standards of any group or person, including my own beliefs, are not necessarily universal truths.

I have a thirst and love for knowledge and understanding, and I recognize that true learning and growth comes only from effort, experience and a willingness to accept some new ideas, even if it means the rejection of previously held beliefs.

I love living and I know that a healthy body is an essential part of maintaining the quality of my life experience. Consequently, I will exercise my body and will feed it with healthy air, food and drinks, I will heal it and rest it when necessary, and I will treat my body with loving care. I will touch others and smile at others often, for it is my true nature to be kind. I will also laugh a lot.

I believe in God, Spirit, or the Soul – whatever name we give to that power in the universe that exists beyond our obvious senses. Life becomes magical when we see the clues that spirit offers and I will strive to find them. I also know that inviting Spirit into my life allows me to make better choices than I would otherwise make, for it allows me to view life from the perspective of heaven.

I believe that each of us can contribute to the world in some unique way. For me it is to share with others the principles that I hold dear, in the hope that these principles will benefit others as much as they have given benefit to me. I am fulfilled and happy when I act in service to others.

The real purpose of life is love. Love is our very essence, the all which created us and is us. This day I will work to remove that which blocks my love from flowing freely. I will learn to love myself and I will liberally share my love with others. I will be kind, understanding and compassionate. I will make love a daily focus and priority in my life, and I will try to fill every moment of my life and yours with love. I will tell you how much I love you as often as I can.

These are my governing principles. I have not yet attained to them, but I am struggling to do it. I may not ever totally achieve them, but you may. So go on! Learn what you may from me, open your eyes with the light that I offer, but learn to walk for yourself. Don’t be afraid – I am walking too… not behind you or in front of you, but beside you making my own way. As we walk along together we can look out for each other… help each other. I will be there for you… and you for me… and together we will realize our dreams.

austinvickersCopyright © 2014 – Austin Vickers. All rights reserved. Reprinted with Permission. – Austin is the writer and producer of People v. The State of Illusion, a docudrama based on his work and the science and power of perception and imagination that will be released in the fall of 2011. He is also the author of the personal leadership book and program “Stepping Up: to a Life of Vision, Passion and Authentic Power” and is a professional speaker who has educated and entertained audiences from some of America’s leading corporations. www.AustinVickers.com.

Larry James recommends seeing, “People v. The State Of Illusion!”

Good documentaries are based on the attempt, in one fashion or another, to document reality. Great documentaries take you further. This movie questions what is reality and reveals how our perceptions can actually create reality. If you liked The Secret, The Shadow Effect, or What The Bleep Do We Know!? then you’re sure to love this docudrama by Austin Vickers.

This must-see psychological movie includes some of the nation’s leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, sociology, and consciousness theory, including Dr. Thomas Moore, Dr. Candace Pert, Debbie Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Robert Jahn, Dr. Peter Senge, Brenda Dunne, and Dr. Michael Vandermark.

People v. The State Of Illusion is directed by Scott Cervine and written and produced by Austin Vickers. It is set in the notorious “Old Main Prison” of the New Mexico State Penitentiary, and tells the story of Aaron Roberts. It is an inspiring and compelling movie that will enlighten your mind and elevate your spirit.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Best Gift for Your Holiday Honey

Holi-DateBob Hollander, JD, LCSW-C and Lori Hollander, LCSW-C, BCD, Guest Authors

Are you wondering, what is the best gift for your honey this holiday season?

Relationships and marriages become stressed around the holidays. Too much to do and not enough time. What tends to fall to the bottom of our lists is making time to connect with our partners.

It doesn’t have to be this way. With just a little thoughtfulness, your relationship can flourish during the holidays. Several years ago Bob and I wrote about what we call “Holi-Dates.”

Holi-Date – A short, sweet date with your partner in December designed to revitalize you, your mate and your connection.

We believe Holi-Dates are the best gift for your “holiday honey.” Finding pockets of time or longer to share with each other can reduce stress, deepen your feelings of connection and turn the to-do list into something fun.

Our “Holi-Date” video will explain further. We hope it inspires you to do more connecting with your honey this season!

Some of our past favorite Holi-Dates:

• Day trip to NYC – the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, skating at Rockefeller Center and FAO Schwartz toy store
• Ice skating and hot chocolate
• Symphony of Lights in Columbia
• The Chanukah House in Baltimore
• Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street and cherry pie at Café Hon
• Barnes & Nobles – gift buying, and dessert and coffee at Starbucks
• Watching old Christmas movies at home

BONUS Articles: Rx for the Holiday Blues!
A Gift of the Heart
This Man Is Dating Someone Although He’s Married. Sounds Disgusting, AND I’m On His Side.
10 Ideas for a Date Night In
Date Night – No Less Than Once Each Week – No Excuses!

Copyright © 2014 by Lori Hollander, LCSW-C, BCD. Lori Hollander, LCSW-C, BCD, is a licensed counselor and co-founder of Relationships Work, an innovative therapy practice and online resource center. Together with her husband, Bob, they encourage couples to consciously co-create their relationships in order to achieve a deeper, more intimate connection. You can visit Relationships Work online at: http://www.RelationshipsWork.com. Follow them on Facebook.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Weigh Your Words

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It is a wise love partner who is aware of the potential damage loose words can cause. Words spoken in anger inflict wounds that sometimes take a long time to heal. Think first, then speak.

“Oh, be careful of the words you speak!” ~ Rev. David Ring

It is one thing to speak what you feel and quite another to speak what you feel without regard to the consequences of the pain that might accompany your words when spoken hastily to your love partner.

WeighYourWordsThe words we express allow us to predict the predicaments that will occur in our relationships. It is wise to be careful of the words we think. Thinking them becomes a dress rehearsal for what we can expect to happen. Speaking them activates the law of cause and effect.

On the other hand, the words of encouragement, of understanding, of love, or any words that echo good will always elevate us to their own level. That is most likely a higher place than where we began. As often as you can, speak only words of love.

Relationships don’t die by themselves. We kill relationships with inappropriate words — words from the head, not from the heart.

Words once spoken create our present reality. Remember: You cannot un-ring a bell.

When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend. ~ U.S. Marine Corps

Those words can never be recalled. We must remember to think before we speak. We must carefully weigh the cost of speaking our thoughts randomly and without evaluating the possible outcome. Be considerate of your love partner.

wordsOften our thoughts revert back to the “safe zone”. . . the familiar. . . the way of being that we were before, and that didn’t work.

When we insist upon thinking and speaking past thoughts as words, we find that they will dominate our attention and only keep us stuck. Mentally rehearsing what doesn’t work, doesn’t work, if you want your life to be great. It only more deeply internalizes what you don’t want. Focus on what you want in your relationship!

In essence, we begin to believe that which we think is our very own new idea. In reality, most likely, those thoughts are from our past, and if concentrated upon, reoccur as our present and eventually as our future. Give it up! Make up some new and exciting ways of being. We must give up what we don’t want in favor of what we would like to happen.

In the Bible, Job said, “The thing I feared has come upon me.” Those words were an acknowledgment of the power of his negative thinking, spoken as his word, which eventually became his very own reality.

The power of the words we speak is proven daily in what shows up in our lives. The tendency is to place blame on the circumstances around us rather than accept responsibility that we authored the thoughts we spoke and that in speaking them as words, in truth, created our present condition.

Our outer results will never be any different unless we make internal changes in the way we think and take caution of the words we speak.

You win or lose with the words you choose!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

It’s Not About The Nail

Filed under: Listening,Relationships,Video — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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“Please don’t try to fix me. I just need you to listen.”

Every man has heard these words. That’s when they need to shut up and simply listen…

BONUS Articles: No More “Mr. Fix-it!” – For Men Only
I’ve Got a Secret! – Wanna Know What it is?
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CLoveLOGOCopyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

A Total Eclipse of the Heart…

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Vul·ner·a·ble
/ˈvəln(ə)rəbəl/
Adjective. Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally: “we were in a vulnerable position”. (of a partnership or relationship)

vulnerabilityTo me, “a total eclipse of the heart” could mean that you are not willing to allow your partner to see who you really are; to become vulnerable; to come alive to your own authentic self. Perhaps it would mean that you are not yet to the point where you feel you can be completely open to receive the love your partner has to give.

Are you willing to really open up YOUR heart? To be seen by your partner; your heart open and exposed? The courage to be vulnerable begins with showing up and letting ourselves truly be seen.

“…and that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength.” ~ Audre Lorde

We must all learn to embrace vulnerability. It’s important to truly be connected to your partner. Be who you really are for your partner. Never try to be someone you aren’t. Be real. Open up a bit more than usual to the one you love. The way to move past your vulnerability is to embrace it. Yeah, I know. Vulnerability is scary and it’s also a powerful and authentic way to live in your relationship.

“What makes you vulernable makes you beautiful.” ~ Brené Brown

One of my favorite TED talks is by Brené Brown on the “Power of Vulnerability.” The premise is that connection is why we’re here, and in order for genuine connection to happen in our relationships, we have to allow ourselves to be seen; to be vulnerable. Please take 20:20 minutes to watch this video.

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share with your friends and to think about.

BONUS Article: 3 Myths About Vulnerability
Vulnerability: The Secret To Intimacy

CLoveLOGOCopyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Renew the “Contact” in Your Relationship

Barbara Joyce Peters, Guest Author

Does it sound a little odd to you to think of a relationship like a contact sport? Yet it is very exciting to touch and be touched.

Couples desire touch. They want it, crave it, and need it, but many times just don’t have it.

Teenage Couple Touching HandsTouch dissipates in many relationships, and this is sad for couples. But when asked, they do say that things used to be very hot in the beginning! How did they become distant physically? Touch is necessary to humans. For example, Dr. Paul Brand, a pioneer in the field of healing through touch, writes: “Skin cells offer a direct path into the deep reservoir of emotion we metaphorically call the human heart.” Whew, that’s something to think about!

Nurses often remark how babies in intensive care units respond to touch. A baby moves affirmatively to a parent’s finger grazing over the tiny body. Just a gentle stroke offers the physical connection of human to human, the connection so needed for survival. Research studies show babies need touch to thrive—as do we all.

If your relationship seems to lack this connection, think about the time in your relationship when casual physical touch quickly led to intensely romantic moments. It can happen again!

Try just holding hands when you talk together. This simple gesture adds so much to the communication that you share when you talk. Especially when you must solve serious problems, it helps to hold hands while you discuss your feelings. It becomes easier this way to reach compromise and resolution.

Want to rekindle your fire? Here are a few suggestions:

• Tell each other how you like to be touched. You can even show your partner how.
• When your partner turns around (not facing you), gently touch your partner’s shoulder, or encircle your arms around your partner’s waist.
• Be generous with your embraces. Research shows that four to eight hugs given over a day will increase bonding and connection between couples.
• Don’t be shy. As soon as you know how your partner likes to be touched, try it!

Remember this song from Lennon and McCartney: “I want to hold your hand! And when I touch you, I feel happy inside, it’s just a feeling that, my love, I can’t hide.”

Wouldn’t we all love to feel this way?

BONUS Articles: How To Keep Your Love Alive
Ways to Relight the Flame of Love
Need Some Romantic Ideas?
Plan Some Romantic Rituals for Your Relationship!

BarbaraPetersCopyright © 2013 – Barbara Peters. Barbara Peters is a gifted communicator with a laser beam ability to cut through the tangle of personal drama to get results and relationships that last a lifetime. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, her counseling style is interactive, respectful, non-judgmental, and supportive. In her first book, “The Gift of A Lifetime: Building a Marriage that Lasts,” Barbara lends insight from her years of experience as a couples’ counselor to give people those essential tools and guide them on successfully using them. Visit Barbara’s Blog. She is also a contributor to The Life Change Network.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Stages of Relationships ~ Video

Filed under: Relationships,Video — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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In this fascinating 8-minute video, Deepak Chopra talks about the different stages of relationships, next the late Dr. David Simon explains how to accept your dark side, namely your shadow.

Watch the video to learn about the essence of love and attraction – ranging from the initial physical stage, to experiencing total ecstasy at a much deeper physical, mythical and sacred level – and to also hear how we can accept and respond to the positive and negative values we were born to co-exist with.

Regardless of whether we want to acknowledge it or not, we all have a darker side of our nature that can influence our lives negatively if we ignore it.

Whether this other side presents itself in the form of overeating, the way you take your frustration out on your partner, or even your sexual behavior – if pushed aside, it can start to surface more frequently in your life and take away your power of choice.

Larry’s NOTE: Watch the video when you can be sure to absorb its content. I recommend watching it several times then spending some time to really “think” about what you have heard.

You may want to read, “The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self,” by Debbie Ford, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. It examines this behavior, and explains why in order to deal with it, we need to address it with compassion, rather than fear.

Video Copyright © 2013 – Deepak Chopra.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Get a Room!

Filed under: PDA (Public Display of Affection),Video — Larry James @ 7:30 am
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A public display of affection is exciting, but it can also project your image in the wrong light and upset other people. Be careful to not push it to the edge of public indecency.

publicAffectionA public display of affection (sometimes abbreviated PDA) is physically demonstrating affection for another person while in the view of others, for example, holding hands, sex (X-rated), sitting on someone’s lap, an arm around your shoulder, or kissing in public. Unless you are a frog or a lizard, your tongue should stay in your mouth while you are in public.

PDA etiquette should always be respected. Holding hands, friends hugging each other when they meet, putting ones head on shoulder, or an innocent peck on the lips (a few casual pecks) when two lovers meet after a while are all forms of public display of affection. Remember to keep it PG. How far you can go? People are entitled to express themselves through actions and words, this is a god-given right that we should proudly embrace at all costs. Don’t scream but whisper the magic words “I Love You,” or other such sweet nothings. It’s not a good idea to get too lovey-dovey. Of course, it depends on how affectionate it gets. It is clear that it may be too much if one has to come up for air, or is connected to the other person for well over ten seconds. To most, it’s cute until the tongue gets involved. 😉

We all crave affection; that very special emotional connection and being softly touched are all part of keeping the romance alive. They are expressions of love, symbols for trustfulness, loyalty and pride.

It is wise to respect the people around you. Always take a good look around and see if you’re in the midst of people who accept public display of affection, certainly no kids. Showing respect of others should be a high priority.

holdinghandsIt’s easy to get caught up in your little love and happiness bubble but be careful that you don’t commit a serious faux pas. Always stay within the boundaries of appropriateness. There is definitely a limit which has to be set in order to avoid obscenity and vulgarity. No one wants to see any flashing of well concealed body parts nor do we want to see anything gross. Probably anything that you wouldn’t be comfortable doing in front of your grandparents should not be done as a PDA.

Etiquette expert Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, says that being overly affectionate is childish, silly and inconsiderate. But she also says that it’s only offensive when it gets to the point of nearing lovemaking.

Not only will people tend to feel annoyed and uncomfortable because of such actions, but excessive PDA may also cause embarrassment to the couple themselves.

While affection is definitely great and wonderful in a relationship, displaying it excessively in other people’s line of vision usually isn’t that great. It’s okay to share loving glances across the room and to hold each other tightly while dancing. You may be in love and perhaps want to proclaim it to the world, but please don’t be gross about it. A little respect for others is required.

“Public display of affection can be tricky business. If you know how to do it well, it can seem cute and affectionate, but if you cross that thin red line, you can border into repulsive and disgusting.” ~ LovePanky.com

Larry’s rule: No face-eating or sex in public. No public displays of lust. Groping each other in public is out. If you want to indulge in something raunchier that’s when it’s time to get a room!

What do you think of PDA? Have you witnessed anything inappropriate? Are women more inclined to want it than men? Should it be kept confined to the bedroom? Or can women expect her man to want to kiss/cuddle her in public?

BONUS Article: Dos and Don’ts for Public Displays of Affection

CLoveLOGOCopyright © 2013 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and an award winning nondenominational Wedding Officiant. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere. Something NEW about relationships is posted every 4th day on this Relationships BLOG.

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