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What to keep and what to let go of in a relationship after 15 months of sheltering together during Covid-19.
There is a Yoga App (called Down Dog) where you can choose what sort of yoga practice you want each day. The app allows you to "boost" the basic practice by choosing a particular area to focus on: do we want to focus on stretching our hamstrings, building our core strength, or work on our … Continue reading Give your Dialogue a Boost
The practice of "disciplined listening" learned in Couple Enrichment can also be used in other settings, such as among family members, Meeting committees, and other groups. Here are some of the learnings about listening from Couple Enrichment that Mike and Marsha Green shared during the Pendle Hill Lecture on Feb. 1, 2021. They recounted examples … Continue reading Pendle Hill Lecture on “Disciplined Listening”
By Kathy Richman I taught first grade for many years. Every year in my class, six year olds learned to read. I know that I was a part of this process; I worked with my students, taught them decoding skills, and introduced them to the joys of literature. One after another, they emerged as readers. … Continue reading The Magic of Dialogue
Have you and your partner ever participated in a Friends Couple Enrichment event? Have you missed out on on-going opportunities for dialogue and support? Would you like to focus on your relationship by practicing dialogue and learning new communication skills from the comfort of your own home? We have just the thing for you! Friends Couple Enrichment is … Continue reading 3 More Chances in 2020 to do a free, online Drop-in Dialogue
Gabriel García Marquez gave us Love in the Time of Cholera. What couples are experiencing now could be termed Love in the Time of Covid 19. A few months ago, we could not have imagined how much our lives would change in the space of a few days, and how long-lasting those changes would be. … Continue reading Reflections on Love in the Time of Covid 19
by Marsha Green, Durham, NCWe often say that Couple Enrichment is important because peacemaking begins at home. I was reminded of this recently when I read an article about anti-racism. The article, "9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive," addresses the fact that even when we mean well we often unintentionally hurt … Continue reading Anti-Racism Work and Couple Enrichment
by Mary Linda McKinney You know how it is to be with people who are being fully present with one another, sharing, perhaps not their deepest truths but still, from their authentic selves? It feels holy to me, like I am connected to something much greater than myself. Friends Couple Enrichment witnessed dialogue often feels … Continue reading The Holiness of Witnessed Dialogue
A Reflection from Cathy Walling and Scott Bell It was a joy and delight to share Friends Couple Enrichment with Honolulu Friends and friends. The advocacy of Jenny and David Foster, former FCE facilitators (and current Honolulu Friends Meeting friends in residence), was instrumental in making it happen. The six participating couples had been together … Continue reading Reflections on Honolulu Event (Nov 15-17, 2019)