99: The Secrets of Scheduling Sex Successfully

99: The Secrets of Scheduling Sex Successfully

Are you too busy for sex and connection? What if sex just isn’t happening, or isn’t happening enough in your relationship? While there are many reasons that this could be happening (or not happening, as the case may be) – sometimes all you have to do is to get it on the calendar. That being said, simply scheduling sex on your calendar isn’t always enough to turn things around. In this week’s episode, we’re going to cover how to schedule sex, why to schedule sex, and…most importantly…how to successfully navigate any pressure, or awkwardness, that comes from putting something so precious…on the calendar.

Along with the secrets of how to schedule sex successfully, you’ll also learn a bit more about how to create intimacy with and without sex, why connection is so important for having an amazing sex life, and the benefits of nurturing your sexual and sensual life with your partner.

Also, get ready for next week, which will be the 100th episode of the Relationship Alive podcast! Joining us next week will two amazing guests – John Gottman AND Sue Johnson – to talk about Attraction. What do you do when attraction vanishes in your relationship? How do you sustain the attraction and spark that you have? The answers to these questions (and more) about attraction might surprise you, so be sure to tune in next week as well to hear what emerges in my conversations with John Gottman and Sue Johnson.

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98: How to Stop Being a Victim – Feeling Good Together with David Burns

98: How to Stop Being a Victim – Feeling Good Together with David Burns

When it comes to the success of your relationship, how much are you standing in your own way? How do you get really clear on your part in the dynamic? And how do you work some magic in the way that you communicate, to connect no matter how challenging the moment? Joining us this week is Dr. David Burns, a Stanford emeritus professor who is also the author of Feeling Good – one of the most popular self-help books (dealing with depression) of all time. He is one of the chief popularizers of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and has recently been developing TEAM therapy, which addresses some of CBT’s shortcomings. David Burns is also the author of Feeling Good Together, which applies his practical approach to relationships: how to thrive, as well as how to turn a troubled relationship around.

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A Brief Interlude

A Brief Interlude

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Find out what’s in store for the upcoming 100th episode of the Relationship Alive podcast! Also, this week is an opportunity for you to get caught up on episodes you’ve missed, or to revisit ones that have had an impact on you. Looking forward to seeing you next week with David Burns, author of Feeling Good and Feeling Good Together.

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97: How to Enlist Your Friends to Support Your Relationship

97: How to Enlist Your Friends to Support Your Relationship

There’s nothing quite as powerful to help you on your journey as the community of friends that surround you. However, our friends aren’t always clear on how to do that – particularly when it comes to your relationship. How do you enlist your friends to support you in your partnership? In today’s episode, you’ll discover a sweet way to create a moment of deep connection with your partner, and to show your friends exactly how they can help you and your partner nurture your connection. If you’re single, this practice will show you how you can harness the energy of your community to keep you on track in life – and in your quest for right relationship (if you’re looking for that).

Along with strengthening your relationship, this practice will also help you strengthen your connection to your friends!

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96: How to Transform the Hidden Beliefs that Hold You Back with Katherine Woodward Thomas

96: How to Transform the Hidden Beliefs that Hold You Back with Katherine Woodward Thomas

How do you stop repeating the old beliefs and actions that are holding you back? How do you ensure that the core part of your inner guidance is sending you in a positive direction? If you find yourself doing the same old dance again and again – either with your current partner, or in relationship after relationship, then this is the episode for you. Joining us is Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of the NYT Bestseller Conscious Uncoupling, as well as the bestseller Calling in the One, as a guide through a powerful process of self-discovery. We dive deep into a core part of her work, the “secret sauce” that has helped Katherine transform the lives of so many people worldwide.

Katherine Woodward Thomas has been on Relationship Alive a couple times previously. If you’re interested in hearing our other episodes together, they are:

Ep 21: Healing Pain from Past or Present Breakups

Ep 3: Overcoming Your Barriers to Love and Connection

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95: Who is Holding You Back?

95: Who is Holding You Back?

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How do you clear away the energy of your past to help you be present in your life, and relationship? In today’s episode, we talk about a specific process to tie up loose ends, so that they don’t drain your energy here and now. Why let all of those old connections get in the way? After you go through this process, you’ll feel so much lighter, and have more mental and emotional capacity for the current things that matter most.

In this week’s episode, I’m building a bridge for you between last week’s episode, with David and Lila Sophia Tresemer – where we talked about Conscious Weddings and the power of making commitments, and next week’s episode, which will feature Katherine Woodward Thomas and a deep dive into transforming your core love identity. Enjoy – and please let me know how it goes for you!

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94: Conscious Weddings and Commitment with Lila Sophia and David Tresemer

94: Conscious Weddings and Commitment with Lila Sophia and David Tresemer

How do you bring magic and consciousness to the way that you commit to your partner? And, if you’re getting married, how do you create a wedding that truly represents YOU – not simply what society expects a wedding to be? Plus – is there a way to imbue your commitment with dynamic energy – instead of feeling confined, and stagnant? It today’s episode, our guests are Lila Sophia and David Tresemer, the authors of Conscious Wedding Handbook, and producers of the DVD Couples Illumination: Creating a Conscious Partnership. Along with answering these questions, we chat about how to develop deep, sacred alignment with our partners – and how to create space for the “Sacred Moment” to occur – in your weddings and rituals, as well as life in general!

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93: How to Find the Gift in Any Moment – Neil Sattin

93: How to Find the Gift in Any Moment – Neil Sattin

When someone gives you a gift, what do you do? Do you stick it in the closet and wait for a rainy day? Or do you open it, and appreciate it, right then and there? Whether things are going well for you right now, or you’re stuck in something less-than-awesome, this week’s episode offers you a simple practice that can help amplify the good things – and find the grain of hope in any situation, no matter how dismal.

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92: Creating New Possibilities from the Inside Out – Winning from Within – Erica Ariel Fox

92: Creating New Possibilities from the Inside Out – Winning from Within – Erica Ariel Fox

How do you get better at being you? How do you get past the stuck points – that gap between what you know you could/should do – and what you actually do? We have a vast amount of inner resource available to us to help get unstuck and learn new ways of showing up – and today we’re going to bring that resource online. Our guest is Erica Ariel Fox, author of the New York Times Bestseller Winning from Within. Erica is part of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and her book follows up where Difficult Conversations leaves off – addressing that question of “How come this still isn’t working even though I know what I’m supposed to do?” Often, it comes down to the inner work that needs to be done – so that the outer strategies can actually be effective for you.
(if you’re curious – you can listen to our interview with Sheila Heen, one of the authors of Difficult Conversations, here in Episode 59)
So – where do you start when you’re trying to figure out why what ought to be working…isn’t? How do you figure out what parts of you need attention, growth, and development? Let’s dive in!!

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91: The Power of Deep Relating

91: The Power of Deep Relating

How do you get better at being in relationships? How do you create different experiences than you have had in the past (especially after the honeymoon stage has run its course)? How do you continue to deepen the intimacy and joy in your relationship when your attention is being drawn in so many other directions? In this episode, I introduce you to something I call “deeper relating”, and how developing these skills allow you to tap into each other’s creativity and resourcefulness. It’s a key skill in taking your relationship to a completely new place, where you and your partner get to continually discover each other.

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    June 29, 2017 by Day Dreamer 11 from United States

    I love this podcast! Thank you Neil for all the wonderful guests you bring onto your show and the thoughtful questions you present as well as your own tips and insights. This is such important and valuable information to share, so thank you for putting it out there. For myself personally it’s so nice to be able to work on my computer and simultaneously be absorbing positive, educational information, which is helping me through this challenging but important time in my life. I like your musical intro too:) Keep it up!

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    I am so grateful for this podcast. I am 29 years old and deep into part of my healing journey where I am learning to do the work of loving myself, and communicate clearly and honestly so I can be available for partnership. I gain SO much from this podcast. The guests are top notch, Neil's questions are the EXACT questions that I want to ask too!! I'm just so grateful to live in an age where all of this wisdom is available in this format. Thank you for creating this Neil. I am a super fan of this podcast!

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    I love Neil's interview style, and he has some amazing guests with wealths of knowledge. Definitely worth a listen.

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