Don Rosenthal is the author of The Uncharted Journey, and Learning to Love, which he co-authored with his partner of 48 years Martha.For the past 30 years, Don and Martha have counselled couples and individuals in the Art of Relationship, their approach to intimate relationship as a spiritual path.
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Don Rosenthal is the author of The Uncharted Journey, and Learning to Love, which he co-authored with his partner of 48 years Martha.For the past 30 years, Don and Martha have counselled couples and individuals in the Art of Relationship, their approach to intimate relationship as a spiritual path. In this conversation, Don talks about how he got started working with couples after his time living a monastic lifestyle in the wilds of Alaska; the keys to open hearted listening; advice on navigating difficult conversations; dealing with death; and some advice on writing.Don & Martha’s website: http://awakeningtogether.comDon’s GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/stem-cells-for-donBrought to you by Medicine Path Healing Arts1-to-1 yoga, plant medicine integration and transformative coaching with Brian Jameshttp://medicinepathhealingarts.comSupport the Podcast!1. Leave a review on iTunes, or share with your friends on social media2. Become a Patreon supporter at http://patreon.com/medicinepath and gain access to podcast extras and hours of yoga practice resources including vinyasa sequences, breathwork, chanting and guided meditations.3. Leave a one-time donation at http://paypal.me/medicinepathyogaAbout Brian JamesBrian James is a yoga teacher, musician, shamanic practitioner and transformational coach currently living in Montréal, Canada with his wife, astrologer Debbie Stapleton and their Boston Terrier Kingston. He has been exploring the intersection of music, yoga and shamanism for over 20 years.medicinepathpodcast.cominstagram.com/brianjames.medicinepathDetailed Show Notes00:05:30 How did you get started working with couples?00:08:05 What are the most common issues that people struggle with in their relationships?00:10:18 Saying “no” to the behaviour while saying “yes” to the being00:11:17 How can we let go of anger and resentment?00:13:48 Learning how to look with J Krishnamurti00:17:45 Identifying what we really really want and need00:21:24 Working with legal MDMA in the 1980s00:23:33 His therapeutic approach when working with sacred medicines00:28:36 Using “structures” when navigating challenging issues with your partner00:35:19 The difference between validating and mirroring the other person’s upset00:38:26 Raising the bar of respect in the way we talk to each other00:43:17 Tracing behaviour back to early childhood experience00:45:23 Other types of structures00:46:17 Giving your partner a “day of grace”00:48:16 Relationship as a spiritual path00:52:25 The art of relationship00:55:02 “Do you believe in enlightenment?”00:56:19 Dealing with death01:02:38 “What practices have been most helpful to you?”01:04:44 Advice on writingtags: brian james, don rosenthal, don & martha, relationship, couples, j krishnamurti, mdma, meditation, yoga