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Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond Hardcover – October 20, 2015
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“In Conscious Loving Ever After, Katie and Gay Hendricks don’t just give relationship advice, they radiate wisdom and joy on every page. This book will transform and enrich the way you and your partner experience each other—and yourselves. I hope you will read it, come to see love in a new light, and relish the opportunity to spend time with these incredible souls.”
— Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times best-selling author of In the Meantime and One Day My Soul Just Opened Up
“If you ask me, Katie and Gay are the perfect exemplars of conscious, loving, ever evolving, and utterly fabulous relationships. When I grow up I want to be just like them. This wise, generous book shows you how to do what they’ve done and live with passion, clarity, and joy.”
— Geneen Roth, author of Women, Food and God
“Kathlyn and GayHendricks have mastered the art of Conscious Loving and generously share their decades of wisdom in this original and powerful book that provides life-transforming tools for your love life. Whetheryou’ve beenmarried for years orareready to re-enter the dating world, this book offers a clear path to creating the relationship of your dreams.”
— Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret
“Conscious Loving Ever After provides couples and singles in the second half of life a joyful and creative map for the journey. If you want to make the most of your loving relationships at midlife and beyond, read this book!”
— Jack Canfield, co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul® and The Success Principles™
About the Author
Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks, whose modern classic Conscious Loving changed the landscape of romantic love more than 20 years ago, are trailblazers in the fields of conscious relationships and body intelligence. They are the authors of more than 30 books, including bestsellers The Big Leap and Five Wishes; during the past 30 years they have appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows and networks, including Oprah, CNN, CNBC, and CBS’s 48 Hours. In 1989 they founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars annually in North America, Asia, and Europe. Their nonprofit organization, The Foundation for Conscious Living, funds research, films, and scholarships in the areas of conscious relationships and natural well-being. The Hendrickses live in Ojai, California. Website: www.hendricks.com
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The Hendricks cover all of the the most intense and consequential issues of mid-life: Sex; devastating losses and deaths; despair over apparent loss of creative drive; 'empty nest’; fears which have turned into long standing behaviors; the weight of past suffering; the excess weight of bodies, of routines, or of a relationship pattern that doesn't seem to ever resolve.
They go on to help us recognize the deeper roots of all of those difficult experiences, help us see how mid-life is uniquely suited for adopting some very different perspectives and commitments that change the game entirely - a new vista for relationships that, rather than sounding like ‘growing old together,’ sounds wild, exquisite, magnificent - or in their words, committing to the full bloom of our love and creativity.
Most of the book is for mid-life couples to step onto this new way of life together, though they do have a section for singles, including some recommendations for how to go about online dating in ways that shape new connections in the direction of this new context of relating.
The fact that they have lived this themselves not only shows up in their moving accounts of their own breakthroughs of the past few decades, but in the writing itself; the way they write gave me a sense of a whole new possibility for relationship and co-creation, as if I could feel and osmose the evolutionary leap now embedded in their connection. Also palpable are their tenderness, humor, and what they call the ‘genius of the relationship.' Writing together is definitely one form of the genius of their relationship!
I was especially moved by this book because, as a woman of 46, even with decades of experience in facilitating personal and relational transformation, I had in recent years experienced some very big losses, and, with all my skills, had still had not fully recovered. I had begun to experience episodes of despair, as though my most heartfelt dreams for life were either behind me, or fast departing my capacity to fulfill them. And with that, I recognized ways that my relationship had felt rudderless also.
While reading this book, I began to have a felt sense that the core of what I've most wanted is definitely not out of reach. With Gay and Kathlyn's laser-like support in navigating my exact mid-life issues, I am already finding greater ease in grieving the losses, and letting go of the shapes I thought my dreams would take, as I hook myself up again with the source of those dreams, my felt sense of love and bodily experience of creativity. Also, my partner and I have tried some of the activities in the book, and each time we do any of them, we each have wild new ahas and love tears.