Lesson 49: Holding The High Watch

Woah, last chapter! After about three months, I have finally finished this book. Or should I say sadly? Despite the couple chapter that were strongly related to spirituality and/or God, I really liked this daily routine of exploring yet another part of my life, love life and soul. I don’t think it did miracle work…

Lesson 48: On Being a “Yes” to Love

Today’s chapter was beautifully written and reminds the reader of what it means to really want love or to want to be present in life. Of course, most of us already know that love can come in many forms and might happen completely unexpected. The person you fall for can look entirely different than you thought they…

Lesson 47: On Giving Thanks

I feel like I’ve been running a marathon and can finally see the finish line! Today’s chapter had me think about gratitude and how I give thanks in my life and to what. According to Katherine Woodward, we tend to let ourselves overwhelm by thoughts of what we don’t have. As a result, we constantly…

Lesson 46: Seventy Times Seven: The Challenge of Forgiveness

In this chapter, Woodward talks about forgiveness as a process rather than an event. While life is better without anger and resentment towards others, she states that you shouldn’t ignore this feeling either. You feel angry for a reason and so her way to go about this is feeling the anger and listening to its…

Lesson 45: From “Me” to “We”

This chapter preaches the importance of giving for the sake of giving and not keeping score in a relationship. That I really get because, if you think that your partner has to do something for you because you did something for them and I cooked tonight so they should tomorrow, wouldn’t it be easier just…

Lesson 44: Let Love Live Your Life

Today’s lesson is simple: cultivate love within you. Let go of how you think love should look like – the diamond ring, the white picket fence, the beach house- and instead develop as much love in your life as possible. This means acting out of compassion and kindness, instead of petty and noticing any unloving…

Lesson 43: The Enchanted Life

This chapter was another rather spiritual one and a little hard to follow. It talks about bringing magic into your everyday being and understanding love not as the phenomenon of a particular connection but rather as a state of heart, body, mind and soul that everyone should strive for. I guess by doing so, you’re…

Lesson 42: On Speaking Up

Here’s a tough nut to crack: No one can read your mind. No one can miraculously guess what you want or dream of or long for or need or hope to get from life, your partner or out of this day. And Woodward states that, if you don’t assert yourself enough into your relationships because…

Lesson 41: Listening with an Open Heart

In a day and age where feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem and lack of connection become more prevailing (at least in the US), and we decide within the first fifteen seconds of a conversation whether or not that person is worth our time and effort to listen, you really gotta wonder how we started to…

Lesson 40: Living the Questions

In a world with tragedies and lots of uncertainty, it can be comforting to be with people that seem to have all the answers. Or to be the one striving to know it all. But in this chapter, Woodward teaches us more about “living the questions”  as a way to sit with the messiness of…

Lesson 39: Being at Cause

Apparently, a study conducted at Stanford looked at the differences between a disappointing relationship and a thriving one in over 1500 people. The one disparity that emerged was how much one party was blaming the other for problems in the relationship. Woodward explains that, often times, when we have a hard time being responsible for…

Lesson 38: Overthrowing the Boogeyman

I got good news and bad news. Bad news first: We all carry certain fears in us that dictate our actions, stop us from taking risks and control our relationships to others. Good news is: We can overcome them. Apparently. Woodward states that many fears are actually our way to resist the inevitable ebb and…