3 thoughts on “Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond

  1. Corinna Bloom
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Midlife Alchemy: blown away how this book nails the unique challenges & potentials of the stage of life we’re entering, October 20, 2015
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    This review is from: Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond (Hardcover)
    There isn’t any fluff on these pages. Every section of this book is riveting and essential for anyone who is truly ready to adopt a new context for their relationship and life.

    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.

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  2. Julia B. Colwell
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Far beyond any other relationship book out there., October 20, 2015
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    Julia B. Colwell (Boulder, Colorado) –
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    This review is from: Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond (Hardcover)
    In terms of its impact and inspiration, “Conscious Loving Ever After” is far beyond any other relationship book out there. It provides powerful tools and techniques, but much more importantly, it gives a roadmap for long-term relationships that takes couples directly back to passion, co-creativity, and aliveness. The Hendricks’ work is truly game changing, prodding us to want more than “settling,” more than just getting along as we walk through life together. Instead, it challenges us to live from our utmost creativity and authenticity, and into the deepest intimate connection with our partners. This book is revolutionary in how it is inclusive of both same and opposite sex relationships, placing them on the same playing field of both validity and challenge. As a lesbian, a psychologist, and a relationship expert myself, I am thrilled to have this wonderful new guide to creating magnificent relationships—both for my clients and to support my own relationship into magic and possibility.

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  3. megan clemens
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    Kathlyn Hendricks and Gay Hendricks are brilliant!, October 20, 2015
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    This review is from: Conscious Loving Ever After: How to Create Thriving Relationships at Midlife and Beyond (Hardcover)
    Kathlyn Hendricks and Gay Hendricks are brilliant! They give simple and profound tools for both singles and couples to expand their capacity to give and receive love! The tools they teach are what I use in my marriage… We wouldn’t be thriving if it weren’t for them!!

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