To Love and Be Loved: The Difficult Yoga of Relationship

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Twenty years ago, two spiritual seekers met at a workshop about conscious dying. What happened next is the extraordinary foundation for To Love and Be Loved ―a life-changing program about what it means to be alive and in love.

Together ever since that first day, Stephen and Ondrea Levine poured all of the wisdom, compassion, and courage they gained from their work with the suffering and grief-stricken into the mystery of their own relationship. The result is a beautiful, unexpected unfolding, a teaching that transcends the anguish of existence to show us the way to God―through the darkest nights of our most intimate relationships.

In the rich and forbidding depths of our personal pain, the Levines teach, lies the essence of intimacy, not only with one another, but with God. This is why true commitment requires us to “swim across the reservoir of each other’s grief.” Stephen and Ondrea lead you beyond psychological explanations and show how couples together can immerse themselves in the “ocean of compassion”―where you will discover how to face and overcome the fear that closes your heart, and replace it with mercy: the key to creativity, freedom, and love.

Through honest, real-life sharing, To Love and Be Loved teaches you how to discover the greatest gift you can ever have: forgiveness―for yourself and your lover.

The Difficult Yoga of Relationship

Why are so few yogis and mystics committed to a human partner? The Levines suggest that it’s because they haven’t recognized the profound value of so high a practice as the difficult yoga of partnership. Our intimate relationships, they teach, actually contain a complete blueprint for spiritual realization. With exercises, meditations, and examples, they demonstrate how to decipher and use this priceless map.

To Love and Be Loved brings you the crowning insights from these pioneering teachers. Out of the crucible of their own experience, Stephen and Ondrea Levine point out a proven way to true transformation―through the spiritual challenge of your own relationship

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Out of the crucible of their own lives, Stephen and Ondrea Levine show how it is possible to transform, grow, and love through the spiritual challenge of your own relationship, with To Love and Be Loved. Join the bestselling authors of Embracing the Beloved as they investigate the difficulties -- and rewards -- of true spiritual partnership. Here are crowning insights from these respected teachers and caregivers: more than seven hours of useful exercises, meditations, and insights for overcoming fear and replacing it with mercy -- the key to creating a love that endures.

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Stephen Levine

Stephen Levine (1937–2016) was a poet and teacher of guided meditation healing techniques who, with his wife Ondrea, counseled the dying and their loved ones for more than 30 years. Stephen Levine’s bestselling books Healing into Life and Death, A Gradual Awakening, and A Year to Live are considered classics in the field of conscious living and dying. He is also the coauthor, with Ondrea, of the acclaimed To Love and Be Loved and Who Dies?
 
The Levines’ work is said to stretch from the most painful experiences of the human spectrum to the furthest point on the human horizon, from hell to heaven, from pain to ease, from our ongoing sense of loss to the legacy of our unending interconnectedness. Their experiential Conscious Living/Conscious Dying workshops offered a meditative investigation of what it means to be fully alive, helping to cultivate the qualities which heal the mind and heart while exploring the nature of what it is that dies.


Ondrea Levine

Ondrea Levine has counseled the dying and their loved ones for more than 30 years, and has been a codirector of the Hanuman Foundation Dying Project. The Levines are the authors of Embracing the Beloved: Relationship as a Path of Awakening.

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