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Hello, I am a marital therapist, communications trainer and author. I have thirty-five years helping couples and individuals make better relationships. I have written twenty-plus self-help books which include the international best-sellers ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’ and ‘How can I ever trust you again?’ My books have been translated into twenty languages. I trained with RELATE the UK’s largest counselling charity.

Perhaps it has been turning sixty but I have become interested in spiritual as well as psychological questions. Who am I? What are my values – as opposed to my parents, my teachers and the wider society? What makes my life meaningful? What do I believe about life, the universe and everything? Although my clients might come to me because of destructive arguments, falling out of love and infidelity, they are also interested in having more meaningful relationships and a more meaningful life.

So what is the meaningful life? Why do we so easily lose our way and get lost in depression, anxiety, doubt, addictions and obsessions: the swamplands of the soul? One thing I know for sure is that there is not one answer. Each of us has to find out for ourselves what makes our life meaningful. But we can learn from each other, share our experiences of how to navigate the journey, how to endure and learn from the swamp, and finally how to find solid ground.

I have decided to use my original training in radio and journalism to interview witnesses for what makes life meaningful. Each week, I invite someone who is a therapist, academic, self-help coach or who has an enlightening personal story to share their knowledge or experiences. I hope our discussions will help you discover what makes your life meaningful and find more purpose and contentment.

The Meaningful Life with Andrew G. Marshall The Meaningful Life

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Hello, I am a marital therapist, communications trainer and author. I have thirty-five years helping couples and individuals make better relationships. I have written twenty-plus self-help books which include the international best-sellers ‘I love you but I’m not in love with you’ and ‘How can I ever trust you again?’ My books have been translated into twenty languages. I trained with RELATE the UK’s largest counselling charity.

Perhaps it has been turning sixty but I have become interested in spiritual as well as psychological questions. Who am I? What are my values – as opposed to my parents, my teachers and the wider society? What makes my life meaningful? What do I believe about life, the universe and everything? Although my clients might come to me because of destructive arguments, falling out of love and infidelity, they are also interested in having more meaningful relationships and a more meaningful life.

So what is the meaningful life? Why do we so easily lose our way and get lost in depression, anxiety, doubt, addictions and obsessions: the swamplands of the soul? One thing I know for sure is that there is not one answer. Each of us has to find out for ourselves what makes our life meaningful. But we can learn from each other, share our experiences of how to navigate the journey, how to endure and learn from the swamp, and finally how to find solid ground.

I have decided to use my original training in radio and journalism to interview witnesses for what makes life meaningful. Each week, I invite someone who is a therapist, academic, self-help coach or who has an enlightening personal story to share their knowledge or experiences. I hope our discussions will help you discover what makes your life meaningful and find more purpose and contentment.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Caroline Madden: Three Deep Truths

    Caroline Madden: Three Deep Truths

    What do you know to be true? Deep down? The older I get, the less I feel I know but there are a few things that I know are truly, profoundly true. I think these truths say a lot about us. So for every guest, I ask them to share three things that they know to be true and we discuss them. For most guests, we also discuss what I learned from our interview, and I ask what being a witness on The Meaningful Life has been like for them…

    Caroline Madden: Infidelity: How to Rebuild Trust

    Caroline Madden: Infidelity: How to Rebuild Trust

    We all think of infidelity as something that happens to someone else. When betrayal enters our own safe universe, it comes as a terrible shock. Many couples confronting infidelity end up re-examining just about everything in their lives: not just their marriage, but their work, their relationships with family and friends, and how they find meaning and fulfilment. Sometimes it can even be these couples who end up with the strongest partnerships of all.
    Caroline Madden, PhD is a Los Angeles based pro-marriage therapist who specializes in helping marriages recover after infidelity. Caroline is the author of several relationship books including: "Fool Me Once: Should I Take Back My Cheating Husband?" and "After a Good Man Cheats: How to Rebuild Trust & Intimacy With Your Wife” and “Blindsided by His Betrayal”. 
    In this classic episode, Caroline and Andrew draw on decades of shared experience working with couples affected by infidelity. They talk through the complex, painful process of rebuilding after the discovery of betrayal. 
    Subscriber Content This Week
    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:
    Three things Caroline Madden knows to be true.
    AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.
    Follow Up
    Get Andrew’s free guide to difficult conversations with your partner: How to Tell Your Partner Difficult Things 
    Take a look at Andrew’s new online relationship course: My Best Relationship Tools 
    Listen to Caroline’s book Blindsided by Betrayal on Audible, and take a look at her other books, Fool Me Once: Should I Take Back My Cheating Husband? and After a Good Man Cheats: How to Rebuild Trust & Intimacy With Your Wife
    Find out more about Caroline’s work with infidelity survivors on her website
    Follow Caroline on Twitter 
    Read Andrew’s books on infidelity recovery:
    Why Did I Ever Cheat? Help Your Partner (and Yourself) Recover From Your Affair
    How Can I Ever Trust You Again? Infidelity: From Discovery to Recovery in Seven Steps
    I Can’t Get Over My Partner’s Affair: 50 Questions About Recovering from Extreme Betrayal and the Long-Term Impact of Infidelity
    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50. 
    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall 

    • 51 min
    Taking a 40 day dark retreat

    Taking a 40 day dark retreat

    What do you know to be true? Deep down? The older I get, the less I feel I know but there are a few things that I know are truly, profoundly true. I think these truths say a lot about us. So for every guest, I ask them to share three things that they know to be true and we discuss them. For most guests, we also discuss what I learned from our interview, and I ask what being a witness on The Meaningful Life has been like for them…

    Alan Pearce: What We Can Learn About Being Human from Comas and Near Death Experiences

    Alan Pearce: What We Can Learn About Being Human from Comas and Near Death Experiences

    People who have near-death experiences or who survive medically-induced comas report back disturbing and beautiful experiences. Some encounter ultra-vivid nightmares, while others undergo a deep, spiritual oneness with the universe or say they have glimpsed the afterlife.
    Journalist and author Alan Pearce and his wife, Beverly Pearce, are the authors of Coma and Near-Death Experience: The Beautiful, Disturbing, and Dangerous World of the Unconscious.
    In this episode Andrew and Alan discuss some of the extraordinary states of expanded consciousness that arise during comas, both positive and negative. They explore some of the alternatives to medically-induced coma that are safer for treating critically ill patients and kinder for the patients and their families.
    Alan Pearce is a journalist, broadcaster, former BBC correspondent, and author of several books. He has contributed to numerous publications, from Time Magazine to The Sunday Times of London. He lives in Nouvelle Aquitaine, France.
    Subscriber Content This Week
    If you’re a subscriber to The Meaningful Life (via Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Patreon), this week you’ll be hearing:
    Taking a forty-day dark retreat.
    Three things Alan Pearce knows to be true.
    AND subscribers also access all of our previous bonus content - a rich trove of insight on love, life and meaning created by Andrew and his interviewees.
    Follow Up
    Get Andrew’s free guide to difficult conversations with your partner: How to Tell Your Partner Difficult Things 
    Take a look at Andrew’s new online relationship course: My Best Relationship Tools 
    Buy Alan Pearce’s book Coma and Near-Death Experience: The Beautiful, Disturbing, and Dangerous World of the Unconscious 
    Visit Alan Pearce’s website 
    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50. 
    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall 

    • 51 min
    Richard Paterson: Three Deep Truths

    Richard Paterson: Three Deep Truths

    What do you know to be true? Deep down? The older I get, the less I feel I know but there are a few things that I know are truly, profoundly true. I think these truths say a lot about us. So for every guest, I ask them to share three things that they know to be true and we discuss them. For most guests, we also discuss what I learned from our interview, and I ask what being a witness on The Meaningful Life has been like for them…

    Richard Paterson: No More Overthinking (Classic Episode)

    Richard Paterson: No More Overthinking (Classic Episode)

    The Meaningful Life Classic Episode: Richard Paterson on “No More Overthinking”.
    Do you struggle to sleep, your mind buzzing with worries about the future? Do you compare yourself to others and find yourself always coming up short? This week’s episode is all about ditching overthinking and seeking happiness that ISN’T determined by external circumstances. 
    Richard Paterson, my guest this week, has trained throughout his life to quiet the thinking mind and unearth “ a treasure trove of uncaused peace, joy, love and perfect contentment waiting to be discovered—your true Self”.
    Richard spent much of his twenties and thirties training in Indian ashrams, learning from spiritual masters about meditation and the causes of human suffering. He is trained in techniques of mindfulness and has taken vows as a monk. Richard has travelled the world teaching meditation and mindfulness and is the author of several books. 
    Follow Up
    Join our Supporters Club to access exclusive behind-the-scenes content, fan requests and the chance to ask Andrew your own questions. Membership starts at just £4.50. 
    Take a look at Richard Paterson’s website
    Read Richard’s books Kick the Thinking Habit  and Awaken the Happy You
    Read Andrew’s advice on keeping a journal of your life and emotions. 
    Get Andrew’s advice on creating real change in your life and relationships in his book Wake Up and Change Your Life: How to Survive a Crisis and Be Stronger, Wiser and Happier:
    Andrew offers regular advice on love, marriage and finding meaning in your life via his social channels. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube @andrewgmarshall 

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Michael @ InfiniteCEO ,

A great marriage is not an accident!

I love the way Andrew weaves his vast experience in helping people enjoy a great marriage into the conversations with other super smart guests. His passion and joy to help others create a positive experience in their most important life relationship comes through loud and clear. This podcast is a beacon of hope to all of us who are looking to get the most from our marriage!

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