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When the Grass Is Greener

Having the name Eve is quite an archetype to manage all by itself. The name Eve coupled with running a garden sanctuary and nursery and being a relationship specialist becomes almost comical! But as spring approaches, let me share what I have learned about love and spiritual growth from hanging out in The Sacred Garden.First, as Eve, I have taken the liberty of redefining “original sin.” I call it “blame.” Adam blamed Eve. Eve blamed the snake. It seems as if from the beginning of time, everyone wants to blame someone else for his or her reality and expects someone else to make the necessary changes. This is not only unpleasant but also ineffective. Years ago I heard a story of an old couple taking their daily walk through a public park. Each day they passed a rosebush in serious need of tending and care. Day after day, one or the other of them would say, “Someone ought to take care of that plant.” Then, one day they had an epiphany: “Hey, we are somebody!” They came back the next day with a watering can, fertilizer, and clippers and tended to the ailing rose bush.Taking personal responsibility for the …

About the Author

Eve Hogan

Eve Eschner Hogan is a relationship specialist, and author of several books including The EROS Equation: A SOUL-ution for Relationships. In Real Love with Eve, she shares skills, principles, and tools for creating healthy, harmonious relationships—with friends, family, lovers, co-workers, and the world at large. Her uncommon approach to common sense will help you sail away from ego battles and into the calmer waters of real love. Learn more about Eve's Heart Path retreats at She is the author of Way of the Winding Path: A Map for the Labyrinth of Life.

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