Enrich the sacred union of your marriage. The inspirational ideas in this full-color gift book are fun, simple ways to enhance your life together. Discover the essentials of a lasting relationship in just thirty days—one thought for each day of the month.

For most people marriage is a source of great fulfillment; and yet, for many of us, sharing a life with a partner can present challenges. Whether your relationship is easy or difficult, 30-Day Essentials for Marriage can help you improve your life together.

Featuring one inspiring piece of advice and one practical exercise per day, 30-Day Essentials for Marriage is a useful, light-hearted, and eye-catching way for couples—whether engaged, newly married, or together for years—to quickly and gently deepen their relationship.

Jyotish Novak

Jyotish (John) Novak has studied, practiced, and taught meditation around the world for over 40 years. He came onto the spiritual path when he met Swami Kriyananda in 1966. Jyotish was a founding member of Ananda Village in Nevada City, California in 1968.

For its first ten years Jyotish served as General Manager of Ananda Village. He and his wife Devi started the first city ashram for Ananda in San Francisco in 1979. In 1984 Jyotish expanded Ananda's outreach and helped start the work in Europe. Jyotish currently serves as the Spiritual Director of Ananda Worldwide.

Jyotish, who holds a BA in psychology, is the author of the popular book How to Meditate, along with 30 Day Essentials for Career and 30 Day Essentials for Marriage. He also is the creator of Meditation Therapy™ and has three videos: Meditation Therapy for Stress & Change, Meditation Therapy for Relationships, and Meditation Therapy for Health & Healing.

For most people marriage is a source of great fulfillment and yet, for many of us, sharing a life with a partner can present challenges. Whether your relationship is easy or difficult, the 30-Day Essentials for Marriage can help you improve your life together.

For those just starting a marriage, it is important to establish good patterns right away. A new marriage, like a young plant, can be trained and molded. The 30-Day Essentials for Marriage will help you establish those qualities and habits that will make your life together happy and fulfilling. Those who have been married for some time need ways to keep their relationship from growing stale and routine. This book will be a road map into areas you may not have gone before.

Spend a few minutes reading through this book to get an idea of where you are heading. Then, take one day at a time and work on the quality for that day. You may want to stay with one quality for a longer time or return later to develop it further. Each day ends with a simple, concrete “action” item. Try them!

While an individual can use it, the book is designed to be a way for couples to work together. Merely reading it together can be a great help for you and your partner. But if you actually use it as a guide it can transform your life together. It is simple and fun. But the effects can be profound.

Day 7: Inner Strength

Be your own person. Don’t try to mold yourself to fit an image others might hold. Inner strength increases as you develop your natural talents and trust your own ideas. Work with strengths that you have already. What is your best asset? Is it your intellect, your creativity, your ability to work hard? Your talents are your true treasure. Inner strength is like the trunk of a tree, everything else branches out from it. Don’t allow the opinions of others to push you around. Let them wash past you as a stream flows around a stone. Yet at the same time, the strong person listens carefully to the messages life is trying to send him. When you are calm and centered you will be able to perceive truth as it resonates within you. Then, from a position of inner strength you can follow the best course of action. One of the greatest benefits of a strong marriage is having the constant support of a loved one. If you each encourage your partner to develop inner strength, your marriage will grow strong and dynamic.

Today: Sit with your partner and explore together what makes each of you strong. Agree mutually to support those qualities in all circumstances.

“Marriage can present many challenges, and the 30-Day Essentials For Marriage is a simple handbook ‘tell all’ on how to enrich the union of marriage. An impressive and reader-friendly book which focuses on easy, simple ways for couples to enhance their lives together. The 30-Day Essentials for Marriage ranges from discovering the foundations of a lasting relationship to imparting joy, and is recommended for its loving pairing of words and color photos.”

Midwest Book Review

“Jyotish Novak’s latest book, 30-Day Essentials for Marriage, is full of delightful insights and beautiful photos that encourage the mind and heart to experience the full potential of human love. Novak offers one piece of advice and one exercise per day for couples to enhance their marriage. For example, Day Four is dedicated to the idea of expressing appreciation. Novak believes that appreciation helps love grow, while criticism can act like a poison. He then offers this tip for the day, ‘Tell your partner three things that you most appreciate about him or her.’ . . . full of delightful metaphors and colorful photographs, and would make a great gift for newly married couples or those celebrating an anniversary.”

True Story

“The 30-Day Essentials for Marriage is an inspired, step-by-step guide to establishing, renewing, or enhancing a new marriage with a strong foundation. Based on unusually deep understanding of the sacred mystical bond of marriage, it’s a perfect gift for a partner, a newlywed couple, or sweethearts celebrating an anniversary. An inspiring passage and a practical exercise are offered for every day of the month. Packaged in a lovely four-color gift format.”

East West Reviews