Mindfulness Tips for Happier Relationships: How to Go From Wedded Bliss to a Mindful Marriage by Julie Potiker
After the proverbial (or actual!) honeymoon is over, mindfulness can help couples continue to “see the amazing” in each other. It can also provide people with essential tools for keeping their cool and taking the ups and downs of marriage in stride.
Here are mindful tips for a happier marriage:
Practice Focusing on What’s Amazing About Your Partner
Take a few minutes to turn your mindful attention to all that is amazing about your partner.
- What about them makes you smile most?
- What do you admire most about them?
- What characteristic or way of being is most endearing to you?
Then, write or say these things to your partner to let them know that you still see the amazing in them.
Use "Loving Kindness" Phrases to Transform Difficult Moments
Next time you feel frustrated, angry or hurt toward your partner, try using Loving Kindness phrases to soften the situation and create more space for compassion. The practice of Loving Kindness invites you to expand your ability to have compassion for yourself and others. It opens the doorway to the possibility of being mindfully calm, clear and loving in an otherwise chaotic world. Here are some examples of Loving Kindness mantras you can try – or create your own! Experiment with switching out “you” for “I” and “we” and see how that feels.
- "You are loved."
- "May you be safe."
- "May you be healthy."
- "May you live with ease."
- "May you be loved and appreciated."
- "May you be valued."
- "May you be kind."
- "May all beings be safe and free from suffering."
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