Being Mindful About Improving Family Relationships
When you practice mindfulness, you can improve your family relationships - whether those relationships are with your children, your spouse, his or her family, or with your own immediate family.
What mindfulness does is help you be present within whatever relationships that you currently have. It enables you to engage with the people that you love in a better way.
How mindfulness does this is helps you to be able to control the mindset and the emotions that often act as positive or negative triggers for engaging with others on a personal level.
By practicing mindfulness, you’ll learn how to communicate more easily. You’ll be able to interact in a healthy way rather than responding or reacting in a way that you may have reacted in the past.
One of the key things that practicing mindfulness can offer you is the ability to effectively communicate with the people that you care about. Too often, when we interact with loved ones, we do it with a slate that’s already full of baggage.
There can be past resentments clinging onto our thought processes. These unresolved emotions can cause us to interact with loved ones with negativity and even resentment.
Mindfulness can help you learn how to engage with your family relationships through positive means. It can stop the flow of negativity that may be at the core of your relationships.
When you learn how to use mindfulness, you’ll be able to take your focus off the negative issue within any relationship. Instead, you’ll learn how to harness what’s good and positive about the relationship and build on that.
Another way that mindfulness can help you improve family relationships is by showing you how to become aware of the other person. More often than not, when we’re in any relationship, we don’t focus on the other person’s thoughts and ideas.
We can get caught up in our own thoughts, beliefs and expectations of a relationship. Mindfulness teaches us how to show a deep understanding or empathy for the other person in the relationship.
When we become more aware of how the other person is thinking or feeling, we then have a tendency to interact with more kindness and gentleness. Whenever there are two people together, it’s bound to happen that at one point or another, the two of them will disagree.
Tension and arguments can develop when these clashing opinions are viewed by the person holding them as being the absolute right thought, idea, or action – opposite of what the other person believes.
Mindfulness teaches us to be considerate of the other person and to engage with them in a manner that shows respectfulness. It enables us to let go of having to be the one who has to have the last word or whose opinion must be held up as the right one.
Wishing you the best of success, love and laughter, Moya
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