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When it comes to meditation, some people are quick to point out its health benefits like lowered blood pressure and decreased anxiety. But meditation doesn’t just affect your physical health. It can also affect the health of your relationships. Here are just a few ways of how meditation improves your relationships if you meditate regularly:
The Ability to Listen
Meditation teaches you how to be present in the moment. It gives you the chance to check in with your mind and body. But more importantly, it shows you how to listen. This can come in handy when it comes to defusing arguments with your partner and loved ones.
You and your partner frequently argue over who should unload the dishes from the dishwasher. One morning, your spouse is particularly mad that dishes are still in the dishwasher. Normally, when your spouse gets angry at you over this, your go-to response is defensive.
But if you’ve been meditating, then you know to slow down and tune into your partner. You notice the bags under his/her eyes and say, “Hey, babe. I’ll handle the unloading today. You look tired. Is there something else I could take off your plate?”
The Ability to Step Back
Sometimes, loved ones disappoint us. On those days, it’s easy to start focusing on everything you do and everything your loved one doesn’t do.
You might fume to a co-worker, “I chauffeur the kids every evening so he can have time to de-stress after work. But he complains when I ask him to do something simple like pack the children’s lunch bags.”
Meditating helps you remember that the universe is vast and these problems are small in the scheme of things. It doesn’t mean you’re not irritated. It just means you don’t let that irritation develop into a huge fight next time you see your spouse.
The Ability to Show Compassion
Your friend who routinely quits her jobs is whining about money problems again. You love your friend but she always creates her own problems then asks you for a solution.
Meditating allows you to feel compassion for her without getting sucked into her drama. You emphasize with her lack of money by saying, “It stinks when finances are tight. But things will get better if you hang in there.”
Then you change the subject of the conversation. Your friend feels like she was heard and you avoided the usual theatrics. That’s a win-win.
The Ability to be Patient
Who has kids knows this: you need a lot of patience. I know with my son I need the most patience when we need to go somewhere, be it school or one of his activities and when it comes to homework. Do you have to tell your kids 100 times to get ready? I do and then we both get impatient because I keep saying the same thing over and over again…
Meditation has helped me a lot to stay calm and be patient with my son, especially in the above-mentioned situations. Having enough experience with meditation, now I often just have to close my eyes briefly and take a deep breath.
Meditation is a good practice that can benefit your life in many ways. But like all practices, you get out of what you’re willing to put into it. That means you have to make meditation a priority and do it regularly in order to reap all the good benefits for your relationships.
If you have enjoyed reading about how meditation improves your relationships, you might also be interested in reading: How to make meditation work for you, What is meditation?, 3 common meditation struggles for beginners and Relieve stress with these 5 simple habits.
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