Life is about relationships. Not only the relationships you have with your partner, family, friends, and co-workers. It’s also the relationship that you have with nature, your own body, your life’s work, and most importantly with yourself.
The quality of these relationships reflects the quality of your communication. When you elevate your communication you create conditions that improve and enrich every relationship in your life.
Just like an acorn requires the proper conditions – sunlight, soil, water, and nutrients – to realize its potential and grow into a mighty oak tree, similarly, our relationships will realize their potential as we cultivate welcoming environments that nurture their evolution. We accomplish this with love and conscious communication.
Each encounter that we have is spirit meeting spirit. In Sanskrit, the term Namaste describes a soulful recognition between two people. It's a salutation that is often accompanied by a gracious bow with hands pressed together facing upward in front of the heart. This greeting closely translates to: the spirit in me honors the spirit in you.
When you say Namaste, you affirm your individuality while recognizing the unity flowing through all relationships.
Here are 8 ways to inspire healthy relationships:
1. Treat yourself with kindness.
To enjoy genuine love and freedom in a relationship it is vital to live in your center and honor yourself. Be present to the miracle that is you. Be aware of your language. Speak kindly to yourself, and in an inspiring way. When you are happy within yourself, you will make wise choices – in thought, word and action. And from this place of wholeness cultivating healthy relationships becomes a natural action.
2. Honor the other person.
Before you can connect with someone, it is essential to honor that person’s map of the world. This does not mean you agree with their philosophies or point of view. Honoring someone creates the space that allows you to more easily enter their map, see things from their perspective, and gather important information so that you may communicate in an effective way. This supports you in orchestrating win-win agreements.
3. Observe your emotions without judgment.
Notice the vibe that you are bringing into your relationship. If you find yourself feeling emotions like anger, sadness, guilt or fear, acknowledge them with curiosity.
You can say: I am feeling ______________.
Do not resist, instead ask, what is this emotion revealing to me?
View these emotions as signals to either elevate your perception, or communicate your desires more clearly. This approach opens lines of communication because you are not making another person responsible for your feelings.