Being Mindful of All Your Relationships

Being Mindful of All Your Relationships

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“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” – Carl Gustav Jung on Relationships

Of relationships, there are many kinds. Our lives our run on relationships. And so, that being the case, every relationship we have is important. However, not every connection you have to another person requires the same kind of work, and not every one is of equal value. That said, they must all be nurtured to remain fruitful.

1. Workplace Relationships

Professional relationships are often not invested in by us, they are perhaps seen as a side effect of working with other people, but a professional relationship that has been consciously worked on by both parties can bring both support and productivity. When in difficult work situations, it is important to have allies and trusted individuals by your side.

2. Romantic Relationships

When we think of relationships, most of us think of our romantic ones first. This relationship is perhaps the most complex, yet the most rewarding. These are often deep, intense relationships that leave you feeling both vulnerable and safe simultaneously. This type of connection is important because of our human need for stability and foundation. A good romantic relationship should make you feel safe and that you have a safe space to return to, as well as presenting you with a challenge and an ability to grow. These relationships are also where we learn to compromise, to listen, to work through problems and to love even when we don’t always like. Last of all, we all deserve intimacy, trust and love, and all the best romantic relationships offer these.

3. Friendships

Friendships, certainly close ones, can also be defined as ‘chosen family’. Your friends are the people you gravitate towards, the people that you consider to be like you in some way. Friendships can serve many purposes, all of which can probably be boiled down to ‘relief’. Friends are the people you lean on and rely on to take some of your cares away, or to allow you to vent tension.

4. Familial Relationships

Familial relationships. One of the most useful things about these is that they are constant. We are stuck with our family, forever linked, and there is nothing we can do to change that. You go through a lot with family, and this is one of the reasons why you end up so close to family whether you like them or not. Familial relations are forged not just by blood, but by galvanising circumstances; the trials and tribulations of growing up together. Family offers stability and unconditional love, a constant required by us all.

5. Casual Relationships

Casual relationships, like the ones that you have with a local shopkeeper, your neighbour three doors down or local dog walkers, are opportunities for moments of positivity throughout the day. Offering connection and positivity to these people, even with a nod or quick ‘good morning’, helps to inject their day and your day with positive vibes!

6. Relationship to The Self

This, one might argue, is the most important relationship in your life. You are the person that you spend most time with, and you will like some parts of yourself and not others. You need to come to terms with who you are, be comfortable with that, and have confidence in who that person is. Sure, you can have all the best friends, lovers, and relatives in the world, but only when you invest in your relationship with yourself will you become truly resilient and happy.

By Chris Thomson


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