Last week I posted a vlog on mind reading & relationships and I spoke about how common it is for couples to miss some important communication and connecting steps, simply out of mindlessness. In this week's vlog I'm taking you a little deeper and we're talking about HOW to start rediscovering and maintaining your connections with one another. Let's talk about how to find your rituals of connection.
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I work with a lot of couples who feel like they miss each other, who feel like they aren’t able to tune into their partner or their partner is not able to tune into them.
Perhaps you can relate.
Something I tell my couples to do is to find something that they can make theirs, that becomes their regular ritual.
These are brief things.
These are things that take maybe one to six seconds in total. So, it’s really something you can do throughout the day.
I want you to pick something together that feels good for both of you.
You could both have something that’s a little different—that’s ok.
It could be something that you do when you’re walking by each other, like touching each other on the shoulder. It could be pinching each other on the behind. It could be ruffling each other’s hair. It could be what my husband and I like to do, which is a six-second kiss. It could be a lot of different things.
I want you to get really creative and come up with something that works for you.
I know at first it’s going to feel a little bit forced. And that’s ok.
The point here is that you’re really remembering to pause and to take notice of each other.
And to make that into something that you become really mindful of, so you’re becoming mindful of connecting with one another.
This is where it all begins.
Because when you can do this, then the next step is to start using it when you need something. The trick is going to be tuning into your own needs first. When you can do that, then you make a mindful effort to connect with your partner.
And then your partner makes the mindful effort to say, “Hey, what did you need?”
And that’s where you stop missing each other.
Start with this little ritual. Just find something—anything, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t have to be my thing. It can be your thing. But I want you to find something that allows you both to find each other.
So, whether it’s the six-second kiss, or it’s just caressing each other on the shoulder, or the behind, or the back, or ruffling each other’s hair—anything else you can think of—find your thing and start implementing it just when you’re passing by each other.
Just start making it your little ritual.