With affairs of the heart, we tend to want to grasp, cling and try to control because we are so afraid of getting hurt, losing control or losing the love. We try to manipulate and morph our person into who we think he\she should be in order for us to feel comfortable. What we have not yet understood, is that all of those behaviors cause separation instead of unity. Attack and control never really gain any forward ground. We may be able to beat our partner into submission temporarily, but no true healing or connectedness has occurred.
In times of strife in our relationships, gentleness and kindness is key. When we can find a balance between our self-worth and self-respect and couple that with kindness, we can gain much ground toward improving our union. Kindness open hearts and allows for sight and sound and all anyone really ever wants is to feel seen and heard. Once someone feels seen and heard, egos relax and healing can happen. We simply will not get very far with manipulation strategies and forcing others’ to acquiesce to our ways.
Love is the great miracle cure.
Love (not meaning goo-goo ga-ga, I’m-going-to-die-without-you love), but Real Love, the kind that encompasses the graces of compassion, forgiveness, understanding, insightfulness and kindness is the entryway to conflict resolution. Any actions rooted in love, including well-thought out and placed boundaries, are never wrong. What is rooted in Love, is rooted in truth and it is truth that can set us free.
This is not to say that this plan is foolproof for ALL relationships. It’s all depending on both individual parties and where each one is at in his/her own spiritual growth/path. If a person truly wants for healing, your kindness and gentleness can be just the key to allow this to happen. If your person doesn’t value you or your union, nothing is going to work.
In my life, I’ve experienced both types of these partners: The partners who were not at all interested in growing or forming a more solid bond between us no matter what method of approach I used and the partner who truly wanted to seek for peace and healing and was willing to do what it took to get there. The former chose to stay stuck and living in his limited existence. The latter was willing to look at himself (as well as “call me out” appropriately) in order to enhance each others’ lives, seek resolution and to live more joyfully together.
Standing where I am now, I know for sure that having a firm sense of self-worth coupled with the kindness in our heart, can perform miracles in our relationships. Where we were once misunderstood, we can now be heard. Where there was once fear, there can now be safety. Where there was once separation and conflict there can now be true connection and peace.