The University of Missouri recently released findings that spirituality, regardless of particular religion or practice, can be uplifting for your mental health*. At One Whole Health, I see time and time again that not only can a regular spiritual practice improve your frame of mind, but it can even improve your marriage.
When clients first begin a health coaching program, I ask them to rate their satisfaction with many areas of their life, including their primary relationships. When someone feels their relationship is the cause of their discontent with life, I coach them to look to a spiritual practice for answers. What they find often surprises them.
Whether it be through regular prayer, meditation or reading spiritual works, introducing spirituality into your relationship allows you to:
1) Feel connected to a greater whole and ease up on expectations of your spouse.
2) Focus on the present moment and let go of the past.
3) Learn forgiveness-of yourself and your partner.
4) Create a positive self-perception that elevates your relationship.
5) Develop responsibility for your own happiness without depending on your spouse.
As one client recently put it, “I understand now that the road to a happy marriage starts with me. Until I love myself, I can’t love him fully and can’t receive the love he has for me”
Not sure how to begin a spiritual practice? Schedule a “Best You Yet” Strategy Session to get started.
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