When it comes to meditation, some people are quick to point out its health benefits including lower blood pressure and decreased anxiety.
But meditation doesn’t just affect your physical health. It also affects your mental health and the benefits can be showcased in your relationships. Here are just a few of the relationship benefits you’ll get if you regularly practice meditation:
The Ability to Listen
Meditation teaches you how to be present in the moment. It gives you the chance to check in with your mind and body. More importantly, it teaches you how to listen. This can come in handy when it comes to defusing arguments with your spouse or loved ones.
You and your spouse frequently argue over who should unload the dishes from the dishwasher. One morning, your spouse is particularly mad that dishes are still in the dishwasher. Normally, when your spouse gets angry at you over this, your instinctive response is to go on the defensive.
If you’ve been meditating, then you know to slow down your mind and tune into your partner. You notice how tired or stressed they are and instead say, “Hey, babe. I’ll handle the unloading today. You look tired. Is there something else I could take off your plate?”
The Ability to Step Back
Sometimes, the ones we love disappoint us – we’re all human. On those days, it’s easy to start focusing on everything you do for your family and everything your spouse doesn’t do.
You might vent to a co-worker, “I chauffeur the kids every evening so they can have time to de-stress after work. But they complain when I ask them to do something simple like pack the children’s lunch bags.” We’ve all been there.
Meditating helps you remember that the universe is vast, and these problems are small in the grand scheme of things. It doesn’t mean you’re not irritated and that your feelings are wrong. It just means you don’t let that irritation develop into something bigger the next time you see your spouse.
The Ability to Show Compassion
Your friend who can’t keep a job for more than a few months is complaining about their financial issues again. You love your friend, but they always create their own problems and ask you for a solution.
Meditating allows you to feel compassion for them without getting sucked into their drama. You empathize with their lack of money by saying, “It stinks when finances are tight. But things will get better if you hang in there.”
Then you change the subject of the conversation. Your friend feels like they were heard, and you avoided the usual theatrics. That’s a win-win.
Meditation is a good practice that can benefit your life in many ways. But like all practices, you get what you give. Meaning, you must make meditation a priority and do it regularly in order to reap all of the benefits for your relationships.