Stop Feeling Alone In Your Relationship
I know what it’s like to be feeling alone in your relationship. I experience that when I’m afraid. Sometimes I feel like I can’t talk openly and freely with my partner. I become afraid that if I share what is going on inside that I will lose my relationship. As the pain and disconnection becomes worse I finally realize my truths again:
- That I don’t want my relationship if that is how it is going to be and become open to change.
- I often base my expectations of his reactions on reactions I’ve seen from other people in the past. For example: my mother shared something with my father and he was explosively angry. My partner is not explosive – ever – and I forget that.
- I guess what his reaction will be when I really don’t know what it will be. I really like the solution Cynthia has given in Step 3.
- I underestimate the power of our love and commitment to each other. Usually, once we’ve talked in a positive way, when we’ve both seen each others point of view, we are able to work things out win-win.
I read this and just had to share! If you’re feeling alone in your relationship use this process please let me know how it worked for you. I prescribe similar things but I love how Cynthia has laid it out.
Experiencing Intimacy: Overcoming The Aloneness In Your Relationship
By Cynthia Belmer
Our intimate relationship with our significant other is a mirror of how we feel about ourselves and in life in general. Many of us face challenges opening up to our partners and talking about things that scare us the most in the relationship. When we are in this situation, a feeling of disconnection arises, and the mind makes a list of judgments of why we should keep some strict boundaries with our loved one. Little do we know how much we are damaging our relationship and how we are giving so much more power to our fear of intimacy.
A fear of Intimacy, often brings us to a situation where we get taken over by our emotions such as anger, feeling resentful for not getting what we need, being scared of getting hurt over and over again and being attached that we are right. Many just give up working through these challenges and walk away from the relationship, some others continue on sabotaging and pushing their loved one away. What we miss to realize is that the only way out from feeling stuck in this emotional disconnection is to turn towards the pain instead of turning away. Knowing that it is okay to be vulnerable with our partner and choosing to let them understand our pain without being scared of losing ourselves.
This moment of awareness brings us to the state of experiencing freedom, fearlessness and becoming a brave warrior: When we look at the problem or fear and move towards and beyond it; when we sit with it until we become so familiar and comfortable with it; when we talk about it openly and let our partner understand how we feel, let him/her help us and be there for us. Being intimate with ourselves through our emotions and fears, we allow ourselves to experience being fully human and we provide space for our partner to be closer to our heart and part of our lives.
So, if you are someone who is facing challenges opening up to your partner, below are some steps that might help you initiating an open and loving conversation:
Step 1: Meditate on the problem you are facing
Think through your problem first. Sit with your feeling and try to understand it a little bit deeper (If you are having hard time understanding it, that’s okay, it’s very normal and eventually you’ll get there). Try to understand what comes up for you in terms of feelings, emotions and write them down without any judgment.
Step 2: Understand why it is important for you to tell your partner about your feelings
This step is very important because it identifies the problem and helps you understand your wants and your needs.
Step 3: Use your imagination positively
Take a moment and visualize how would it feel like to have told your partner about this problem. What beautiful feelings come up in your heart? Where do you feel it in your body? Write your visualization, your feelings and read them over and over again.
Step 4: Schedule an official meeting
Send a meeting invitation to your partner and mention that you need their full attention. I found this to work really well especially to get the partner’s attention and to get them to be fully present.
Step 5: Ask for your needs
Before you discuss the topic, tell your partner how important it is for you to feel supported and heard during the meeting. Check-in with them to see if this is something they feel they can do. The answer is 99% of the time is yes or I will try!
Step 6: Turn your focus towards your heart and discuss the problem
Talk about what is going on whether it was in your life or in your relationship. What is your heart feeling? What does he need? If this is something related to your relationship, focus only on how you feel and not on all the things that are going wrong or the mistakes that the person is making. Remember, the meeting is about YOU!
Step 7: Request your wants
“Ask” your partner to show care and affection when you are done talking and state
how you would like to them to help you in this journey. What do you really want from them? What do you need to feel better?
Being close to our partner is so warming, loving and peaceful that it’s hard sometimes to navigate through a problem that keeps us distant. Turning towards our pain and fear does not mean that it will be very easy for us to open up, but it’s a step closer to find a way in towards our relationship instead of a way out. This is the pathway towards inner freedom, unconditional love and being a human being fully and naturally. Otherwise, we will keep pushing intimacy away over and over again until we finally surrender.