"When all your desires are distilled
You will cast two votes:
To love more. And be happy."
Human beings are social creatures; we have the desire and passion to deeply connect with one another, to love and be loved, to understand and be understood. These desires are universal, and when they stem from a place of wholeness, our relationships can thrive.
Often, however, we can experience conflict in our relationships and feelings of bitterness, resentment, fear, and anger can cause us to lose our passion to connect in loving ways, resulting in damaged and broken relationships.
Many obstacles to manifesting healthy relationships can be overcome by improving our communication with one another. Opening the channels of effective communication helps us build trust and reduce stress.
The Four Steps of Nonviolent Communication
We can begin to communicate more effectively with our loved ones by practicing nonviolent communication, a powerful technique developed by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg. Whenever we find ourselves in conflict with someone in our lives, asking ourselves the following questions will bring clarity to our feelings and help us communicate with awareness and compassion.
By committing to the practice of creating positive relationships and communicating with awareness, we also commit to inviting greater joy and passion into our lives. As we embrace healthy relationships, let us be guided by this mantra: I live in the flow of passion and love, and see how richly our desires are fulfilled.
Nirmala Raniga is an addiction specialist and the founder of the Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center, a unique residential addiction recovery treatment center in Squamish Valley, B.C., Canada. The Chopra Addiction and Wellness Center offers holistic recovery programs based on the Freedom from Addiction approach developed by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and David Simon, M.D. Combining modern Western medicine with Eastern healing traditions, the Chopra Addiction treatment program includes instruction in meditation, yoga, and other mind-body wellness practices.