Emotional Yoga: Why Flexibility is Good for Relationships | Psychology Today
Think about how amazing a good stretch feels. That magical moment when a tight muscle releases and you find freedom and lightness. Most of us understand the importance of physical flexibility. We realize that tightness is associated with pain and loss of movement. But do we consider our emotional flexibility? It’s so easy to rely on familiar thought patterns, to follow the well-worn grooves of the past. What might happen if you learn to stretch your emotional responses, to soften to discomfort, to release the tension?
Emotional yoga is one of the biggest lessons I am learning. Here are some of my experiences…
“I can’t” really means “I can’t right now”
Pain is best handled by softening rather than avoiding or tensing.
Keep an open mind; approach each encounter with curiosity rather than assumptions.