Marriage is both a natural institution and a sacred union. This beautiful bond requires constant nurturing from both partners. In the time spent together, one soon realises that communication is integral and the very backbone of any healthy relationship, with conflicts being an inevitable part of it. However, conflicts, if not handled properly, can lead to bitterness and resentment, affecting the harmony of the relationship.
The implementation of spiritual practices can help in improving communication and resolving conflicts in a marriage.
In Vedic Philosophy, it is explained how both ‘Purush’ and ‘Prakriti’ complement each other to manifest all aspects of life and the entire universe. Either one remains incomplete without the other. These two complementary forces are beautifully shown in the Yin-Yang diagram of Chinese Philosophy as well. From the east to the west, it is believed that men are from Mars and women are from Venus to explain how they both differ and still complement each other.
Spirituality is a journey towards self-discovery, understanding the purpose of life, and connecting with one’s higher self to understand oneself and their partner. Spiritual practices can have a profound impact on an individual's emotional and mental well-being, leading to better communication and conflict resolution in marriage.
Here’s what couples can do to improve their spiritual connection.
One of the most effective spiritual practices is mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, observing thoughts and emotions without judgment. Mindfulness helps increase self-awareness, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve emotional regulation. It also helps a person to become non-judgmental, an important quality to resolve any conflict. When a person is mindful, they are better able to communicate their thoughts and feelings without getting overwhelmed by emotions. Mindful communication allows for a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives, leading to better conflict resolution.
Meditation is another spiritual practice that involves focusing the mind on a specific object or thought, leading to a state of deep relaxation and mental clarity. Regular meditation practice can help in reducing stress and anxiety, enhancing emotional regulation, and promoting a sense of inner peace and calm. When partners meditate together, it can create a shared experience that deepens the connection and understanding between them. Meditation also helps in developing empathy and compassion, which can be useful in resolving conflicts.
Prayer is a spiritual practice that involves communicating with a higher power. When partners pray together, it can create a shared experience that deepens their connection and understanding. Prayer can also help in developing a sense of gratitude, which is essential for a healthy relationship.
Gratitude helps in focusing on the positive aspects of the relationship, leading to better communication and conflict resolution. Gratitude is a spiritual practice that involves appreciating the blessings in one's life. When partners practice gratitude, they are better able to appreciate each other's efforts and contributions, leading to a deeper sense of connection and understanding.
Thus, spiritual practices offer an array of benefits that can help couples improve communication and resolve conflicts in their marriage. These practices help to deepen the understanding and connection between partners, enhance emotional regulation, and promote a sense of inner peace and calm. By embracing the above explained spiritual practices, couples can cultivate a stronger and more resilient relationship that can withstand the challenges that inevitably arise in any long-term partnership.
Inputs by Dr. Kulbhushan Bhatt, Philanthropist, Author & Spiritual Guru, Founder of Sompanne - Alchemy of Time & Space