Bonus Meditation: The Quest for Better Communication in Relationships

Meditation transcript: 

Hi, it’s Mary Kate again from “You, Me, & Ennui.” Thank you for listening to my conversation with Gemma Hartley about communication in relationships! I hope you come away from it with something new to think about. I know I’ll be thinking about how thoughtfully communicating our needs to others, and listening to theirs, is ultimately a way to feel closer to friends and loved ones—or at least get along with people we might not otherwise interact with! To help with that, our team is back with another bonus meditation that will offer you some questions to reflect on… some might apply to you, some might not, and that’s OK! I’ll pause briefly between each question, but if you need more time, just hit the pause button and take as long as you need. Try to find a comfortable position with your feet on the floor and close your eyes.

Think of a time when you entered a new relationship. This could be anything from dating someone new to moving in with a new roommate. Did you have a conversation about expectations? What did that look like? Or if not, what do you wish you discussed early on?

Because conflict is almost inevitable, what happened during your first disagreement? How did you come to a resolution? What did you learn from it?

How do you balance maintaining your boundaries with being open to compromise?

Can you identify who is the “planner” in your friendships and relationships? What are the pros and cons of this position? If it’s you, how do you feel about that role?

If your answer is “It depends,” reflect on where you are grateful to have your voice heard, and on the flip side, where you are grateful to have someone else take the lead.

Thanks again for spending time with us. We’ll see you next time on “You, Me, & Ennui.”

Music credit:

Purple LoFi Chill Beats – Reverse