Tantra guru Osho likens two people in a relationship to two columns in a building. They stand side by side, holding up one roof. Each is independent of the other, but works together.
Most families spend more time planning what's for dinner than they do planning their lives. Mapping out the future can and should be insightful and even fun! Our busy lives rarely present a perfect time for big picture planning, so let's take advantage of the global pause provided by Covid to reflect on our relationship commitments and redirect our lives with clear intention, loving partnership, and perhaps an 18 inch pizza.
Relationships are soul contracts, many of which have expiration dates. When the time comes to part ways, mediation helps couples separate with integrity, minimizes conflict through focused and productive conversation, and provides safe space for families to reinvent themselves. Good mediated separations agreements can demonstrate the many ways to be a happy family. Check out this interview with Our Happy Divorce co-author Ben Heldfond.
Parents and children often have different ideas about... well, everything. Intergenerational disagreements on topics like curfews, grades, dating, discipline, and screen time leave family members feeling unheard and misunderstood. Mediation is an AWESOME tool to reel in those tough conversations. A terrific supplement to therapy, this is a productive, "future-focused-positive" interaction that allows everyone a chance to be heard and understood.