If you’ve been following my blog, you have likely found a few themes run through my posts. Now, this may surprise you, but I am so excited to show you how someone you probably know and love demonstrates the theme of mindfulness. It’s Cookie Monster! Can you believe a Sesame Street character offers such great lessons in relationship skill-building?
Mindfulness is the art of being present and aware of your moment-to-moment experience. Only when we are emotionally present and self-aware can we have fulfilling relationships with our partners. Cookie Monster describes this as his own ability to “#controlmyself” when he is faced with a tempting bowl of cookies. That lovable monster used to constantly fall victim to his impulses, but he’s since learned to take a step back and react to pressure with finesse.
If your initial impulse or reaction to an issue in your relationship is negative (say, when your partner irritates you), it will probably be beneficial for you to take a step back and practice mindfulness like Cookie Monster does. So often, we get lost in peripheral layers of our experiences that aren’t really true to who we are, and our partner gets the wrong message about what’s really going on.
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