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Nurturing the Soul of Your Family (Chapter 2)

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family (Chapter 2)

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What would it feel like to experience more ease, harmony, and flow in the midst of navigating homework squabbles, mealtimes, commutes, and the other challenges of everyday life? Nurturing the Soul of Your Family is a guidebook for personal and spiritual renewal from the award-winning author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. It offers nurturing support and practical ideas to guide you toward a new way of being. Enjoyable, down-to-earth, and empowering, Renée Peterson Trudeau’s ten paths to peace will help you learn how to:

• find your center and move through chaos and uncertainty with renewed strength and ease
• live every day aligned with your values and what matters most
• slow down, tap the wisdom of your wise self, and know what’s best for you and your family
• release old habits, fears, and anxieties as you explore a new way of being
• access more joy by living in the present moment (the best antidote to stress!)
• experience more freedom and unscheduled time
What would it feel like to experience more ease, harmony, and flow in the midst of navigating homework squabbles, mealtimes, commutes, and the other challenges of everyday life? Nurturing the Soul of Your Family is a guidebook for personal and spiritual renewal from the award-winning author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. It offers nurturing support and practical ideas to guide you toward a new way of being. Enjoyable, down-to-earth, and empowering, Renée Peterson Trudeau’s ten paths to peace will help you learn how to:

• find your center and move through chaos and uncertainty with renewed strength and ease
• live every day aligned with your values and what matters most
• slow down, tap the wisdom of your wise self, and know what’s best for you and your family
• release old habits, fears, and anxieties as you explore a new way of being
• access more joy by living in the present moment (the best antidote to stress!)
• experience more freedom and unscheduled time

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PEACE BEGINS with ME:A JOURNEY to WHOLENESS
Chapter 2
During my twenties
and throughout much of my thirties,
 
my internal dialogue went like this: “Relationships are hard, and I don’t really have any great models for how to be in a relationship, so I’ll probably never be very successful.” My parents divorced at age forty-eight after twenty-six years of marriage and seven kids together. Both sets of grandparents went through divorces, my brother divorced after fourteen years of marriage, and I’ve had good friends in long-term marriages that ended in divorce.Can you relate? A few years ago my husband and I visited Big Sur, California, to cel-ebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. During our vacation, I realized how much I had changed in the past ten years — regarding how I view my hus-band, myself, and our partnership. For instance, one morning while hiking down a quiet sandy trail that led to the ocean, I asked my husband some big “life questions.” He paused for a while and responded thoughtfully. Then I waited to see if he’d reciprocate and ask me the same questions.
 
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He didn’t. And I was fine. Actually, more than fine.Ten years ago, I would have been irritated, hurt, and possibly angry for hours at his “insensitivity.” I would have perceived this as a barrier to our emotional intimacy! Today, after a lot of inner exploration, I’ve come to understand three things that changed how I viewed this experience: First, my beloved is an introvert. His internal world is vast and rich, and he needs time and space to digest introspective questions. Second, he and I don’t need to talk or discuss every topic to enjoy intimacy. Often our most intimate moments are found in silence. But most of all, I no longer need my husband to make me feel complete or whole. I know who I am. I am in touch with my needs. If something is important to me, I can bring it up and explore it with him, and he’s always receptive to listening. I felt giddy at this realization, and we finished our walk to the waves in silence. Later, I also shared this epiphany with him. Of course, at first he felt horrible for not reciprocating my questions, until I explained that I was mentioning it, not because I was upset, but only to share the important things I’d realized about myself.
UPON ARRIVAL, PROCEED to BAGGAGE CLAIM
Relationships of all types can be challenging. In particular, family members, partners, and children often develop a sixth sense for how to push our but-tons. For myself, to become less reactive, I’ve had to slowly become more self-aware, compassionate, loving toward myself, and attuned to my needs  — which has made me a much more emotionally present parent and partner. Some of the keys are to show up in our relationships with a soft and open heart, a healthy perspective, and a full cup rather than a half-empty one. Before we can do that, however, we have to examine ourselves: we have to release and heal old self-limiting beliefs by understanding what we’re hold-ing on to and why.We all have emotional baggage. Ever heard the phrase “the issues are in the tissues”? Our beliefs, scars, and old patterns from our family lineage, childhood, culture, education, and birth order all significantly affect our

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