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Meditation and Mindfulness for Dealing with Resentment

Feelings of resentment are extremely common in relationships. If left unchecked, they can be destructive and can slowly erode away the foundations of healthy relationships.In romantic partnerships, resentment creates emotional distance and withdrawal of empathy between partners.

It can fuel the fire for destructive communication patterns such as criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. Additionally, partners stop turning toward each other for support and stop sharing their inner world so they inevitably drift apart. What causes resentment in relationships?Feelings of resentment are often rooted in past disappointments, feelings of betrayal, unresolved conflict, external interferences, and an imbalance in the relationship when it comes to sharing the load of responsibility.How can Meditation and Mindfulness help?Before we discuss how meditation and mindfulness can help work through feelings of resentment, we must first understand what it is.

Meditation is a broad category of practices and techniques that, through focusing on the present moment, promotes a state of increased awareness and well-being. Developing a meditation or mindfulness practice has many potential benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety, decreased physical pain, and can be helpful in processing difficult emotions such as resentment.Here are some of the ways that mindfulness and meditation practice can help you work through feelings of resentment:1. Helps you to be in the present momentBecause resentment is rooted in the past, meditation and mindfulness can help by bringing you into the present moment and help to understand how fixating on things that have happened in the past is impacting you in the present.The present moment

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