Speaking Your Truth in Relationships
Taking responsibility in our relationships means cultivating the capacity to be wrong or to have made a mistake. When we are courageous enough to take personal responsibility, we stop the finger pointing and are able to connect to our partner in the most difficult times.
You don't want to miss this interview with our Jamaican New Times Best Selling Author Simone Myrie , who I consider one of the most Intellectual , Talented, Caring ,Loving , Kind , Passionate , Selflessness Human that ever walk on this planet earth. Believe me when I tell you she really knows her craft, and I'm pretty sure you will learn some things you didn't know before. Read on to find out
Simone Myrie says Relationships are difficult -- but relationships shouldn't be difficult because of communication issues, trouble in the bedroom, building or rebuilding trust, financial pressures -- or any of the other problems that top the lists of reasons couples fail, seek counseling, or divorce. Those struggles are symptoms of a deeper issue that plagues almost every couple. Even with all of the self-help books and therapies out there, we have failed to move the needle on creating passionate, loving relationships that stand the test of time. In this interview, you'll learn how to be a more mindful and present partner, to speak your truth even when it's uncomfortable, and to rebuild trust and love .
A Candid Interview With Simone Myrie
Torrent Taylor: Hi Simone , thank you for joining me. Congratulation on receiving International Women Achievers Award Philanthropist of the year 2020 .Tell me, why do we humans have such a difficult time being in relationships, and what is the most common thing we are doing wrong?
Simone Myrie : Thank you so much
We are not taught how to be in a relationship. Relationships seem to fall in the same category as getting a mortgage, purchasing a car, or filing your taxes. There are no courses in college and there are no curriculums in high school that offer a how-to in any of these subjects, but somehow we're supposed to know how to do them. However, statistics show that in fact we don't really know how to be in a relationship.
The question I get asked all the time is, "Should my relationship be this difficult?" I think people are looking for me to say, "No, of course not. Relationships should be easy if they are meant to be." But my answer to their question is a firm YES! Yes, your relationship should not be this difficult but not for the reasons you're currently experiencing. You see, relationships shouldn't be difficult because of communication issues, problems in the bedroom, differences about money or how to raise the kids--these are some of the reasons that couples experience problems.
I believe relationships should not be difficult because they ask more of us. A good relationship asks us to be more mindful of ourselves and how we show up with our partners. Good relationships ask us to look at the internal stories or narratives that we create about our partners and ask, is that fair? Is it compassionate? Is it formed out of love? Or is it formed out of fear and resentment? A good relationship is challenging because it asks us to take responsibility in places where we might prefer to place blame.
We don't see relationships as growth opportunities, and that's where we are getting it wrong. This is why they can feel so hard. I can tell you personally that the most difficult times in my own relationship have also been the most rewarding. They were the moments when they
asked more of me, to do better, to show up differently, to show up better. It wasn't always easy and I didn't always like it, but it made me a better
woman and a better friend. Ultimately it has made me a better parent as well. I like to think that I've done the same for her.
Torrent Taylor: What can people expect to discover about themselves ?
Simone Myrie : People can expect to learn whether or not they are truly showing up for their partners. If a relationship is to thrive, learning how to "show up" in the most mindful, most mature, and most vulnerable parts of ourselves has to be the imperative. It is from this position, and this position only, that couples can begin to change their habits with one another, thus changing the very culture of their relationship. It has been my experience that romantic partners are uniquely designed to bump into our wounds. The vulnerability of love typically demands that we cover up and protect our hearts from further injury. I teach individuals should show up in the sides of themselves that can actually connect and can truly love and be loved in a new and profound way.
Torrent Taylor : You state: "Mindfulness- like this topic
take advantage of the plasticity of the brain-- you will build new neural pathways and create new habits in your relationship." Tell me more about this.
Simone Myrie : The latest research on the plasticity of the brain is pretty exciting. It basically states that in just six to eight short weeks of mindful practice, we begin to change our neural pathways, which means changing the way we think and the way we react. I fashioned our mind and many of the exercises after the same mindfulness that were used in those studies. Mindfulness affords us the opportunity to stop, take a moment, and truly consider our old ways of thinking and behaving. From this place, we can make new and better choices that begin the process of changing those well-worn grooves in the brain. These studies on mindfulness and our ability to change our brains are blowing the roof off years of scientific dogma. We can change how we react and think, and we can do so in our romantic relationships. We as human can puts these two pieces together in a way that is both digestible and actionable in real life for real couples.
Torrent Taylor : You sometimes speak that relationship has lots of homework. Please explain the "What Part Is Here" exercise.
Simone Myrie : People often seek couples therapy because of poor communication. What most people don't understand, and what this course highlights, is that people rarely have communication problems. What they actually have is a part of self-problem. You see, we all have different parts of self that show up depending on the people, places, and things we come in contact with. For example, we are different at work than we are with family or at a cocktail party. The latest research on compartmentalization of the mind says that these aren't just moods but separate and distinct sub-personalities or parts of self.
I take advantage of this research and ask, "What part of you comes to the table in your relationship when things get difficult?" If you are having trouble relating or communicating, you are probably in a part of self that is charged with protecting or keeping you safe, and this side of yourself is not capable of intimacy. We can think of our parts as similar to apps on a cell phone, each with its own skills and abilities. With this idea in mind, you wouldn't want to be on Instagram if your goal was to send an email. Likewise, you don't want to be in a shutdown or protective part of self if intimacy and connection is your goal.
Uses mindfulness-based practices to uncover the parts of self that come to play in your relationship. The age-old practice of "naming" gets practitioners in touch with what they are thinking and feeling on a moment-to-moment basis. I add another dimension to this practice by asking, "What parts of you show up and when?" Participants begin to get to know themselves in a new and profound way. They also learn to use the parts of themselves more skillfully and mindfully. This practice has the effect of breathing more compassion and kindness into couples discourse. Couples report being able to finally communicate about previously "off-limits" subjects.
For the most part, the couples-therapy industry has been putting the cart before the horse when dealing with couples communication. People simply cannot communicate effectively from wounded or protective sides of self. I believe that interactions between couples begin with knowing what part of you is here and if that part is open to connection. If the wrong part is present, any attempt at intimacy is dead in the water.
Torrent Taylor : .What I like about this is that you have people getting to work immediately on their relationship. Tell me more about this structure.
Simone Myrie : If we want to be good at anything, we need to practice it, and this includes our love relationships. I tell couples that it's not about the time they spend in session as much as it is about what you do outside of session. Meaning, the more you practice , the better off you and your partner will be. At the end of the day, we are trying to change habits--in some cases long-standing, long-held habits. I want to get the couples who are reading my book "Habits of Happy, Healthy Couples: Nurturing A Relationship", really investing in themselves and investing in their relationships by practicing these tools every day, all of the time. If they can do this, then they have a real opportunity to create something truly special.
Torrent Taylor : Who should Purchase your Book?
Simone Myrie : The most obvious answer would be those whose relationship is in jeopardy. I wrote this book because I needed a way to work with couples that was sophisticated enough to tackle the often multilayered and complex issues they face, while also giving them tools that were simple enough to use in real-life situations when emotions run high. However, this course is actually for anyone. It has been my experience that couples who start working on their relationship early on tend to be happier and stay together longer. They don't incur the same "scar tissue" in their relationships that I see in so many who have waited to do their work, hoping that their problems would go away or work themselves out with time. This book offers couples the opportunity to build what I call a "culture" between partners that is centered in kindness, compassion, empathy, and reverence for one another. So couples who are just starting out really benefit from this book because they afford themselves the chance to form good habits early. It's an amazing premarital book for sure. Honestly, I wish I could put it on bridal registries!