We’re diving deep into nurturing intimacy in our marriages, and we’re now on week 4 of our enlightening series. As we journey together, I’ve been moved by the responses I’ve received, particularly about the longing for intimacy in relationships. It’s a shared desire: connection, belonging, and intimacy. However, nurturing intimacy starts by looking within ourselves, especially when distance creeps in between partners.

In this week’s episode, we’re exploring the profound connection between compassion and empathy, drawing from Brene Brown’s Atlas of the Heart. Brown beautifully articulates how compassion is a daily practice, while empathy is a powerful tool within compassion. She highlights the significance of cognitive empathy in fostering meaningful connections, allowing us to understand and reflect on another person’s emotions.

We’ll delve into Theresa Wiseman’s research on empathy, exploring the four attributes she assigned to empathy and incorporating a fifth attribute from Kristin Neff’s work on self-compassion. From perspective-taking to practicing mindfulness, we’ll uncover the essential elements of empathetic connection.

To bring these concepts to life, I’ll share a vulnerable experience from my own life, offering insights into how empathy can transform conflicts into opportunities for deeper understanding and connection.

As we explore empathy, I invite you to pay attention to the riffs that arise in your relationships and embrace curiosity as a pathway to understanding. And if you find yourself grappling with empathy or facing challenges in your relationship, consider booking a Courageous Love Conversation with me. Together, we’ll navigate through the complexities and discover actionable steps towards a more connected and fulfilling relationship.

Remember, struggles are not setbacks but opportunities for growth and deeper connection. Let’s commit to taking steps forward, hand in hand, towards the intimacy we desire.

Tune in to Episode 155: Hearts Unveiled Pt 4: Nurturing Marital Intimacy with Empathy, and let’s continue this transformative journey together.

With warmth and encouragement,
Christine

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I am a marriage coach helping women and couples turn their loveless & disconnected marriage into something better than they ever imagined possible. My process starts by helping you figure out what it is you even want in your marriage because face it, it’s been a while since you’ve dreamed of what your future could look like. Once you’ve started to open up to what is possible together we create a path towards the marriage you crave.

If you feel sad and powerless about your marriage’s state of affairs, I’d love to chat with you about how you’re feeling and what moving towards something different could look like. Book your Courageous Love Conversation Inquiry Call today, and let’s talk about how to get started. 

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