Empty Nesting Reconnecting Exercises

Empty Nesting Reconnecting Exercises

Communication is everything in giving and receiving, whether you have a partner or live alone most people experience one of these two emotions when the last child leaves the nest. 

  1. LOSS: the fact or process of losing something or someone.  
  2. REJOICE: feel or show great joy or delight.

I have put together a 5 step process for an empty nesting reconnecting exercise, to ease the transition in getting through the emotion that comes with the change.

Step one:

Acknowledging your feeling will help you step into this new stage of life, if you are a single parent, ask a trusted friend to be your support while going through these steps. To get started, set a timer for three minutes on vibrate as you will each be taking turns sharing and communicating. The first person will be the listener and hold the timer on their lap and then reverse roles and repeat as necessary.  

Step two:

Place two chairs side by side facing in opposite directions, with shoulders touching and eyes closed.

This provides an energetic connection between the two of you, which allows the freedom to release your thoughts without judgment. Not seeing the other persons reactions allows you to open up, and also gives the person who is receiving to have a clear mind with no distractions.

Step three:

The giver can now be the listener and share their thoughts for three minutes, this is your moment to connect with yourself and be a witness to the role of the listener. 

When the timer goes off, the listener will gently touch the shoulder of the other person who will then finish whatever they were saying and then show gratitude to their witness by saying “thank you for hearing me and being there for me today and always.”

Step Four:

Now repeat … this can now be done without the timer where you just listen to each other and let the other person know you are done with the same soft touch on the shoulder.

Final Step:

After you have both spoken turn the chairs to face each other, knee to knee looking into each other’s eyes, each taking a turn and shares with each other what they heard, and ending by saying “thank you for trusting me with your heart.” 

After you are both done, with a soft smile to signify peace and harmony just hold hands and sit in silence gazing into each other’s eyes. You will naturally release when you are both ready.

Thank you for taking the time to do this exercise and I hope this has helped you in opening your lines of communication.

To hear more about the transition of empty nesting, click below and watch #LabourofLoveTechnique22

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Cheryl Besner – The LifeStylist

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