My partner and I have been using Agape fairly regularly for the past few months. I wanted to use it for a sustained period of time before writing a review so that I could see the longer-term effects of using it on our relationship. Overall we have found it helpful for starting conversations on topics that may not always naturally come up and as another avenue to show our appreciation for one another.
A common definition of compersion is sympathetic joy. It is the opposite of jealousy or possessiveness. Compersion arises even when the happiness of others is not directly connected or beneficial to us. An example of compersion is being happy for a friend that has been promoted at work – it is immaterial to your own situation, and your happiness comes from the fact that your friend is happy and successful. …
Friendships play a vital role in boosting our good health. As young children, the first relationships we start to navigate outside of our families are friendships, and friendships will be with us our entire lives in one way or another. Who we decide to spend our time with influences our personal, emotional, mental and spiritual development in significant ways.
The silent treatment can be a form of trying to contain our emotions not to hurt the other person in the heat of the moment. However, it can also be a form of ignoring a person to communicate power over them.
This is a fantastic explanation of how the stories we tell ourselves need exploring and reframing to a more compassionate, self-caring and self-valuing perspective. This process can help us say a healthy “no”. Check it out:
I have thoroughly enjoyed this little book by the Norwegian explorer, Erling Kagge. Here is why silence is so important.