The best practice you can do with your partner, even if you won't believe me at first
Stay with me here. Don’t dismiss it just because the name sounds strange or weird. Let me explain.
Eye Gazing or Soul Gazing
I’m surprised I didn’t write about this practice before.
This is one of the best things you can do with your partner and it is as simple as it gets. Can be done any time, doesn’t cost anything, doesn’t require any prep, and only takes a minute or two. It’s beautiful, profound, gentle, connected and very loving.
Here’s how you do it.
You look into each other eyes.
Yogis call it eye gazing or soul gazing.
You don’t have to do anything. You are staying in silence. Relax your body, relax the muscles of your face, your jaw, soften your gaze, take a deep breath and look. Make sure you are comfortable. Drop the agenda. Stay there.
It’s not a staring contest. You can (and will) blink. You can close your eyes. You might giggle if you haven’t done it before. It might feel strange. It might feel vulnerable. You might feel tears coming up - it’s all good. It’s all normal.
And then what? Nothing. You stay with each other. Present. Silent. Connected.
Breathe. Soften more. Bring your awareness to your partner. Allow yourself to be seen, as you are, in this moment; and see your partner as they are - not what you think or know about them, not how they were yesterday, not how you need them to be - but as they are.
It’s your safe space, your bubble. Space free from judgment, expectations, comparisons - just the two of you, in your own universe
Sometimes couples recognize that they haven’t really “seen” each other in a very long time. They see each other every day, and yet, they don’t really SEE.
Some couples recognize that they’ve “lost each other” long time ago. This is how you start reconnecting.
Stay with it for 15-20 seconds at first, taking a few deep breaths. But the invitation is to go longer. Don’t force it of course, never force anything. Just be mindful, pay attention, notice - and you will feel a change within you. Your mind goes quiet, your body relaxes, your heart opens. You feel more connected with your partner, you feel more connected with yourself.
If silence feels awkward, play a slow song, maybe without lyrics at first so you are not distracted. You will soon recognize that there’s nothing awkward about this, and you will question - why was it even awkward to begin with? Set a timer, if needed, build it up to a minute or 2.
When compete, give each other a hug. A real hug. Not a pat on the back, not a bear squeeze, a heart to heart, body to body, embrace. Take another 2-3 deep breaths together. Don't rush through it. Feel it all.
You might’ve seen some articles in the last few years that say that strangers fall in love when they look into each other’s eyes for 4 minutes. Why not try it and fall in love with your partner all over again?
I can’t tell you how good it can feel no more than I can tell you how amazing a strawberry tastes when you pick it up from your garden on a warm summer morning - you got to have that experience to know, to taste it for yourself.
So try it. Let me know what happens.