They will ask you how you are feeling, however if you told them they would just say, ‘get over it’, so you bottle it all up inside. They say talk about it, but if you talk about it they would take you to task, so you bottle it up inside, the truth is it is over and there is nothing you can do to bring it back.
Loss hurts. Even a divorce without kids is often devastating. This is why it is important that we learn to identify when our relationship has come to a close and have the basic understanding of how to move on.
Moving On: The key to moving on is the work of taking control back and owning your life – and believe it or not, there’s a psychological technology for this. It’s called Radical Acceptance. As long as you live in regret, anger, anxiety and fear, there is no going forward. This is not to say that you don’t have to protect yourself, and sometimes, your children. Every case is different, and it is critical that you protect your rights and safety. But, moving on amounts to accepting and embracing the present, the future and not the pains of the past.
Six Healing Steps:
- Mourn – You sacrificed a lot for your marriage (or relationship) and it didn’t work out, and feeling hurt, anger, remorse, guilt, or shame is normal. Your will have to go through all the steps of grief. Denial, Bargaining, Anger, Depression and Acceptance will all course through you like tsunamis trying to take over. Get a good therapist and grieve properly. You may still be angry with your narcissistic ex or your adulterous husband or boyfriend, and that is a part of the healing process. If, however, you get stuck in one of the phases of grief, like anger or depression, make sure that you’re in good hands.
- Admit – Admit that you cannot control everything. The universe dealt you a hand, and focusing on how you could have played it better in the past or what may have happened with a different set of cards is rarely productive. Admit that breaking up cost you something – be it emotionally, financially, or both. Bad things do happen to good people. If you become stuck in a sense of injustice, you will miss much of what life has to offer and the world will miss what you have to offer in return. Some people form entire identities around a sense of being wronged, and many of them will go on to hurt others in the way you were hurt. It is enough to be victimized; don’t let the victim role victimize you as well.
- Trust – That things will get better, and you won’t feel this way forever. Healing is something your body wants. It’s something your children want. When you physically injure yourself, your body naturally reacts and begins to repair. Your soul is striving for equilibrium as well. Trust that you are prepared for the future and help yourself move on. Perhaps, this is a moment to become spiritual. Many people feel soothed by a sense of being held by a God who cares. And, if you are not inclined towards religion, spirituality can also put you in touch with the grandest of this world; you can see your story as part of a more complete whole. It is over, not you. Breathe deep and look around you. It can be liberating.
- Forgive – Forgive yourself, forgive the universe, and if possible — forgive your ex. Understand that everyone carries their own injuries, and that your ex is fighting his or her own demons.
- Make Centered Decisions – To forgive is not to forget. You are to become more aware in order to move forward with your life. If this means self-protection, than self protect. If this means, allowing the kids to see an ex that you hate, but who, nevertheless, has decent parenting skills – let it happen. The burdens of the past only prevent you from making the soundest decisions. And, taking care of business properly feels good.
- Accept – You are now in a place where you can understand what happened to you more clearly. Maybe your narcissistic husband or boyfriend did not truly love you. Acceptance is necessary, and at some point you need not fight the past. This does not mean that you shouldn’t learn from your mistakes — to accept means to see things clearly. We don’t need to go through life feeling like victims in order to protect ourselves.
It is important that as you feel the different emotions to know not to try to skip a feeling, delay a feeling or deny the feeling. Embrace the different emotions and you can when you understand the emotions and what they mean.
Grieving is the spiritual equivalent to the body slowly healing a bad wound. Grief brings you through pain to disbelief, to anger, to “only ifs,” to profound sadness, to loss — and then to acceptance. It gets triggered again and again, taking you over when you least expect it. But, grief does get worked through. The wound heals. We are left with acceptance and — I would like to argue — Radical Acceptance.
It is over!
If you are in the midst of a divorce, you gave up so much to make a marriage work. It didn’t. If he left you, then you are holding a bag of resentment and hurt. If you left him, you’ve been grieving the loss of your marriage for some time. We all want to rage at the world, or crawl into a depressed spot when we feel the injustice and randomness of our pain.
Radical Acceptance is a gift – for you and for everyone else in the world. If you try to shortcut your healing, you will not get there. It is over, losing a relationship is a loss, and grieving is required just like it is when we lose a parent or a loved one. Just know that there’s hope; a brighter tomorrow – and that Radical Acceptance can help you get there.
Radical Acceptance is an evolutionary good — because, you see, acceptance doesn’t mean passivity. It means freedom.Credit must be given to