Till Conscious Uncoupling Do Us Part

The twitter universe was abuzz when actress Gwyneth Paltrow announced on her digital media website GOOP, that after 11 years of marriage, she and her husband, Coldplay front-man Chris Martin, were “consciously uncoupling.”

#consciousuncoupling  . . . Say what?  Everyone else calls it a separation, split, break-up, or divorce. But Paltrow, known as somewhat of a lifestyle guru, thinks those terms carry too much negative baggage. So what, exactly, is conscious uncoupling?  Here are 3 main ideas that I’ve extracted from all the GOOP-y conscious-uncoupling gobbley-gook:

Conscious Uncoupling’s View of Divorce

1.  Divorce is to be Expected

Paltrow’s longtime health and spiritual advisers,  Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, explain that conscious uncoupling  involves re-examining and changing our beliefs about marriage and divorce. They suggest that the high divorce rate is a calling “to learn a new way of being in relationships”–to reject the modern notion that marriage should be a life-long commitment. If you expect to be married several times in your life, then divorce is a normal, expected part of journey. You can consciously uncouple from one spouse and then consciously couple with someone else down the road.

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