Relationships do end, and it is important to stop viewing this as failure. The success or failure of a relationship should not be determined by it's length, but by our ability to allow another human being into our heart and grow from the experience.
I have seen some really nasty divorces, and I applaud Gwyneth's pledge to navigate the upcoming turbulent waters -- ones that are sure to dredge up deep insecurities and fears -- with mindful intention. It will not be easy.
True, calling her divorce a 'conscious uncoupling' may simply be a rebranding effort designed to avoid the stigma and trauma typically associated with the entire divorce process. Although the term may be silly, the goal itself is not.
Assuming that Gwyneth Paltrow's team invented the term 'consciously uncoupling,' I want to applaud them for the use of the term. For anyone that has ever been divorced, you know the feeling of being a complete loser.
Gwyneth interviewed us for her blog two years ago and cited our book, Conscious Loving, as one of her favorite relationship books. The phones have been busy here since the couple announced their split, with media inquiries about what "Conscious Uncoupling" is all about.