WATCH Architects of Change Conversation: Maria Shriver & Katherine Woodward Thomas on Achieving Healthy Relationships

For December’s Architects of Change: The Conversation Series live event, Maria Shriver sat down with Katherine Woodward Thomas, author of “Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After,” to discuss how to rethink healthy relationships, breaking up and our own internal emotional awareness.

In the two-minute clip above, Shriver asked what Thomas’s main insight and building block would be for the audience in the room and here in our digital community to make their lives, and therefore their communities and the world, better.

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“I know each and every one of us has gifts inside of us,” Thomas answered. “We have greatness inside of us that has never been brought forward… And very often our impulse to be change makers will begin with a complaint: the things that we don’t like, that we see are not working, that upset us terribly. And I want to invite all of us to turn the complaint into a commitment.” Watch the clip above to hear the Woodward Thomas’ most important piece of insight shared with the audience.

Thomas also discussed her techniques for promoting positive growth at the end of relationships. “Break ups are a crossroads,” Thomas explained. “No one is going to stand still after a break up. You either live a diminished life… [or] if you can use the heartache to really grow yourself, that’s what it is to turn the worst thing that ever happened to you into the best thing that ever happened to you.”

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One key is moving away from shame through empowered self-reflection, which is important for all areas of our lives as well:

Thomas then explained the five steps for “conscious uncoupling,” what it takes to have a healthy break up, and finding the crucial awareness of what’s happening inside of us, or what she dubs “interiority,” for positive internal growth.  Watch the full video of the conversation below to learn more. To join us for an upcoming Architect of Change: The Conversation (Patrick Kennedy, Kris Jenner, Seth & Lauren Rogen coming in early 2016), sign up here.

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