Should You Recycle Your Relationships?

Arielle Ford by Arielle Ford | July 29th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships

Should You Date an Ex?

Dear Arielle and Brian,

I’ve been putting out the vibes to call in a soulmate and as a result a couple of my exes are showing up. In particular, I had a reunion with my most recent ex of last year and it was quite magical.

What do you do when you are calling in “the one” and then get distracted by the recycles who become magnetized? And I’m now wondering whether he is “the one”? I realize that it comes down to discerning which one is the right one. In many ways, the familiar has an advantage because they already cherish me and know my heart versus a new man coming in and not knowing much about me. The negative side of this is that it didn’t work before and why go down that road again?

What advice do you have for me?



Dear Michelle,

Some of the comfort and ease you might be feeling with your ex is related to brain chemistry. As soon as you smelled him again, parts of your brain DNA were triggered by pleasurable memories that may or may not have any meaning when it comes to determining if he is the one for you. Our first question to you is this: Are you committed to your own long-term happiness? If so, do you want a partner with whom you share chemistry, compatibility, communication and a shared vision for the future? If so, then you have to seriously ask yourself: if the relationship with your ex didn’t work in the past, why do you think it will work now and in the future?

Can you see spending the next 30-40 years together? Does he make you happy? Did he change? Did you? Did circumstances? At some point you will seriously have to evaluate these things.

But since you don’t have to decide right this second whether or not to commit to him, why don’t you just date for a while? And, something to think about: when women have sex, the brain releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone, and you will think he’s the one even when he may not be.

We would like to remind you that all of us have many potential soulmates out there so take your time, and be sure to check in with your deepest heart before making any big decisions.

Good luck!

Arielle and Brian

Arielle Ford, author of The Soulmate Secret: Manifest the Love of Your Life with The Law of Attraction and her husband Brian Hilliard, a business consultant, answer your questions about life, love and relationships. They believe that whether you are eighteen or eighty years old, finding Big Love is always possible. Email your questions to:

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  1. yes we should

    Anonymous | July 30th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  2. Arielle and Brian, great advice and insight. I would not be rushing into a relationship the second time around!
    I wish you all the very best Michelle.

    Deborah | September 2nd, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  3. Good advice and good point about the bonding hormone. There’s nothing to prevent things from working out the second time around since people do change, become more mature, etc. But you don’t want to get trapped into an endless break-up and make-up cycle with the same person. Take it slow and if it doesn’t work out the second time, just let it go.

    Mike | December 29th, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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