06 February 2009

the dance of intimacy.

*got this in an email ... although I've read it before, it's still a great read and wanted to share with you all ... and if you've also seen this before just look at it like a helpful reminder ... enjoy*


Coming Back to Center in a Relationship

Anyone in a long-term relationship knows that the dance of intimacy involves coming together and moving apart. Early in a relationship, intense periods of closeness are important in order to establish the ground of a new union. Just as a sapling needs a lot more attention than a full-grown tree, budding relationships demand time and attention if they are to fully take root. Once they become more established, the individuals in the union begin to turn their attention outward again, to the other parts of their lives that matter, such as work, family, and friendships. This is natural and healthy. Yet, if a long-term relationship is to last, turning towards one another recurrently, with the same curiosity, attention, and nurturance of earlier times, is essential.

In a busy and demanding world full of obligations and opportunities, we sometimes lose track of our primary relationships, thinking they will tend to themselves. We may have the best intentions when we think about how nice it would be to surprise our partner with a gift or establish a weekly date night. Yet somehow, life gets in the way. We may think that our love is strong enough to survive without attention. Yet even mature trees need water and care if they are to thrive.

One of the best ways to nourish a relationship is through communication. If you feel that a distance has grown between you and your partner, you may be able to bridge the gap by sharing how you feel. Do your best to avoid blame and regret. Focus instead on the positive, which is the fact that you want to grow closer together. Sometimes, just acknowledging that there is distance between you has the effect of bringing the relationship into balance. In other cases, more intense effort and attention may be required. You may want to set aside time to talk and come up with solutions together. Remember to have compassion for each other. You’re in the same boat together and trying to maintain the right balance of space and togetherness to keep your relationship healthy and thriving. Express faith and confidence in each other, and enjoy the slow dance of intimacy that can resume between the two of you.

5 comments:

Assertive Wit said...

this was a good read.
I think it's good advice for any relationship though :)

Beautifully.Conjured.Up said...

I love this post. This has so many truths in it, and I hope more couples (and single people) read this, for I love to see people in healthy relationships.

J.Rae said...

i had to get a new blog :( deleted the old one. its www.raecouture.blogspot.com

J.Rae said...

can i email this to my friends?! lol the post that is. i read this earlier and it makes so much sense yet none of us do it !

SECRET DIARY (SecretDiary) said...

interesting...