Recently I have been speaking on the topic of “relationships.” I’m thinking about this topic once again in preparation for my NEW monthly series entitled, “Relationships & the Zodiac” (where the Law of Attraction + the Zodiac meet!) It occured to me that we can indeed think of relationships as a spiritual practice. While this may seem a bit odd at first, consider that spiritual development can happen elsewhere than sitting in an ashram chanting OM. In fact, sitting and chanting is the easy part. Mixing it up in life with others is where the dicey part begins. Some of us avoid intimate relationships. Some of us jump in and become part of the spin cycle. And some of us are interested in learning from relationships to be better versions of ourselves.
Living with another (whether cohabiting or not) is a delicate balance. It involves the intersection of two lives complete with a history of “stories” for each. It involves the web of extended relationships each person is involved in. It reflects the mutual projections of each person upon the other. Not for the weak of heart, right?Know that there is much to gain and to learn, and ways to grow from experience in intimate relationships as well.
Here are just a couple of guidelines for us to remember. 1.) It’s all relationship. You cannot exist in this world without participating in a network of relationships. 2.) Be willing to accept full responsibility for your experience of all your relationships. The only common denominator in all of your relationships is YOU! 3.) Know that you are constantly projecting your stories, past experiences and fears onto your relationships. Get to know yourself in a compassionate and authentic way. This is an important prerequisite to having peaceful and joyful relationships with others. Oh, and 4.) Be light with it all. Enjoy yourself and the other person, and be open to what you two can joyously learn together!