The Zen of Intimate Relationships

Here are the first five principles we’ll consider.

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By Eric Maisel

In this series, I’d like to present principles and concepts from Zen Buddhism and invite you, through journal prompts, to consider how making use of these principles might improve your intimate relationships. In each post, I’ll present five principles and two journal prompts per principle. Please enjoy!

Here are the first five principles we’ll consider.

# 1 Mindfulness (Sati)

The concept of mindfulness refers to being fully present and attentive in the moment, observing thoughts and feelings without attachment or judgment. It is one of the Seven Factors of Enlightenment and a key component in the practice of meditation, emphasizing the importance of being present and fully aware in the moment.

+ Would it benefit you to become more fully aware of your loved one’s presence when the two of you are together?

+ Would it benefit you to simply observe your loved one without attachment or judgment, rather than judging him or her?

#2 Non-attachment (Aparigraha)

Non-attachment is the idea of letting go of desires and material possessions in order to achieve a state of inner freedom and peace…

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