Last but not least in a series on dating, sex, mindfulness and happiness, reblogged from 2010…

Portland Mindfulness Therapy

Relationships come and go. We date, we break up, we date again, we break up again.  Through all this dating, how much do we learn about how to have a good relationship? Often, very little. Too often these relationships are like two ships passing in the night–or more accurately, like two sponges trying to absorb something from one another, with little to go around.

The practice of mindfulness involves being aware of what is happening in the present moment. In meditation, we still the body and we train the mind to come back again and again to the present moment, usually to bodily sensations such as the breath. This practice has a point: life happens in the here-and-now, not in our heads.

We go into relationships with so many expectations: the conversations “should be like THIS”, the sex “should be like THAT,” the feeling I have about someone “should be…

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