March 13, 2015

10 Relationship Harsh Truths.


“I will take care of myself for you, and you will take care of yourself for me.” ~ Calvin & Hobbes

Chogyam Trungpa, the great Buddhist teacher, was a fan of relationships. He said that one’s partner was the ultimate spokesperson for the phenomenal world—someone who cared enough about us to go deep and be honest and be kind. Few folks in my life do that—and that’s probably similar in your life.

He compared a committed relationship to a snake in a bamboo tube–you can’t turn around. It is, therefore, the ultimate grounded test of our meditation practice—of who we are, and whether we’re growing up.

Relationships are confounding. Relationships are delightful. Relationships are humbling.

Here’s 10 mistaken notions we might have had wrong in the past, that we can drop now:


Often, the feeling isn’t mutual. Sometimes everything goes well but time or distance or jobs or health or accidents or former lovers intercede. Life is rough, and precious. Appreciate every morning.

“Sometimes you just can’t make someone love you no matter how hard you try.”

“Also, sometimes you can both love each other and it still not be enough to make it work.”

The one Buddhist Red Flag to be-aware of, and what to look for when looking for “The One”:

We won’t always get as much out of it as we put into it. Love is not fair.


Just because the sex is great doesn’t mean the relationship has merit. That said, we can try and work at it: mainly through our bravery, our willingness to open up and talk it out.



“Be true to yourself—if he loves you he’ll accept you as you are.” Nope. Who we are when we’re single isn’t who we are when we’re in a partnership. “Both of you will have to change things about yourself, and make compromises that will mean you don’t always get to do or have things exactly as you want.”


“Someone has to be the first to give an inch. Let that someone be you.” ~ Sherab Kohn, Buddhist teacher. Take the blame, sometimes, whether it’s your bad or not. The blame is a hot potato. Just end the game of blame. That said, don’t be a door mat.

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Both partners still need to have their own joy and space and time outside of the relationship.


If you can’t drop the past and start fresh, the relationship is going to fail.


Who you fall in love with is not who you fall in love with. “You will create an ideal version of them based on your own expectations and desires and hormones, and that version does not exist, and you will eventually realize it.” The infatuation phase is finite.

As a corollary, “You don’t really know someone until you live with them.”

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Love is not all you need. Relationships take a degree of compatibility in interests, habits, and compromise.


If you have one mean horrible lover, you had a bad relationship. If you’ve had only bad relationships, it’s probably you.

Separate beds sleeping

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” Don’t avoid the hard conversations.

Much of the above based on great reader comments here. All the profound stuff is by me, however (winky face).


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