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Love is blind
How to keep loving from the heart, not the head
Love: It’s one of the few things in life that can create intense pleasure — or intense pain. It has the power to put you on top of the clouds or in a deep, dark hole. (And no matter how much experience we gain, it seems like we’re all still trying to figure it out.)
When you are in the midst of deep love, when the world is filled with rainbows and butterflies, everything your partner does is right. This is where the term “Love is blind” comes from — you are “blinded” by love and cannot see any of your lover’s flaws.
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In this heightened state of attraction, we tend to give our partners more leeway. There’s more space for them to make mistakes because the rules we have created within the relationships are different, and we have fewer of them. And in many cases, you don’t have any rules — you’re just thrilled to be in the same room with them, to have the opportunity to make them happy.
Here’s a train of thought of someone who is loving from the heart:
“What would make him happy? What would turn him on? I am going to the ends of the earth and I’m going to find out — and I’m going to have fun doing it. I’m going to have fun learning, exploring all kinds of things; I’m going to feel alive, I’m going to make it happen.”
Where are the doubts? Where are the rules?
Where is the measuring of how much you are doing for your partner, vs. how much they are doing for you? That’s right — it’s not there. When you are loving from your heart, in the “blind” stage, you don’t think about how much you are giving, and you don’t create ideals of what your partner should be and compare it to what they are.
So what brings that stage to an end? Why do you stop loving from the heart?
The answer is: Your head takes over. Logic is a valuable intellectual trait, but in the realm of relationships, it can be destructive. Here is the train of thought of someone who is in their head:
“I wonder what he’s going to do for me for my birthday. I planned such a great day for his, and he loved it. But he hasn’t even mentioned it yet this year. What if he forgets completely? Like he forgot to congratulate me when I got that promotion. Or like how he forgets even the little things, like the fact that I don’t like ginger. How can I have a partner who doesn’t know I don’t like ginger??!!”
At this point, the rules that you’ve made up in your head about how a partner should behave, what your relationship should be like and what you deserve completely overtake all of the positive emotions you had before. Things our partner does are no longer thrilling; the flaws are no longer “cute,” and they can even become an annoyance.
And when we let the little things start to stack up, we start feeling resentment, or built-up tension. That can escalate into a series of rejections that become toxic, or abrasive — and ultimately simmers into a general feeling of repression, or learned helplessness, where you lower your expectations so much that you no longer feel any needs being met in the relationship, so you turn to other vehicles, like your work, children, friend group or hobbies.
Sounds terrible, right? The good news is that you can nip it in the bud by maintaining a feeling of attraction to your partner through the power of polarity. Watch Tony explain this concept.
“When you’re in attraction, love is easy. When you’re not attracted, you get in your head. You leave your heart and your body and you go to your head.” — Tony Robbins
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