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How to Be An Adult in Relationships

The Five Keys to Mindful Loving

Richo, David

(Book - 2002)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How to Be An Adult in Relationships
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Author Richo offers a fresh perspective on love and relationships--one that focuses not on finding an ideal mate, but on becoming a more loving and realistic person. Drawing on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, he explores five hallmarks of mindful loving and how they play a key role in our relationships throughout life, helping us to move away from judgment, fear, and blame to a position of openness, compassion, and realism about life and relationships.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Boston : Shambhala, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1570628122
Branch Call Number: 158.2 R533h 2002
Characteristics: xiv, 265 p. ;,23 cm

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This is the book you will wish you had read BEFORE the end of things, and really if we're being honest, BEFORE the start of anything else.


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Apr 02, 2011
  • AnneDromeda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

<p>I picked up <i>How to be an Adult in Relationships</i> for a book club that runs at the yoga studio I attend, and also because (as my yoga teacher put it) I was wondering, you know, how one goes about being an adult in relationships...?</p>

<p>David Richo certainly has a unique writing style, and almost as certainly an undergrad degree in literature (see his many Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson quotes), but he has a lot of wisdom to impart. The book's central organizing theme is that we will be better partners when we learn to be more loving people to the world, not just those in our families. Richo gives many practical exercises for single and committed people to help develop skills in mindfulness and a general loving outlook.</p>

<p>I'd highly recommend this book to anyone wanting advice on how to be a more loving, patient person, and especially to those who keep an ongoing yoga practice. It draws from non-denominational spiritual and psychological traditions roughly equally. There is a slight emphasis on Buddhist principles, but they present themselves mostly in sections dealing directly with mindfulness and one certainly needn't be Buddhist to benefit.</p>

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