People say love hurts, but it is not love that’s doing the hurting. It’s our humanness. Love is pure, patient, unconditional, and kind. What hurts is the way we treat each other and ourselves in the name of love or what we believe to be love.
We tend to put ourselves through misery and act as martyrs, believing that it is normal—even noble—to suffer for love. However, there is a powerful alternative to this fallacy: conscious dating.
To act consciously, as you probably know, begins with an awareness of what serves your highest and best and the highest and best of those with whom you interact. It is a commitment to act or participate only in situations or circumstances that support that highest and best outcome.
To date consciously means we stop trying to make our love lives look like the movies and instead devote ourselves to attracting that which serves us and whomever we love mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This may be worlds away from your current dating style. But it is absolutely possible for you, and once you start, you won’t ever look back.
Here are five actionable keys to dating consciously for a healthier, happier, and more fulfilling life: