What is Emotional Intimacy?

This is a great basic teaching on the essence of emotional intimacy I found on the internet which I have added my own spiritual wisdom and thoughts to. Emotional intimacy often gets confused with physical intimacy. I feel the emotional connection has tremendous value in creating a healthy foundation to build on.

Intimacy is a sense of closeness to another person; a real sense of two-way empathy. When we’re emotionally intimate, we can share personal feelings, display affection, and not be dismissed or judged harshly. There is a sense of being heard and connected to the heart and soul of that other person. It creates a sense of well-being when we are heard. Not everyone needs to agree with everything you say, yet we all yearn for the heart to heart connection of being heard, respected and not judged.

We all love the idea that our true friends will love and support us no matter what. Yet when we open ourselves up with discussing issues we need to remember that often they are projecting their own ‘stuff’ on us which can be confusing. It is important to be mindful and aware of who you share any relationship issues with. This is sacred ground, keep it that way.

Many romantic partners describe their special person as their ‘best friend’, we are a ‘team’ – a perfect combination of physical and emotional intimacy. It is my opinion that all relationships that have longevity are built on spiritual friendship first. Emotional intimacy can exist between friends, family relations, and lovers. Some people even feel emotional intimacy with their pet. There’s no doubt that a sense of shared intimacy is important for both mental and physical health. It connects us to the natural state of the soul which is peace, balance and happiness!

How would you define emotional intimacy? Are your relationships flowing in a manner that is spontaneous, natural, and trusting? Do you feel safe sharing thoughts and feelings? Do you feel a connection beyond the physical body? Do you want more?

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