Imagine you are going to co-author a story (or a book) about your relationship. Imagine it using tales of your successful commitments and accomplishments – but also the story of your desire for one another.
Though of equal importance to your relationship, desire does not compete well for time and energy. It lives within the time left over from the many commitments you’ve made. So although desire is the soul of “aliveness”, it’s also less commonplace, more fragile, fluid and elusive than the world of careers, domestic management, in-laws, pets (if any) and oh yes….money.
Desire falls prey
Desire can easily fall prey to efficiency and sameness and compressed time frames. But what’s really missing is a mutual understanding: that the relationship(s) are fundamentally based on a shared imaginative journey. That journey is filled with narratives. (And those narratives are loaded with thriving templates.)
Functional but deadening
Neatly scripted sexuality is functional (positive in many ways), but its repeat mode suppresses our inherent desire to learn and experience new things. That runs counter to the human spirit, as I understand it. How will you engage your partner(s)’ imagination(s), in a sustainable, ongoing way, defying the numbing familiarity enforced by much of everyday life?
An imaginative life together is the wellspring of both love and eroticism. But it’s a part of committed relationship that socially and culturally speaking isn’t well understood or emphasized (especially as a long term relationship practice.) And yet the lack of desire – a desire typically not fed internally or externally – is the principal reason marriages end.
These are the high stakes of keeping desire fed and thriving.