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"Most people think of love as a feeling," says David Richo, "but love is not so much a feeling as a way of being present." In this book, 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, How to Be an Adult in Relationships explores five hallmarks of mindful loving and how they play a key role in our relationships throughout life:

   1.  Attention to the present moment; observing, listening, and noticing all the feelings at play in our relationships.

   2.  Acceptance of ourselves and others just as we are.

   3.  Appreciation of all our gifts, our limits, our longings, and our poignant human predicament.

   4.  Affection shown through holding and touching in respectful ways.

   5.  Allowing life and love to be just as they are, with all their ecstasy and ache, without trying to take control.

When deeply understood and applied, these five simple concepts—what Richo calls the five A's—form the basis of mature love. They help us to move away from judgment, fear, and blame to a position of openness, compassion, and realism about life and relationships. By giving and receiving these five A's, relationships become deeper and more meaningful, and they become a ground for personal transformation.

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This guide 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.

Synopsis:

"Most people think of love as a feeling," says David Richo, "but love is not so much a feeling as a way of being present." In this book, 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, How to Be an Adult in Relationships explores five hallmarks of mindful loving and how they play a key role in our relationships throughout life:

   1.  Attention to the present moment; observing, listening, and noticing all the feelings at play in our relationships.

   2.  Acceptance of ourselves and others just as we are.

   3.  Appreciation of all our gifts, our limits, our longings, and our poignant human predicament.

   4.  Affection shown through holding and touching in respectful ways.

   5.  Allowing life and love to be just as they are, with all their ecstasy and ache, without trying to take control.

When deeply understood and applied, these five simple concepts—what Richo calls the five A's—form the basis of mature love. They help us to move away from judgment, fear, and blame to a position of openness, compassion, and realism about life and relationships. By giving and receiving these five A's, relationships become deeper and more meaningful, and they become a ground for personal transformation.

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About the Author

David Richo, PhD, is a therapist and author who leads popular workshops on personal and spiritual growth. He is known for drawing on Buddhist thought, poetry, and Jungian perspectives in his work. He is the author of numerous books. For more information visit www.davericho.com.

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dial m for moniker, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by dial m for moniker)
It's true, whomever named this book did it a disservice, and having to tell strangers what your reading is less than comfortable. But it's the kind of book I want to read at home anyway.
I've only just begun this book, but have read back over the first chapter multiple times trying to absorb all of the abundant, insightful offerings. For me, there is so much to take in on every page, so much "a-ha" about the whole thing, that I'm going very slowly with it. I keep reflecting on what I've received, how I carry it, and what I am I able to give now, as a somewhat reluctant step-parent. I think, when I finally make it through the book I will love it, and plan to check out one of Richo's other books, Trust, next.
I am opening up to all the messages around me that tell me that mindfulness is essential to my happiness and growth. But oh my lord, it's hard.
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dial m for moniker, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by dial m for moniker)
It's true, whomever named this book did it a disservice, and having to tell strangers what your reading is less than comfortable. But it's the kind of book I want to read at home anyway.
I've only just begun this book, but have read back over the first chapter multiple times trying to absorb all of the abundant, insightful offerings. For me, there is so much to take in on every page, so much "a-ha" about the whole thing, that I'm going very slowly with it. I keep reflecting on what I've received, how I carry it, and what I am I able to give now, as a somewhat reluctant step-parent. I think, when I finally make it through the book I will love it, and plan to check out one of Richo's other books, Trust, next.
I am opening up to all the messages around me that tell me that mindfulness is essential to my happiness and growth. But oh my lord, it's hard.
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(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
A man on a journey of discovery, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by A man on a journey of discovery)
This is an OUTSTANDING book that is easy to read with painless, simple, logical, and insightful exercises. This book is currently in the top ten bestsellers at another bookstore in town and should be read by every couple, married or dating, regardless of religion or belief. It is informative, educational and delivers at a depth that forces you to look at yourself and your actions and strive to improve yourself. The five A's taugh, that all people need in their lives, are a foundation that will improve your life and relationships with all you meet. This book is a must for everybody. Do not let the references to Buddhism steer you away from a book that spans religion in it's lessons. This is the second book I have read by David Richo and I am SOLD! Final note, the poetry and literary quotes that he includes throughout the book to accentuate his theories are beautiful and further evidence of his depth. If you have problems in a relationship or not...you will get something extremely valuable out of this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781570628122
Foreword:
Hendricks, Kathlyn
Author:
Hendricks, Kathlyn
Author:
Richo, David
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Self-Help/Relationships
Subject:
relationships;self-help;love;psychology;mindfulness;adult
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
046
Publication Date:
20020631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.98x6.00x.76 in. .88 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This guide 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.
"Synopsis" by , "Most people think of love as a feeling," says David Richo, "but love is not so much a feeling as a way of being present." In this book, 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, How to Be an Adult in Relationships explores five hallmarks of mindful loving and how they play a key role in our relationships throughout life:

   1.  Attention to the present moment; observing, listening, and noticing all the feelings at play in our relationships.

   2.  Acceptance of ourselves and others just as we are.

   3.  Appreciation of all our gifts, our limits, our longings, and our poignant human predicament.

   4.  Affection shown through holding and touching in respectful ways.

   5.  Allowing life and love to be just as they are, with all their ecstasy and ache, without trying to take control.

When deeply understood and applied, these five simple concepts—what Richo calls the five A's—form the basis of mature love. They help us to move away from judgment, fear, and blame to a position of openness, compassion, and realism about life and relationships. By giving and receiving these five A's, relationships become deeper and more meaningful, and they become a ground for personal transformation.

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