Platonic friendships and your well-being, how do we maintain our platonic friendships????
... And as a ‘FREE SPIRIT’ “definition - noun - a person with a highly individual or unique attitude, lifestyle, or imagination; nonconformist. I can tell you that it is highly possible!
Meaningful deep friendships between heterosexual opposite genders (or same sex if gay) are possible, yet can be tricky, especially if at times feelings may become blurred or confused. The important thing is to think through the attraction! The initial attraction that you may feel towards your friend of the opposite sex is perfectly normal, and is nature’s way of bringing us into proximity.
Attraction connections have four components:
2. Intellectual Connection- a mutual interest in the same thoughts, philosophies, topics of discussion, books, social interests, news items, or hobbies. Common thought associated with this type of connection: “We can talk about things,debate topics or hangout for hours- time just flies by!”
3. Emotional Connection- this super-mental connection occurs when two people can communicate deeply at times without words or without full verbal explanation, and is not just based on superficial body language. Common thought associated with this type of connection: “Boy, they just ‘get’ me! We could finish each other’s sentences or know what each other mean without saying a word while other people are clueless.”
4. Spiritual Connection- occurs when two people have similar spiritual knowing (as opposed to beliefs) and are on the same spiritual path or share a common spiritual purpose; they see a relationship as a respect for and encouragement of each other’s spiritual growth. Common thought associated with this type of connection: “I feel a sense of bigger purpose in our relationship- I think Spirit/God/Source/Universe conspired to have us meet!” A true spiritual connection can last the span of lifetimes.”
Conversely, it is very possible to be in platonic love as well “definition of platonic love - a pure, spiritual affection, subsisting between persons of opposite sex, unmixed with carnal desires, and regarding the mind only, and its excellence; - a species of love for which Plato was a warm advocate.”
…And this may even give your romantic relationship with your partner or spouse an electrifying energy boost, of magnet proportions…
“Tis the perception of the beautiful, A fine extension of the faculties, Platonic, universal, wonderful, Drawn from the stars, and filtered through the skies, without which life would be extremely dull” --Lord Byron
“No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever.” -- Francois Mauriac