“For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship” …
Warren Beatty, a once famous womanizer, now confesses what he has discovered in his later years.
Are we human beings supposed to remain faithful and monogamous to one person like a swan does with their chosen mate for the whole of our life? Or are we designed to be more like polygamist ducks programmed to shag anything that waves its tail feathers at us, changing partners with the seasons whenever we want to?
It is an age-old debate.
If you ask me, to each their own.
Whatever floats your boat.
Neither way of life is right or wrong as both offer assets and liabilities to consider.
A healthy lifestyle in my view requires a “live and let live” attitude towards other’s intimacy preferences. This will serve us well if we choose to truly relate to others without shame or militant judgement, for what we give out, I believe, always returns to us.
Living a lifestyle of EMOTIONAL MONOGAMY or polygamy is an important choice to be made as a vital part of emotional preservation. When we are communicating our emotional needs to those we select to be intimate with we have gotta be transparent if we want to grow trust.
If we are honest about the consequences of our choices first to ourselves and then with those we choose to partner with we are then able to maintain self-respect and emotional wellbeing. It is only when we deny our truth and pretend to be happy being in one state or the other that we damage ourselves and compromise the quality and integrity of our relationships.
It is important to understand that if we are offering EMOTIONAL and physical MONOGAMY to our partners that it is a total state of being that requires discipline. Conflict will occur if we are only physically MONOGAMOUS but EMOTIONALLY polygamous. If we flirt with others, use intimate dialogue, intimate touch and body language and keep intimate emotional secrets with others while remaining only physically monogamous to our partner it sends mixed messages that can easily be misunderstood. It takes character, maturity and integrity to honour another totally.
EMOTIONAL and physical MONOGAMY requires discipline and emotional investment with the potential for long-term results and reward.
Polygamy offers instant gratification, variety and freedom from commitment.
If we desire EMOTIONAL and physical MONOGAMY in our intimate relationships so that we eventually become our beloved’s one and only we must be prepared to share ourselves without giving ourselves away. We will need to be able to offer more than just our mind and body, but most importantly, our heart.
This is life’s great challenge and requires consistent discipline and monitoring throughout a lifetime is demanding, inconvenient and requires heartfelt dedication and effort. MONOGAMOUS EMOTIONAL and physical intimacy is an acquired human skill that is sacred and rare.
It is essential first and foremost for us to remain EMOTIONALLY MONOGAMOUS to ourselves if we are seeking it with lovers.
I personally used to be an emotional slut. I loved many different substances (booze and drugs) more than my chosen mates in younger years. I became unfaithful to my self-respect daily. Hunting instant gratification in many forms and approval from others I became a slave to those external forces.
Let us remember that the word addiction is a Latin derivative for the word slave. When we become a slave to our ego, EMOTIONAL and/or physical MONOGAMY becomes impossible with ourselves an others.
The opposite for the word slave is liberty; liberty is an old-fashioned word that means freedom from slavery. The only way we can know true liberty and freedom is to honour what is true to our heart’s honour and release ourselves from being controlled by or enslaved to external forces. This means we are then totally responsible for the quality of our own life, our relationships and all of our choices.
So let us review where our liberty and enslavement lie.
Are we being true to ourselves EMOTIONALLY and physically or are we being unfaithful?
It is an important question for us to answer, as we attract what we believe we deserve. Old George Bernard Shaw reminds us …
“Liberty means responsibility, that is why most men dread it.”
Lotsa love Cynthia xxx
© Copyright 2016 Cynthia J. Morton Emotional Fitness™
Image Source – Reds Movie featuring Diane Keaton and Warren Beatty