I am a fan of these series and the one I'm currently reading is "Life Lessons for Woman." But as you read through it, some or most apply to human beings in general. Example: The authors list 7 essential ingredients for a balanced life, and life lesson #2 is titled, Cultivating Intimacy.
"Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out just as they are... " by Dinah Mirah & Mulock Craik.
Authentic intimacy occurs in those connections with other people in which you can see and be seen, know and be known; in which you experience enough trust that you can reveal your innermost selves to one another. As you cultivate a greater level of intimacy in your relationships, your life will be enriched immeasurably.
It wasn't until I began discovering my authentic self, that I learned the true value of intimacy. Allowing someone in; to see me and accept me just as I am. I'd like to think that I've done that here in my blog and especially in my personal and professional relationships. I use to have a big issue with trust and I've surrendered that. Wow, it feels incredible just to type it. Surrendering something, anything, is trusting that once you have, you become more and more of who you were meant to be. I have developed many great friendships in my life but one esepcially that has helped me to find my true voice and see that my feelings are valid and to express myself is simply OK. My blog friends have also helped me to find my voice by commenting and supporting me and growing to love me just as I am. Thanks, love and hugs to all of you!