February is here, the month of love, suddenly spring feels as though it is imminent and the cold, short, dark days of winter are being left behind.
Let LOVE burst forth!
What does ‘love’ mean for you? The love burst above is a super way to find out! When you think of ‘love’ what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Write that word on one of the lines bursting from the central image. Then think again of the word ‘love’ and catch the next word that pops into your mind, go around all 10 branches as fast as you can. Now you have completed your ‘love burst’.
What does it say about your interpretation of love? These abstract terms are so important and evocative and yet sometimes we can be communicating almost in a different language. Some people list all the people they love; some all the things, others talk of the qualities of love and some have a mix.
It can be very interesting to share this love burst with a few people you love. FIRST, give them a blank copy of the love burst and have them complete it, then you can compare with yours. Are they very different? Does it help you to understand why they behave as they do? If for you love is all about receiving flowers and external shows of affection and for the other it may be abstract concepts, if this is the case, now you understand, you can communicate and support each other much better.
completed love bursts
For comments or questions on Mind Chi and love, please email Vanda@MindChi.com
With a heavy heart and still much disbelief, I am letting you know that my co-author, Richard Israel has died. He has been battling colon cancer for 2 years and chose a quality of life provided by hospice for his last two months.
About 2 weeks before he died I was able to spend a wonderful day with him and his family, he was in fine spirits, telling stories as he always did. We were also able to have one of those very meaningful conversations to share, to ask, to say and to wrap up all those things you want / need / wish to. He said it was a gift to know an approximate ‘end’ date as it allowed him to complete his business here. Richard taught me so very much and was such an inspiration and unwavering support over 34 years.
Our ‘baby’ is born!
In typical form he was writing a book during his last days, it was with Mind Chi Mentor, Donna Kim-Brand, the topic is using your natural energies and what he learned from dealing with his cancer. I will inform you when it is available.
What are the lessons that I learned from Richard that I hold most dear?
1. Tell stories – make them big, expressive and funny.
2. Make sure you play every day.
3. Make time to listen and support the ones you love.
4. Even seemingly ‘crazy’ ideas can make sense if you wait a while!
5. Be sure to drink your tea in a ‘tinkling tea cup’.
6. Find synonyms for the word ‘give’.
7. Be authentic and abundant and the most recent lesson
8. Say those important things you want to say while they are alive.
Thank you, my very dear friend, you will live long in happy memories.