Discussion Questions, Storytelling, Sharing

  • If you have a partner, share the story of how you met and fell in love. Or tell how you discovered one of the other loves.
  • Dr. Dean Ornish, a cardiologist, believes that love and intimacy have a positive effect on healing all kinds of diseases and maladies. Have you found this to be true? Share a story from your experience.
  • Madeleine L'Engle says that The Secret Garden is one of her favorite books because it shows how love breaks through selfishness and triumphs in the end. What book or movie contains your favorite depiction of the power of love?

Imagery Exercise

"Rainbow," an exercise created by Colette Aboulker-Muscat, and her exercise "Meeting of the Minds Through Love," adapted and added here, reveal the range and impact of your love.

Breathe out three times. See a rainbow coming out of your abdomen. See the colors of the rays of the rainbow going to all the people you love. See the color of the ray going to the one you love the most.
Breathe out one time. See yourself going in the direction of the one you love and know that he or she is sensing your love. Stop and recognize yourself as a lover. Then, see and sense his or her love melding with your love.

Breathe out three times. Sense that you and the one you love are one mind. Send this one mind you have connected with to other minds.

Breathe out one time. Send all the minds that you have met to the only One Mind. Then open your eyes.

Journal Exercises

  • Write or draw a tribute to a love of your life. What do you love about him or her?
  • According to Rabbi David Cooper, "Kabbalists say that love is based on a desire for completion — to be whole, to be in harmony, to be connected, and to be free." Write about what completes you. It does not have to be a person; it could be your work, an experience in nature, a hobby, etc.