Week One: The Heart’s Affections
Love is the prime mover of existence, the force that generates life and enables you to connect with others as well as yourself. What are the strengths and weaknesses of your heart in love? Where is healing needed?
Week Two: The Longing To Be Seen
Emotional patterns are set in motion by the quality of parental attention you received as a child. Did you feel seen, heard, and understood by your beloved caretakers? How does this primal connection or lack of it affect your current relationships?
Week Three: Learning to Listen
You cannot love without being receptive, open, expansive, and present. Are you able to listen carefully to those you love? When do you tune out, drown out, squelch, or cancel the voices of loved ones in your life?
Week Four: We Are Not One
You cannot hear or see others clearly when merging is confused with love. Can you tolerate spaciousness, freedom, and unpredictable outcomes in relationships? Are you able to stand on your own two feet when your heart is engaged or do you tend to lose yourself?
Week Five: Playing With Power
Power dynamics are inevitable in relationships, though love has nothing to do with competition or dominance. How do you respond when shifts in power occur with people you care about? Are you comfortable with give and take, or do you need to be right?
Week Six: The Green-Eyed Monsters
Love has a number of painful shadows, including jealousy, anger, shame, and guilt. When your heart is vulnerable, what shadows are triggered? Do you recognize the source of your conflicts or project them onto the other person?
Week Seven: Abiding in Love
Patience is essential to love, abiding when relationships grow difficult, keeping the faith while harmony is restored. Are you able to abide in love or do you bolt in times of conflict and ambiguity? Can your heart tolerate confusion and ambiguity?
Week Eight: The True Romance
When you understand love as a spiritual practice, you awaken to the true romance, which has less to do with Hallmark cards than with personal awakening. Are you aware that love is an inside job? What are you seeking from others that can only from within, or from God?