Charles West Mindfulness Group
As seems to happen so often, Carol told us a story of deliberately taking the time to sit down with an other person, and really listening to what was being said. This made a perfect lead in to the subject for this week's discussion.
What is Love? This is the question. We all know what the emotion we call Love feels like. As a Group, when we began to examine Emotional Intelligence, we had experimented with feeling that emotion, noting what it felt like for us, and giving it a name.
But it is much more.
How do we express, or show, Love?
The five most prominent ways to show love are considered by many experts to be, as follows:
- Touch: Hugs
- Quality Time: Giving time to really listening to the other person
- Words of Affirmation: Holding up a mirror showing the other person's good qualities
- Acts of Service: Doing something for the other person
- Gifts: Giving from the heart
4. Acts of Service: From giving a red rose, to creating a home for someone, we can be performing an act of service that is also an act of love. We can see our paying job as a labour of love. When we contribute to our society, we can be doing so out of love. Anything, and everything we do, can be considered an act of love for others, if done with love in our hearts.
5. Gifts: Many of us disliked being forced to give gifts, just because custom says that we must do so at a certain time. We all like giving gifts when we want to do so, for any reason, and from our hearts.
Our discussion triggered lots of thought and comments. Also lots of laughter.
We will think about Love, and what we have been discussing today.