Love Maps

LOVE MAPS 🗺️ Build Resilient Loving Connections

7 min

Seek to understand your loved ones better and build resilient, loving connections

Riding the Waves of Stress
🎧 AUDIO SESSION

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Riding the Waves of Stress
👁 TODAY'S INTENTION

Today, let's explore the landscape of our loved ones' inner worlds.

Understanding who our loved ones are, including their fears, hopes, and joys, is foundational in nurturing a deep and loving relationship.

Deepening your knowledge about your loved ones is like exploring an uncharted territory—it brings excitement and can significantly strengthen your bonds. In today’s session, we'll rediscover our loved ones and build robust “Love Maps” to ensure our relationships are strong and informed.

Key Takeaways

  • 🗺 Map the heart
  • 🧭 Navigate together
  • ❤️ Connect deeper

Inspire
💡 INSPIRED PRACTICE

“Love Maps” is the first of The Seven Principles for Making Long-term Relationships Work from Dr. John Gottman

Start enhancing your “Love Maps” with this simple yet profound practice:

  1. Question Game: Exchange questions that go beyond the surface, like “What has been on your mind lately?” and “What’s a dream you have that you’ve never told me about?”
  2. Update Often: Make it a habit to regularly check in on each other's worlds. Life changes, and so do our thoughts and feelings.
  3. Favorites Folder: Keep a mental note of your loved ones’ current favorites—like their favorite song, stress-reliever, and way to spend a Saturday.

Quote
💬 QUOTE

Knowing one another well is the foundation on which a loving relationship is built.

– John Gottman, renowned for his work on marital stability and relationship analysis through scientific observations.


Studies Show
🧬 STUDIES SHOW

Studies by the Gottman Institute reveal that couples who regularly update their “Love Maps” have stronger, more resilient relationships.

Action: Commit to learning one new thing about your loved ones each week.


Trail Mantra
📿 TRAIL MANTRA

Embrace Understanding

This mantra invites us to fully engage with the process of truly knowing our loved ones. It encourages not just passive awareness but an active participation in learning, empathizing, and connecting with the complexities of those around you. Embracing understanding means continually striving to see beyond the surface, acknowledging and appreciating the unique emotional landscapes that each person navigates.


Mindful Moment
🧘 MINDFUL MOMENT

Take a quiet moment to reflect on what you know about your loved ones and what areas might need more exploration. Set an intention to discover these aspects lovingly and attentively.


Journal Prompts
✍🏼 JOURNAL PROMPTS
  • What aspect of your loved one’s world are you most curious about?
  • How has your loved one changed in the last year?

Creative Exercise
🎨 CREATIVE EXERCISE
  1. Draw Your Maps: Draw what you think your loved one's world looks like—include fears, joys, stressors, dreams, etc.
  2. Share and Reflect: Discuss your drawings. What did you get right? What surprised you?

Shadow Work
🌚 SHADOW WORK

Identify and reflect on any assumptions you’ve made about your loved ones that might not be accurate. How can these be corrected?


Release
🔥 RELEASE

Let go of outdated perceptions of your loved ones. Embrace their current realities and growth.


Gratitude
🦁 COURAGEOUS ACTION

Ask a deep, probing question that you’ve hesitated to ask before—take care to be gentle and open to the response.


Gratitude
🙏 GRATITUDE

Recognize and appreciate the effort both you and your loved ones put into staying connected and informed about each other.


Affirmation
📣 AFFIRMATION

“I am committed to truly knowing and loving my loved ones every day.”


Prayer
🙏 PRAYER

Bless us with the curiosity and compassion needed to continuously discover each other and strengthen our bond.


Kudos
🙌 KUDOS

Great job on taking these steps to deepen your connections! Keep building those Love Maps and nurturing your relationships’ foundations.


Share the Inspo
💞 SHARE THE INSPO

Who could benefit from strengthening their relationship foundations? Pass this session on!


Community Conversation
💬 COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

What new thing did you discover about your loved ones recently that intrigued you or brought you closer?

Share your discoveries in the comments!

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