Love Ed 201
2.5) Evaluating your Daily Activities using a Good Day / Bad Day checklist - Tool #3
By reviewing the activities below and checking the ones you accomplished today, you can get a rating on the kind of day you've had. A score over 15 is a great day. 10 - 14 is a good day. Under 10, you need improvement. . . Did you:
Brighten someone's day?____ Smile/Laugh?____ Think positive thoughts?____ Help someone?____
Exercise?____ Clean?____ Eat Properly?____ Drink 8 glasses of water?____ Relax?____
Learn from a failure?____ Create something?____ Use intuition?____ Play?____
Time with significant other?____ Time with family?____ Time with friends?____ Time alone?____
Learn something new?____ Work on a goal?____ Have a success?____ Think about Peace?____
Count your blessings? _____ Pray/Meditate?_____
NEGATIVES: . . (subtract 1 for each check mark)
Yell at someone?____ Hold resentment against another (justified or not)?_____
Talk down to yourself?____ Pity yourself?____
Worry excessively?____ Over/under eat?____
Sleep poorly last night?____ 5 or more drinks yesterday?____What might you change or add to this list to make it more personal for you?
Hopefully you scored well but the real point of this exercise is to learn to focus on the positive aspects of life and count our blessings. The happier and more balanced you become, the more happiness and love you will have to share with those you love, thus improving the chances for stronger, healthier relationships. Most people prefer not to be around negative, unhappy people and instead prefer to share the company of happy loving people.
It would be great if we all helped each other with their emotional and spiritual growth, particularly when our personal skills can be applied to the challenge or opportunity we choose to undertake. Regarding helping others, perhaps "an eye for an eye" should be interpreted as "when you save an eye you actually save your own as well"? In our case, we chose to undertake the challenge / opportunity to create a Love Education curriculum although we were fearful that it would fail, since our 25 year background is in Peace Education. After getting nearly halfway through this project we realized that Peace and Love go hand in hand. It may be that you can't truly have one without the other?
2.4) Evaluating your "Wholeness" using a Balance Wheel - Tool #2
The goal is to accomplish balance in your life. Think of it as 12 spokes on a wheel. If all aspects of your life are in balance, the wheel rolls smoothly. Get too many spokes out of whack, and the wheel becomes a square!
The "Left Brain" (logical) Spokes are: Work, Exercise, Nutrition, Chores, Learning, Planning
The "Right Brain" (emotional) Spokes are: Family/Friends, Relaxation, Intuition, Creation, Romance, Dreams
(see also: World Peace and Reality - an eassy on Peace
"Left" Definitions: Work (Job or Housework), Exercise (20 minutes +), Nutrition (4 food groups, 4-8 glasses of water, 2-3 alcohol drinks or less), Chores, Learning (Study, reading, internet research, informative TV, ...), Planning / Goals (5-30 minutes/day)
"Right" Definitions: Family/Friends, Relax (20 minutes +, lay on couch, meditate, bath, ...), Intuition (the sum of observation, perception, re-collection and contemplation), Create (Draw, paint, ..), Romance (time with significant other), Dream (Daydream, analyze past dreams, Meditate, Spiritual activities)
To make a daily chart to see how well you are rolling, draw a large circle on a piece of paper and divide it with 6 straight lines, all intersecting at the middle. It should look like a bicycle wheel with 12 spokes when finished. Write the first initial of a category, outside each spoke, ie. W-E-N-C-L-P and F-R-I-C-R-D
On a scale of low to high, the center being none, make a mark on each spoke that depicts the amount of effort you gave yesterday to each category. The outside of the wheel represents a lot of effort, the center represents minimal effort. After marking all spokes, draw lines to connect the dots and see how well you did. The larger and rounder the wheel, the happier and healthier you probably are! Date each wheel so you can compare your progress.
Another way of looking at the "Balance Wheel" you have just drawn is as a map of the brain. Is your wheel/brain one-sided? If so, you probably need to put more effort into developing the other side.
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