Written by John Immel,
What is a Love Map?My wife and I were first introduced to love maps through the very inspiring book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by author John Gottman.
My wife and I started building our love map on our 5th anniversary. We've been working on it for several months since. We fill it out on road trips, and pass the time getting to know each other. It's so much fun, and challenging. I learned about a whole new side of her, and she learned new things about me too. Best of all, now I know what gifts she likes!
Love maps are always fun to explore. For relationships that are struggling, they also help redirect focus on the good things, and bonding. My wife and I found common ground, and also differences in our taste preferences. These differences created exciting opportunities to learn more about how she thinks. I feel that I know her much better from doing our love map!
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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