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Why We Spend Way Too Much When We Shop

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The Seal of Hemispheric Harmony for products that balance the right and left brain hemispheres

The seal of Hemispheric Harmony granted to products that exercise and balance both hemispheres

Here I go about the Hemispheres again:

Shopping can easily become a right hemisphere activity. Most people don’t leave the house armed with left hemisphere lists, coupons, and plans for what they’ll buy. If they do, they are protecting their left hemisphere from what is about to be an explosion of activity by the right.

Let’s examine what happens to the brain’s hemispheres when you enter a store. You usually have some sort of plan. Soon, however, you discover that the store changed the location of the products you need. You end up browsing. This exploration activates the right hemisphere. You are no longer following order and logic. You discover new products, new ads, and new colors. There is probably music in the background purposely activating your heart rate to slow you down or perk you up and distract you, depending on the researchers’ suggestions for that time of day.

The longer you are in the store, the more your imagination locks in to the possibilities of what you could create from all those products. You forget the outside world and the reasons you were rushing because the left hemisphere is less active. Your right hemisphere is happy because it is getting its turn. You are feeling creative. You think that you are doing something useful. Creativity is indeed great. Wherever you look, you suddenly see combinations that you could use. If you’re in a food store, you see more and more cooking ideas. If you are in a craft store, a home supply store, or a clothing store, your imagination combines products and the creative juices flow.

When you get to check out, you often wonder how you went over the budget. The suddenly high price makes no numerical sense until you force yourself to focus on it. You had less contact with the numbers while your right brain was active. You were emotionally distant from that subject. The numbers and all the reasons to adhere to them seem less critical at that moment. It is because your right brain really took over.

Marketers may not have described what happens to shoppers’ brains in these hemispheric terms, but they know well how to draw you in.
Think about the places that don’t try to lure you in with creative graphics and right brain distractions. You won’t find right brain distractions at the bank or at the post office. These are places that want you to take care of your business and leave. Even most restaurants hope that you leave once you are done.

The next time that you have to shop, decide in advance if you can afford to give your right brain free play, or if you need to arm your left hemisphere with extra lists, coupons and possibly a very left brained friend.

The HeartMark is the heart hand gesture that I invented. HeartMark Health is here to remind you to be mindful. Make a HeartMark, breathe in, breathe out, and listen to your hemispheres. Listen to the conversation between them. Give each a chance to express itself in a safe place. Don’t give your right hemisphere freedom in the wrong place at the wrong time, or you could end up with a very expensive bill. I recommend drawing in the Heart Mandala books. You can let your right hemisphere choose which colors to use, and it will never be judged negatively. Every mandala design will look great!

I HeartMark You,

Heart Hand HeartMark Health logo to teach nutrition and fitness and registered trademark by Planet Heart

The trademark Heart Hand gesture is called the HeartMark! May you take the time to HeartMark and think about what goes into your body today!

HeartPetal Tunnel–Mandala Poster

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Tali Lehavi, an artist, author, mathematician, psychologist, nutritionist, fitness educator, and lover of all things that are good for us, has focused on the heart form for many years. Lehavi was intrigued by its geometry and wondered why no one ever studied it for its “geometrical powers.” This led Lehavi to invent many ways in which hearts can combine together. Lehavi creates mandalas that are 100% made of hearts, her trademark. She combines this art form with her cartoon character world Planet Heart, where everything is made of hearts. Many of the heart mandalas are actually heartventures which the Heartlings experience on their planet.
In addition, Lehavi also discovered that mandalas have a stimulating and yet soothing effect on our brain hemispheres. This geometric design is made 100% of hearts. It is at once logical as it is aesthetic. It will help you find your focus and balance your hemispheres as well.
Let the HeartPetal Tunnel Mandala remind you to respect your own right and left hemispheres and find places for them to express themselves without judgement. If your left brain wants order, so be it. If your right brain wants to be creative and break that order, let it be creative. Both sides of your brain are like children who want to be heard to be all that they can be so that they can mature fully. This is not about doing impulsive irrational acts that are unsafe. This is about finding safe outlets for both. For more information or to license this and other designs, please contact

3 Petaled Heart Mandala Canvas Print

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The Heart Mandala is a brand that is 100% made from hearts! These heartastic designs come directly from Planet Heart. The design satisfies both hemispheres of the brain as it is incredibly mathematical, formulaic, and logical, while at the same time it is beautiful. The symmetry helps balance anyone stressed and works really well for people with mental challenges like autism. All the hearts wedge perfectly together, reflecting how we are connected as people to each other and to nature. Place this beautiful design in your room and see how you connect with it!

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You may purchase this in multiple sizes and on a variety of finishes from canvas to matte to gloss. Enjoy!

Heart Mandala 3-Petaled flower design

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The Heart Mandala is a brand from Planet Heart. It is the visual motif of all the flowers and animation. Every image from this brand is made 100% of hearts, which is its trademark design style. For licensing information, please contact Tali Lehavi:

Indian Sun Heart Mandala

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Artist Tali Lehavi has to form connections! In her typical line of Heart Mandalas, the hearts wedge together–just as people are connected to each other and to nature. And as always–we are all connected through love. The bright colors, providing light and energy, radiate out symmetrically. The design stimulates the right and left hemispheres equally for its aesthetic and mathematical logic. This leads to “Hemispheric Harmony.”(TM)

The Heart Mandala is a brand of Planet Heart. The trademark design style of wedging hearts to create mandalas was developed by artist Tali Lehavi over 18 years ago. She has since published numerous sucsessful books on Heart Mandalas, studied the geometry of the heart, and the effect that it has on our hemispheres. Lehavi has taken this field beyond the lessons from Jung. She is now eager to license her brand onto many products. This copyrighted design shows her trademark style, but she has many more that are available for licensing!

The brand is ready to expand into animation via Lehavi’s line of cartoon characters who live among many such mandalas, software, games, toys, crafts, linens, and other textiles for apparel, accessories, and other categories.

I HeartMark You,

Best Use of Time

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Heart Mandala

Heart Mandala in one of many optional colors

(With a tangent to reflect how different subjects connect, which fits the theme of the entry)

I always look for ways to use time most efficiently.  At the gym, I am not one of those who rest between poses.  I let one muscle group rest while I work another group, or stretch that group.  The HeartMark Yogalates that I developed is a healthy workout that really respects the body.  It also respects the fact that none of us has time to waste.  You can find relaxation and focus without just sitting there doing nothing, and I know many of you would go nuts from that.  Beyond the physical benefits, the relaxation comes about in large part because the brain manipulates the movements of the body.  I choose movements that balance out the hemispheres of the brain.  Between the patterns of motion and the aesthetics of the movement, we find the bliss that leaves the students asking where else do I teach…

How can a mom of three find time to create so many brands for licensing?  I just assembled the new portfolios for the SURTEX trade show.  In addition to about 20 portfolios of inventions, art brands, character based properties, stories, poems, games, room décor, jewelry, and two types of fitness classes, I just added repeat patterns.  How do I find the time to do it?  I work the hemispheres!  I’ll explain.

The brain has natural rhythms.  If you’re ever not in the mood to do something, it means that the hemisphere responsible for that activity is less active than another hemisphere.  If you can afford to pay attention to which hemisphere is more active and do “what you feel like,” then do so!  I am not saying that students should drop their homework and watch television.  Or that adults should drop their responsibilities and “veg” out.  Instead, switch from one productive activity to another.

Specifically for students, if your mind is not in the mood for math, do your reading.  If you are not in the mood for reading, try memorizing facts.  If you are not in the mood for memorizing facts, try research.  The best way to be efficient is to find the right time to do the right responsibility.  You cannot always do that.  But when you can, your mind will be most efficient.  And the quality of the work will be at its best.

People don’t usually listen to what goes on in their hemispheres as much as I do.  I listen all the time.  And I pay attention.  If my writing side is active, then I write.  If the drawing side is active, I draw.  I try to seize onto those cycles.  And like the muscles of the body, if I have used one side for a long time, I don’t just stop and walk away from my work.  Instead, I do something work related that simply uses another side of the brain.  It doesn’t have to be on the right or left specifically.  It just has to feel right.  It’s usually a different area.  But one area then feeds and complements another.

For this reason, I have never had a dry spell, a creative block, or whatever some people think they have.  You cannot force creativity.  You can stimulate the mind and the areas less active by working in the areas that are active.  This keeps you productive, like an oiled machine in motion.

[ To use the physical body as an example again, I compare this to how the body feels when it’s not in the mood for one physical activity but does another instead.  When you’re at the gym, if you are not in the mood to jog, typically because you are tired or in pain, you should stretch.  Eventually, your body will just want to get up.  If you are more in the mood to walk, then walk. Eventually, this activity will give you more and more energy until you will have the desire to run.  If all this activity does not lead to more energy, then you probably need to rest.  The idea that you should force yourself is contrary to what’s good for you.  All the HeartMark Yogalates classes use this approach to listening to the body and building energy.

I could make the above physical analogy more related to the brain hemispheres if I compare physical exercises that involve counting, keeping patterns, and keeping track of directions, versus activities that permit more free expression.  However, I would like to keep this subject for another entry. ]

My art wants to burst out no matter what obstacles may get in the way.  [This includes skill!]  I get around computer troubles, children’s needs, and time constraints by using the hemispheres to the max.  So if the computer does not work, I build from Fimo the Heartlings that connect with the HeartMark.  If my children need attention, I find an activity that benefits my work and them at the same time like drawing.  If they insist on using my computer, I file.

I am especially grateful that these “obstacles” are there to force me to change my activities and perspectives.  Sometimes the baby wants to nurse just when I think I am on a roll.  A particular “hemisphere” is active and I am riding it, getting a lot done.  But as I am pulled away, nursing gives me time to reflect and make progress, too.  Sometimes I write masterpieces while nursing.  Sometimes these get lost.  But that’s really not as relevant as the benefits from coming back after a break, with a new perspective.  Three children, over 6 years of nursing total, and enough articles, recipes, new inventions, artwork, products, tradeshows, published books,…to show these “obstacles” are quite helpful!

The key to being efficient is to exercise as many sides of our brain as possible.  However, part of what makes this so beneficial is that the sides end up forming better connections.  Even if you don’t have as many brain cells, you end up connecting the ones you do a lot better.  (Connecting is the key to everything that I do.  I connect objects to make hearts like my HeartMark patent.  And I connect hearts.)  I believe connecting ideas and thoughts is the key to innovation, solutions, and even personal fulfillment.

Exercising every part of the brain is also the best way to bring balance.  Every side gets to express itself and mature.  It’s very gratifying.  I have written about this in more detail in other entries.

I would love for everyone to learn to listen to their body and their hemispheres.  Please do not push yourselves contrary to your needs.   Please make a HeartMark, take a deep breath, and think about what you should do next that will meet your needs best.

I HeartMark You,


HeartMark Hands trademark repeat pattern art by Tali Lehavi available for licensing

Trademark HeartMark Hands repeat pattern art that is available for licensing

*.  Even when you are required to do a task that does not fit your “mood,” you can still navigate the hemispheres.  I recently worked on my taxes.   I found the perfect moments for searching through bags for receipts that weren’t filed yet, vs. photocopying, vs. logging in tables, vs. adding up numbers.  I found the whole process very satisfying.  You can always listen to  yourself to find the right time for each part of a project.

Sprinkles, another Happy Heart Mandala!(TM) 23″ by 23″ Poster

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If this Heart Mandala makes you feel like a child, don’t hold back! Go to that memory of infinite time, play dates, and ice creams with sprinkles.

Heart Mandalas maintain an integrity to goodness. How good do you want to feel today? With the Heart Mandala brand, there is no option for compromise on goodness. Please feel inspired to give yourself all that you deserve. You deserve to be healthy and happy. May this poster remind you of that! Of course, please take the time to add sprinkles to everything that you do today as well! (And what do sprinkles mean for you?)

I HeartMark You! :)

Happy Heart Mandala Poster, 23 by 23

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Let this happy Heart Mandala (TM) channel its love to you and all those around you in the room. The entire image is made 100% of hearts, full of integrity to goodness. The colors are happy and vibrant. Every bit of the image is symmetrical. It will make your left, logical brain super happy to see such comfortable, perfect symmetry. But the happy, beauty will fill your right hemisphere with joy. This image stimulates both sides of the brain, gives both an equal say, and says–both of you are important, both of you count, and you’re being acknowledged and heard! If you place the Happy Heart Mandala in a room for meditation, please let it inspire you to listen to both sides of your brain because both always need to express themselves!

Thank you and I HeartMark You!,

Pressing the link will send you to Zazzle where you can order this as a framed or unframed poster!

Game Pieces For Heart Mandala Game Book 4

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Mandala design from wooden hearts

Sample design you could make from the magical wooden hearts!

Game Pieces cover for Heart Mandala & Planet Heart Game Book 4

Beautiful Wooden Hearts, and just $15.95!!!

#1 BEST SELLER!!! An interactive building toy made 100% of Hearts! Your child will play with these hearts endlessly!

The hearts have real magical powers! Keep reading to learn why!

These wooden hearts, from birch wood, match all the designs in Game Book 4, which is available on

Your child can place the hearts directly on the designs in the book, or create any designs that their imagination can come up with!

The hearts have magical powers because they are made to match in multiple directions! Inventor of the HeartMark heart hand gesture spent a lot of time fine tuning this unique heart so that it can overlap perfectly. The result: A 90 degree angle at the bottom, a 90 degree angle on top, a 90 degree angle forms in four places when the two copies of the same heart overlap to form the Power of Infinite Goodness (TM), and there’s a 90 degree angle in 8 different places when you create the Family-Friendship Symbol (TM) using 4 hearts! But forget the math. Basically, this means that you can wedge every heart to match and fit together with all the other hearts and create the Power of Infinite Goodness (TM) and wedge more hearts in every direction! It’s real magic! It works only with these unique trademark hearts!

And it’s the #1 Best Seller. Any child that loves building toys will love to design people, flowers, and even pets! Anything is possible!

You get:
40 little wooden hearts.
16 medium hearts
8 large hearts.

Every heart matches the same size of the hearts in the book. You cannot buy the hearts on Amazon. You can only buy the book on Amazon. The book is both a game and a coloring book. You can also color the wooden hearts.

They are uncoated and free of harmful chemicals.

I hope you enjoy this product!

OCD–and the Mandala Remedy:

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The variety in nature is overwhelming (and beautiful at the same time.)  I see varieties in species, styles of cooking, materials—the potential variety in this list alone could be too much for me.  I find a relief, a cleansing, in forming HeartPatternsTM such as the Heart Mandalas. TM  When I draw a particular heartflower, I am immediately faced with choices.  I have to make one decision at a time about which angle or color to use for my next step.  This is a lot to ask of me, because I see a lot of options at once.  But these are just illustrations, so I can stress less and face the challenge, one heart at a time. 

 Thank goodness I can self publish books and show a few of my many designs that are available for licensing.  Check out the latest books that you can buy through Amazon!   Please leave a review if you like my books!  Thank you!

Luckily, the technology has allowed me to produce thousands of illustrations, almost as many as I can think.  I don’t have to limit myself to one decision.  What a relief. 

I can even organize them.  I am compelled to organize and categorize them.  I must reflect as many variations as possible, and in the order that they relate.  Sometimes one design relates to several, like a species that begins several new subspecies.  And so the need to make small, but manageable decisions continues.  These HeartMandalas are a reflection of nature.  And they are a product of it.  This is yet another way we are all connected.   

I am so fortunate for these Heart Mandalas, fortunate that I can create them.  I love that I can face the variety and organize it.  It’s therapeutic.  I love practicing making small decisions that don’t alter life as we know it.  And yet they reflect the beauty and the challenges and the harmonies all around.

I HeartMark You!