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Council Curriculum: Week 10

Theme of the Week: Mental Awareness: judgments, projection, implicit bias

Council Prompt of the Week

For use during your circle this week.

"A story of a fact about something you learned that made you reassess  . . . "

or

"Make up a backstory about a person in your life that might explain some things . . . "

Suggested Study and Practice

With this week's topic in mind, below you will find material that we invite you to explore and practice on your own

or with a small group. If possible, try to do so prior to your weekly Council circle.

Reading/Listening/Watching

Jill Suttie at Great Good Science Center: Three Ways Mindfulness Can Make You Less Biases

Listen to audio: n/a

 Read Transcript: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/three_ways_mindfulness_can_make_you_less_biased

Writing

Below are suggestions for writing topics in your own personal "Gratitude Journal."

Daily Gratitude Practice: Write down something for which you are grateful.

This Week's Reflection

Write a short reflection on the assignment this week:

  • What thoughts and feelings emerged as you read Jill Suttie's article on bias?
  • Do you think that mindfulness training (awareness, compassion, non-judgement) can be helpful in training bias out of a person working in a public safety profession?
  • How do you think mindfulness traiing (formal and informal) can impact your own bias?

Awareness

Formal Practice: 3–5 times this week do a 10–minute meditation

Informal Practice: 

Notice Dislike

Become aware of aversion, the arising of negative feelings toward something or someone. These might be mild feelings such as irritation, or strong feelings such as anger or hatred. See if you can notice what happened just before the aversion arose. Is there a trigger? What sense impressions occurred—sight, sound, touch, taste, smell? What thoughts emerged? What can you become aware of within your mental/emotional landscape when aversion shows up?