Council Curriculum: Week 13
Theme of the Week: Mental Awareness: what are you noticing
Council Prompt of the Week
For use during your circle this week.
Visit from Trainers this week on "date"
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.
James Cleveland via Greater Good Science Center "Why laughing is good for you
Listen to audio: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts/item/laugh_at_yourself
Read Transcript: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/podcasts/item/laugh_at_yourself
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:
- Reflect on the last several weeks of assignments. Have you been challenged? Have you challenged yourself? Have you grown in some way?
- What does your journey look and feel like since we started this training?
Formal Practice: 3–5 times this week do a 10–minute meditation
Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment
Use Your Non-Dominant Hand
Use your non-dominant hand for some ordinary tasks each day. These could include brushing your teeth, opening doors, or eating for part of a meal. This experiment may invoke laughter. We may discover that our non-dominant hand is quite clumsy. Using it bring us back to what Zen teachers refer to as the "beginner's mind." This practice can awaken our compassion for those who are clumsy or unskilled, such as those who have suffered from disability or injury. With this practice we have the opportunity to briefly notice how much we take for granted our simple movements.