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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.

Reading/Listening/Watching

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

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:

  • 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?

Awareness

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.