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Council Curriculum: Week 14

Theme of the Week: Emotional Awareness: my emotional roller coaster

Council Prompt of the Week

For use during your circle this week.

"An emotion that comes easy and I can talk about, one that I have a harder time with . . . "

or

"Story of a time I felt an emotion that was new or that I couldn't describe."

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

Annie McKee: The Happiness Trap

Listen to audio: n/a

 Read Transcript: https://www.centerforcouncil.org/uploads/2/5/9/8/25980812/happiness_trap_annie_mckee_hbr.pdf

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, if anything, did you find helpful about McKee's article?
  • Did something particularly resonate with you?
  • Can your own awareness and compassion practice inform your balance between work and other parts of your life?

Awareness

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

Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment

Leave No Trace

Choose one room in your house and for one week try leaving no trace that you’ve used that space. The bathroom or kitchen is often a workable space for this practice. If you’ve been doing something in this room, clean up in such a way that you leave no signs that you’ve been there. Put a sign in your room that you’ve chosen that says “Leave no Trace”. Often, we leave rooms a bit messier than when we entered, thinking we can clean it up later. Often, later never comes until we are overwhelmed. This practice helps us become aware of our tendency to turn away from doing certain things, even small things that we could take care of during the day but somehow don’t muster the motivation to do so.