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Council Curriculum: Week 15

Theme of the Week: Emotional Awareness: finding calm in the storm

Council Prompt of the Week

For use during your circle this week.

"A story of a time my emotion got the better of me (in a positive or negative way) – and what happened . . . "

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

Susan David - "The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage"

Listen to video: blob:https://embed.ted.com/19925b11-0144-4eed-8c42-79efae2e415c

 Read Transcript: https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_the_gift_and_power_of_emotional_courage/transcript

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:

  • Did you find David's talk on emotion helpful?
  • How would you describe your own capacity for emotional agility?
  • What are possible strategies to develop in this area?

Awareness

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

Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment

Listen to Sounds

Several times a day, simply stop and listen. Open your awareness of sound 360 degrees. Listen to the obvious sounds and the subtle sounds. Listen with an open, new sense of curiosity…as if you have just landed from a foreign planet and hadn’t heard earth sounds before. When we begin listening carefully, a new world opens up and we hear sounds that have been around us yet ignored.