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Council Curriculum: Week 17

Theme of the Week: Emotional Awareness: compassionate maneuvering

Council Prompt of the Week

For use during your circle this week.

"Story of a time someone was distraught and what I did or didn't do . . . "

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

Aaron Bergman, et al. "Facets of Mindfulness Decrease Stress and Anger in Police Officers

Listen to video: n/a

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

  • Is anger helpful for me?
  • How can I become more skilled at regulating anger and other emotions?

Awareness

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

Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment

Waiting

Anytime you find yourself waiting—in line at the store, waiting for someone who is late, or waiting for your computer to respond—use this as an opportunity to practice attention to your senses; listen, feel, notice. There are several useful practices while waiting. One is mindfulness of breath. Another is listening to sounds, opening and expanding your sense of hearing to take in the whole room and beyond. When you notice yourself becoming annoyed or anxious for ‘having to wait,’ remind yourself that this could be a gift for awareness practice.