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Council Curriculum: Week 3

Theme of the Week: notice body language, stress in others, how they encounter me

Council Prompt of the Week
For use during your circle this week.

"When I think of elegance/strength/clumsiness/wilderness, the person who comes to mind is . . . "

 

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

Lisa Barrett "You Aren't at the Mercy of Your Emotions

Listen to video: blob:https://embed.ted.com/a49b6750-1429-4054-985c-cfffdae070da

 Read Transcript: https://www.ted.com/talks/lisa_feldman_barrett_you_aren_t_at_the_mercy_of_your_emotions_your_brain_creates_them/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:

  • How did you respond to Lisa Barrett's new research findings around emotions?
  • Historically, how have you managed your emotional being/experiences?

Awareness

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

Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment:

Filler Words
Become aware of the use of "filler" words or phrases and make an attempt to eliminate them from your speech. Filler words are words that do not add meaning to what you're saying such as "um," "ah," "well," "like," "you know," and others. Notice why you might be using these words and explore that underlying observation.