Council Curriculum: Week 12

Theme of the Week: Mental Awareness: belonging, my legacy

Council Prompt of the Week

For use during your circle this week.

"When it's my time, one thing I'd hope to hear said about me in my elegy  . . . "

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.


Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, "How to Resolve Racially Stressful Situation

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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 does Father Boyle's journey inform your own?
  • Do you have something in common with him with regard to your own belonging in community and your legacy?


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

Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment

True Compliments

Once a day think of someone close to you—a family member, friend, co-worker—and give them an authentic compliment. The more specific the compliment, the better. "I appreciate how you show up to lineup with such a positive attitude." Become aware also of any compliments other people give you. Notice your response, investigating the purpose of compliments and the effect on you of being given a compliment.