Council Curriculum: Week 16

Theme of the Week: Emotional Awareness: reading others' emotion accurately

Council Prompt of the Week

For use during your circle this week.

"Story of a time I knew someone was feeling something before they said anything — and how I knew it . . "

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.


Faith Kearns: "The Stepping Stones of Integrating Emotions into Practicing Science

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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 emotion influence our practice within the criminal justice system?
  • Can you relate to what Kearns writes about emotion and science?


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

Informal Practice: Become an observer of yourself and your environment

Every Time Your Smartphone Alerts

Each time you hear, feel, or see your phone alert, stop and take two deep breaths to settle the mind before responding. Notice what emerges when your phone alerts in your thought stream and emotional climate. Create phone-free zones in your day; particularly at home, with family and friends and during meals; keep your phone in another room on a silent setting.