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Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s A ppr oac h to C ulti vat ing Pe rs on al, S o ci al and E n vir on me n tal F lo u r i shing Contemplative Journal Questions Skill 5: Impartiality and Common Humanity Instructions: These journal questions are designed to help reinforce the skills you are learning in CIT. The greatest benefit will come from repeated consideration of these questions over time. They can be used in connection with, or in place of, the Contemplative Practice recordings found on the CIT website. Since space in this book is limited, you may wish to answer these questions in your personal journal. Exercise #1: Common Humanity Start with bringing to mind a resource or focus on the contact of your body with a surface, object or another body part, and allow yourself to notice any neutral or pleasant sensations that arise in your body. 1. Bring to mind three people: a. someone you consider a friend or loved one. b. someone who you find difficult (start with someone who is only slightly difficult). c. someone who is a stranger (someone to whom you feel neither close nor distant). 2. Write the name of the person or how you know them and three physical details or characteristics about each person. Try to imagine them in your mind as vividly as possible. 3. List five meaningful things that each person has in common with you. (This may be difficult at first for someone who is difficult or a stranger, but try your best.) 4. Do any insights arise as you think about what you have in common with each of these people? 5. Thinking of the difficult person and stranger, do you think each has ever experienced disappointment, loneliness, loss of a loved one, or some other difficulties? 6. As you think about their challenges, do any insights arise? 7. Do each of these people want genuine happiness and to avoid suffering? 8. Looking back at the list you created in question 3, is there anything you want to add? 9. Did you gain any insights from today’s journal entries? If so, explain what insights you gained and why they might be valuable. 10. If you are engaging in concrete steps or practices to increase your impartiality and sense of common humanity, how has that been progressing, or what have you been learning? Ce n t e r for Compa s sion , I nteg r i t y and S e cu l ar E t hics | L ife Uni ve rsi t y | M ar ie t ta, G e or g i a - 106 -