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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 7: Empathic Concern 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: Empathic Concern 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. Can you think of a time in your life when someone had empathic concern for you (they had a sense of what you were experiencing and showed a sense of care and concern)? If so, describe it. If you cannot think of such a time, describe what you imagine it would be like to have someone show empathic concern to you. 2. What were the benefits of this person’s empathic concern? (Or what might you imagine the benefits of receiving empathic concern to be?) 3. If you can, describe a time in your life when you had empathic concern for another person? Or if you cannot think of such a time, imagine what it would be like and describe that. 4. When we show empathic concern to others, what benefits might there be for us from doing so? 5. How would our life be different if we were more concerned for the well-being of others, individually and collectively? 6. Did you gain any insights from today’s journal entries? If so, explain what insights you gained and why they are valuable to you. 7. If you are engaging in concrete steps or practices to increase your empathic concern, 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 - 120 -