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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 9: Appreciating Interdependence 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 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. Think of an event in your life such as an accomplishment or something that contributed or contributes to your well-being now (e.g. getting a job, earning a degree, finding accommodation, meeting a spouse or partner, or even a more minor event). Start to consider all the people who contributed to this event or accomplishment. Try to list everyone who played a role, even a minor role. If there are people whose names you don’t know, list them by their role, profession or some other designation. 2. Now consider the people you listed. Who did they themselves depend on? Who did they need in order to be able to play the role they played in enabling your accomplishment? If there are people whose names you don’t know, list them by their role, profession or some other designation. If there are groups of people, you can name those too. 3. Total up the number of people you come up with through this process. 4. Are you surprised by the number of people on whom this one event in your life depended? How many of these people were strangers or people you do not know very well? 5. What benefits might there be if we developed a greater appreciation of this type of interdependence? 6. Did you gain any insights from today’s journal entries? If so, explain what insights you gained and why they are valuable. 7. If you are engaging in concrete steps or practices to increase your appreciation of interdependence, 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 - 146 -