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Compa ssionate Integrit y Tr a ining A S e cu l a r Ethic s Appr oa c 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 2 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. Pick an object in the room that benefits you, but you may not notice often. Draw a picture of this object in the center of a blank piece of paper in your journal. Then, using words, arrows and pictures, draw a visual representation of all of the people and things it took for you to have this object. You might ask yourself these questions as you complete this activity: “How did this item get here? How did it come to be? Who made it? What else was needed to get it here? Who made those items? etc.” 2. After your diagram is complete, write down the number of people who are associated with each part of the process and then total up the number of all of these people. 3. How does this object benefit you? What would your life be like without this object or others like it? 4. Are you surprised by the number of people on whom this item depends? How many of these people are so-called “strangers” to us? 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 n teg r i t y a nd 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 - 147 -