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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 10: Engaging with Discernment 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. 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. Write down a system that you are involved in or wish to have a positive impact on. Be specific. 2. As you did for Appreciating Interdependence, on a piece of paper create a visual representation of the human and non-human components that make up the system. 3. On your system map, note the places where you see the system causing harm to people and where you see the sys- tem creating benefit for people. If you can, note whether this harm and benefit is direct, structural or cultural (as described in the manual). As negativity bias can sometimes push us to focus on harm, try and be fair with how the system also creates benefit. 4. For each group of stakeholders in the system, list what you think their aspirations and fears are. What insights emerge for you as you note these aspirations and fears? 5. How would the system change if at any place in the system there were more compassion? What about anger and resentment? 6. What would be the most compassionate way for you to positively impact the system and benefit others affected by the system? 7. Did you gain any insights from today’s journal entries? If so, explain what insights you gained and why they are valuable. 8. If you are engaging in concrete steps or practices to increase your discernment, 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 - 152 -