Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 16

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 attentively and without judgment. Often, instead of Contemplative Journal Questions truly listening, we spend time thinking about what An effective way to continue to practice advice we would give. While this urge can be motivated the skills you are learning in CIT is to by compassion, it can also interfere with our ability to keep a daily journal. First and foremost, actually be fully present to what the person is saying. this journal should be an ongoing reflection of your experiences with the content you are 4. Keep everything your partner says in total confidence. learning and the practices you are engaged in each week. Nothing creates safe space more effectively than trust. Knowing that each of you will keep everything you hear confidential will build that trust. Consider keeping track of any insights you experience or challenges you face as you do the practices or test out what you are learning in your day to day life. Additionally, as a form of ongoing practice, you may choose to use the Contemplative Journal Questions When it is your turn to speak: provided along with each skill as a form of analytical 1. Remember that the questions are phrased so that there practice to challenge your way of thinking and embody are no right or wrong answers. the insights you gain from the course. These journal 2. Remember that what you share will be kept confidential. questions can be used in connection with, or in place of, 3. If you do not want to answer the question that is asked the Contemplative Practice recordings found on the CIT of you, then just feel free to answer the question that website. Since space here in this book is limited, you you wish the other person had asked. may wish to copy these questions into your personal journal, so you may answer them multiple times during While designed to be used during a CIT group session, if the course. The greatest benefit will come from repeated you are practicing CIT on your own, feel free to try these consideration of these questions over time. exercises out with a partner. The Reflective Writing and Mindful Dialogues exercises are based on the Ayeka Method of spiritual education developed by Aryeh Ben David. 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 - 10 -