Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 38

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 Series I: Self-Cultivation Skill 1: Calming Body and Mind Before beginning to delve into personal cultivation, we must have the ability to recognize how our body and mind respond to stimuli that either activate us Learning Outcomes into an anxious state or dampen us down into a more depressive state. We act with greatest clarity when we are in the resilient zone, neither overly activated nor overly deflated. The content and skills taught in this section are designed to enable us to recognize bodily cues that indicate when we are moving out of our resilient zone and how to return to it. Practices such as grounding, tracking and resourcing are utilized to regulate the body and mind to achieve a calm yet alert state that is suitable for developing attention and other skills. Content ● Participants will learn about the autonomic nervous system (ANS) and the difference between its fight or flight response (sympathetic activation) and its rest and digest response (parasympathetic activation). ● Participants will learn about the three zones their body can be in (high, low and resilient) as a useful heuristic for understanding the ANS. Practice ● Participants will learn how to both return to the resilient zone when they move outside of it and to expand their resilient zone through practice. 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 - 32 -