Compassionate Integrity Training Final CIT training manual 11-30 - Page 74

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 3: Emotional Awareness 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. Describe an aspect of emotional awareness that you now have, but that you didn’t have when you were younger (such as an insight into a particular emotion, or an ability to recognize emotions, etc.). 2. Since the last time you journaled, was there a moment when a spark could have turned into a forest fire? Or did? How would this situation have turned out differently if you had had less emotional awareness? 3. Reflect on the skills you used to prevent the situation from being worse than it was. 4. Did you gain any insights from today’s journal entries? If so, explain what insights you gained and why they might be valuable. 5. If you are engaging in concrete steps or practices to increase your emotional awareness, 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 - 68 -