WELCOME TO WEEK ONE, COURAGEOUS FRIENDS

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WEEKLY INTENTION: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4 - 10, 2018

CHANGE & TRANSITION.

Change is situational and an external force. Transition is psychological and an internal experience. To move through change and transition well, we must listen to both.

When changes arise, we are asked to evolve, move, shift, transform. We focus heavily on the external needs this change brings forward yet so often neglect its center — ourselves.

The human element.

In Week I, we begin with the intention to listen to the changes and transitions happening in our lives. Courageously listen.

WEEKLY PROMPT: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4 - 10, 2018

practice stillness.

In times of change and transition, we love to move. To do things, to accomplish what is needed, falling into the common challenge of embracing change while running roughshod over our internal experience. To guide your listening, here are a few prompts to support this week’s intention and exercise.

  1. Get still for 10 minutes every day this week. Every day.

  2. Take a deep breath or two and drop back into your body.

  3. Feel into the emotions as you reflect upon the change(s).

  4. What emotions rise up within you? Name them.

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WEEKLY EXERCISE: WEEK OF - NOVEMBER 4 - 10, 2018

observe & listen.

  1. Stop thinking, stop doing, and begin listening to the change.

  2. Listen to the emotions that arise in your stillness when reflecting upon this change. What do they want to express?

  3. When the change arises in dialogue with your people, listen to how you speak of it and how your body responds.

  4. Take note of what comes through in your listening this week. Observe patterns of repetition in your thoughts & emotions.

When we courageously listen, we risk being transformed forever.
— The Courage Practice
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WEEKLY REMINDERS: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 4 - 10, 2018

listen. 

In our fast-paced global culture, our thoughts move as quickly as our bodies. We strategize, prioritize, and act. We rarely listen. This week, we begin our series with the deepest form of development humanity has ever known: listening.

Courageous listening is a practice which changes and transforms lives every day, including my own. Yet listening, particularly to ourselves, can feel like a luxury of self-care we just don’t have time for as we try to balance everything else.

Self-care, however, is not a reward for our hard work and contributions as our culture would have us believe. Self-care is the prerequisite for ALL ELSE.

Listening is one of the highest forms of self-care we can engage in regularly. It is also one we seldom utilize, filling our minds and hearts with perspective from outside of ourselves.

Let’s listen with intention this week — to the changes happening within us and around us. To ourselves and our emotions. To the patterns of thought on repeat in our mind. To the truth that rises up within our bodies when we get still.

Listening courageously with you,

 
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Learn to listen to your inner voice—your soul—more than the external voices of the world. The world will demand of you; your soul will ask of you.
— The Courage Practice