Today we will find connections between our experiences and the text using a method called "civic reflection." It is a simple method taught by the Center for Civic Reflection that uses "readings, images and videos to engage people in deep, productive conversation about issues that impact their communities and work in the world..." It is called "civic reflection" because it was initially used with students immersed in community engagement, but it is a simple and adaptable method. Since the reflection that will be taking place is individual and not interactive, the process of opening, closing, and moving through questions is different than it would be with a group, but the intention is still to move from encounter with the text to insight into your own experiences.
One way of picturing the inner world of emotions is to think of an inner pond that can be glassy with tranquility or rippling with powerful emotions. Many of the questions related to this reading draw upon this image.
To begin, take a few moments to arrange your space, light your candle and still your mind through a few moments of silence and attention to your breath. Open the slides that will lead you through the questions. The slides will advance automatically every thirty seconds, so pause or advance them using the controls that appear at the lower left. Spend a few minutes reflecting on each one and write your your reflections in your journal. At the close, take some time to sit in stillness, blow out your candle, and invite the day in.