Contented & Balanced

When we feel content, we are at ease and satisfied with what we have. When we feel balanced, we have a sense that different areas of our lives are occurring in proper amounts and are given the proper amount of our attention. Students who live healthier and more balanced lifestyles tend to feel more content over time.

Activities

Resources
Contentment vs. Complacency
Students reflect on the meaning of contentment and how it is different from the meaning of complacency. Then, they research a historical figure whose acts demonstrated contentment without complacency. Finally, they reflect on strategies for experiencing contentment and avoiding complacency in their own lives.
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Self-Compassion Reflection
Students engage in a guided self-compassion meditation. Then, they work in groups to share a time when they were self-critical or unkind to themselves. One member of the group retells their story from the perspective of a compassionate friend. Students reflect on how this activity impacted how they feel, as well as how their view of the story they told may have changed based on hearing another person’s compassionate retelling of it.
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What is Balance?
Students reflect silently on their personal definitions of the word “balance.” In small groups, they discuss their personal definitions and work together in small groups to create a “balance vision” that establishes what feeling balanced means to them. Students work together as a class to combine small-group visions into a larger vision of balance for the class.
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Self-Compassion Practice
Students are introduced to the concept of self-compassion through a brief video and reflect on elements of the video. Then, they identify a time when they were self-critical and unkind to themselves and apply the concept of self-compassion to that moment. Finally, they role play the practice of self-compassion using a sample scenario.
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