Station 2 – Practicing an Intentional Interior Life

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. What voices or statements do I remember from this segment?

  2. I describe my “interior life” as…

  3. How do I experience a “taboo” in exploring the depth of my interior life?

  4. How do I experience this taboo as I observe my circle of family and friends?

  5. I experience “living on the surface of life” when…

  6. What do I understand about what it means to “practice an intentional interior life” or “interiority” and why might I wish to do so?

  7. Practices I have discovered that allow me to sustain a “state of attention” include:

  8. Two statements I practice, consciously or unconsciously, reciting interiorly to myself every day include:

  9. What relational practices am I compelled to consider starting or enhancing as a result of my encounter with this segment?

  10. Other questions I wish the group to discuss are:

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What lines or phrases from this segment most caught your attention or continue to linger in your memory?

  2. What does it mean to practice “living on the surface of life?”

  3. What do you understand about what it means to “practice an intentional interior life” or “interiority” and why might someone wish to do so?

  4. What have you learned about balancing your relationship with technology and personally practicing an intentional interior life?

  5. What other practices have you discovered that may assist in sustaining a “state of attention?”

  6. What clarity did this section provide regarding the meaning of “spiritual?” Why is this an important conversation in which to engage?

  7. Talk about the message Dr. Csikszentmihalyi is attempting to communicate when he says: Mastery over the external universe is not going to add one jot to how good we as individuals feel, or reduce the chaos of the world as we experience it. To do that we must learn to achieve mastery over consciousness itself. - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

    What is Dr. Csikszentmihalyi attempting to communicate?

  8. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want. - Byron Katie

    How do we practice doing this?

  9. What additional questions do you wish the group to discuss regarding the management of an intentional interior life?

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