Meditation Course: Family Meditation

 PRACTICAL MEDITATION
A Way of Life for the Individual and the Family

Section 10: Family Meditation-Introduction

Supreme Bliss is the lot of the sage, whose mind attains Peace, whose passions subside, who is without sin and who becomes one with the Absolute. Thus, free from sin, abiding always in the Eternal, the saint enjoys without effort the Bliss which flows from realization of the Infinite. Bhagavad Gita 6:27-28

Lesson 144: Introduction
The main purpose of a family meditation program is to cultivate unity within the family. As a family we are united in mission and purpose. To be united means that we care for each other; we help each other; we protect each other; we look out for each other; and we love each other. As parents we put the needs of our children above our needs and we put the needs of our family above our individual needs. Family meditation helps us to internalize our family values. The values of love teach us to care for others. Caring for others is the beginning of the development of unity consciousness. The values of patience teach us to take time in our interactions with our environment. When we take time we give way to the forces of fulfillment to work in our favor. The values of honesty teach us to be straightforward with our environment. When we are straightforward we are truthful in our dealings. The values of work teach us to contribute to the good of society. Work enables us to use our talents for the good of all creatures and at the same time helps us to take care of our own needs. The values of cooperation help us to work together with others for the accomplishment of worthwhile purposes. Cooperating with others brings out the best in us that serves as the missing link in a group effort. The values of generosity teach us to give without expecting anything in return. When we are generous with our time, talents and wealth we attract similar efforts from our environment for our good. These values are necessary not only for the growth and stability of our families but also for the growth and stability of society in general.

Family meditation also helps us to develop peace of mind. Raising children could sometimes be a daunting task but through daily meditation and disclosure we could reduce the stress of parenting. Meditation calms us down and helps us to be realistic with our environment. It helps children to divert their attention from the demands of life and focus on worthwhile endeavors. This diversion could be a tonic for their peace of mind and well being. Peace of mind as you would expect is necessary to excel in school since they would be able to concentrate in class and do their homework. Disclosure as mentioned above helps the parent to tune into the life of the child in school and in day care. Children like to talk about their day and do not hesitate to include disclosure in your meditation schedule for the family. In this way you could detect potential problems before they materialize. These problems could be drug use, bullies and similar issues in the life of your child.

A typical family meditation session could begin around 8:00 PM in a room like the living room or any other room. You may use meditation mats or cushions and sit facing the North or the East. Sitting facing the North aligns you with the earth’s magnetic field and sitting facing the East places you in the direction of the rising sun. You may also sit in a circle or semi circle depending on whether it is an individual meditation or group meditation. In an individual meditation each meditates on an assigned subject according to the person’s preference. In a group meditation each follows a guided pattern of meditation. You may begin with a breathing exercise for about 5 minutes before beginning the meditation. Breathing helps to foster the state of mind necessary for meditation. Your meditation could be for about 5 minutes initially and gradually increase the duration as the family becomes more comfortable. 

It is healthy to serve tea at the end of your meditation as a treat for the family. Let an adult make the tea. The children may take turns to serve tea to each member. When choosing tea for your enjoyment after meditation, consider tea with health benefits like green tea. Green tea is said to help in boosting the immune system, regulating cholesterol levels, fighting the build-up of sticky plaque in the arteries, interfering with the cancer process, assisting in weight loss, fighting harmful bacteria and viruses, protecting the body against free radical damage, etc. For all these benefits it is worth serving green tea and raise your children to make a healthy choice for their tea needs. 

Make individual disclosure a part of your meditation program. This is a proactive way of finding out what is going on in your child’s life when you are not there. Let them talk about their day with respect to their classmates, teachers and friends. Ask them what they did at school or in the day care. Find out about their relationship with their friends and their teachers. Find out if there are any bullies in their class. If there are bullies what is the school doing about them. Follow up with the teacher or principal immediately. Drug use, peer pressure and discrimination are some other areas to be concerned with your child’s education and well-being.

Let the children first take turns to share what happened to them in school. If they go straight to the day care after school let them also talk about what happened at the day care. There should be complete silence as soon as sharing begins. Parents should pay particular attention to each child as he or she recounts what happened. Do not interrupt the presentation. Ask questions after each presentation. Parents should also share their day at work or wherever they went and what they did during the day. Encourage the children to also ask questions after each disclosure session.

You may use part of the meditation period to make presentations on books you read during the week. You could also observe family reading time on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Family reading is when the whole family reads for about 30 minutes. Set a family reading goal. For instance each member of the family may finish reading a book of about 100 pages every week. Encourage the family by rewarding those who meet this goal. A family award certificate, a treat at your son’s or daughter’s favorite restaurant, or a “well done” card are some of the ways to reward any one who meets his or her goal.

Further you may also use the period after meditation to draft, update or reconsider your family rules. Family rules are important to the family and should be a visible part of the family. Every family member should have a copy. While family rules are important lack of enforcement for violations will seem as if you have no rules at all. For an effective rule let all members of the family including the children make the rules and the children should also take part in the enforcement. Enforcement could be a dollar for each violation and the proceeds donated to a non-profit organization such as a homeless shelter or animal rescue center at the end of the year.

In order to help the enforcement of family rules a family in Portland, Oregon uses a Merits and Demerits system. In Merits and Demerits a violation of Family Rules gets a Demerit and a presentation to the family gets a Merit. At the end of each month all the Merits are added together and all the Demerits are also added together. The lower of the totals is subtracted from the higher total and the result could be a Merit or a Demerit. If a Merit a monetary value is assigned to the Merit and parents take the children out for a treat. If a Demerit you do chores like cleaning the kitchen and bathrooms, mowing the lawn or doing the laundry. At the end of the year all demerits are added together and a monetary value assigned. Total demerits for the family in monetary terms is donated to a homeless center, animal rescue center, or to your favorite humanitarian organization. We have included the Merits and Demerits statement in Appendix A and the Family Activities and Responsibilities Statement in Appendix B. 

Lastly we cannot overlook the importance of food even in a program of meditation. According to the Bhagavad Gita (Bhagavad Gita 6:16-17): Meditation is not for him who eats too much, nor for him who eats not at all; nor for him who is overmuch addicted to sleep, nor for him who is always awake. But for him who regulates his food and recreation, who is balanced in action, in sleeping and in waking, it shall dispel all unhappiness. Further the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Dietary Guidelines 2010 advises us to pay particular attention to the food in our plates and to eat less. A summary of Dietary Guidelines 2010 is included in Appendix C. A food pyramid by Dr. Weil is also included in Appendix D. Take good care of yourself and happy fruitful meditation.

Section 11: Family Meditation-Month 1

The goal of the first month of meditation is to be in control of your thoughts. Instead of letting your thoughts going wild you try to choose what you want to think about. Replace for instance the bad things people did to you with good things that happened to you and how you could help others with your time and talent. Master your thoughts and choose what you think about. Change your life by the thoughts you hold because your thoughts have wings and you become what you think about. 



Lesson 145: Month 1, Week 1, Day 1
Turn off all sources of noise such as your television and go to your meditation room at the agreed upon time. Assume your meditation positions. You may sit on the floor, on meditation mats or on meditation cushions. You may sit facing the East, or the North. Alternatively you could sit forming a semi circle or a full circle. 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible. 
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there anything you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now have your favorite picture before you. First look at the picture for thirty seconds and note how you look like. Now put away the picture but see it in your mind’s eye for about thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 146: Month 1, Week 1, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now have a book before you. First look at the book for thirty seconds and note the shape, color and texture. Now put away the book but see it in your mind’s eye for about thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 147: Month 1, Week1, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Reflect on an inspiring childhood incident that makes your day. What happened? Where did it happen? Who else is involved? What are they doing? What are you doing? What are they saying? What are you saying? What makes it memorable?
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 148: Month 1, Week 1, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now have an apple before you. First look at the apple for about thirty seconds and note the shape, color and texture. Now put away the apple but see it in your mind’s eye for about thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 149: Month 1, Week 1, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Initiative by George Bernard Shaw: People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 150: Month 1, Week 2, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now have a banana before you. First look at the banana for about thirty seconds and note the shape, color and texture. Now put away the banana but see it in your mind’s eye for about thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 151: Month 1, Week 2, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now check out your Desktop Computer. First look at the Computer for about sixty seconds and note the parts at the front and at the back. Now go back to your meditation room and see the computer in your mind’s eye. As you see it name the parts. How many parts did you recall? What are they?
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 152: Month 1, Week 2, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now check out your refrigerator and count what are in it. Go back to your meditation room and reflect on the refrigerator. Note the shape, color and the height. Now open it and count all the things in it. How many did you count? Compare your result with those of others. Compare your result with the actual count.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 153: Month 1, Week 2, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Now check out the guest restroom and note what is in it. Go back to your meditation room and reflect on the guest restroom. Note the shape, color and the size. Now go into the room and count all the things in it. How many did you count? Compare your result with those of others. Compare your result with the actual count.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 154: Month 1, Week 2, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on the Present by W.E.B. Du Bois: “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime”.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 155: Month 1, Week 3, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize the route you normally take to your office, school, or any place you frequently visit. Leave your home and start walking or driving or riding whatever your means of transportation might be. Stop at the stop signs and note all the things that you see on your way. Greet the people, the squirrels and the flowers on your way. On arrival pack your means of transportation and walk into the building or location. If you walked to the place or had a ride just go right in. Note what people are doing. Get to your table and begin your work for the day. Note all your activities including your relationship with customers, your boss and co-workers. Sign off at the end of the day and return home noting all the important sights on your way back. Visualization, when used in advance of an activity, helps the activity to go like clock work. An invincible hand seems to guide your activities. You may bring order to your daily life by practicing visualization in advance of all your activities.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 156: Month 1, Week 3, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize visiting your temple, church, lodge, or community center. Note the shape, color and size of the building from the outside. Do the same thing from the inside. Consider the arrangement of the furniture and note the people. What are they doing? Share in what is going on. What are you doing? Concentrate on what you are doing for about five minutes and end your visit.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 157: Month 1, Week 3, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize going to a grocery store. Note the shape, color and size of the building from the outside. Do the same thing from the inside. Get a cart for shopping. Observe the arrangement of the grocery store. Get out your shopping list and begin to shop. Go from isle to isle until you are done shopping. Count your grocery and go to the checkout stand to check out. How much did you spend? What did you buy?
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 158: Month 1, Week 3, Day 4 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next imagine your bedroom and see it in your mind’s eye. Note the color of the walls and the dimensions. Now walk to your bedroom, open the door and count the things in it starting with the bed. How many did you count? Compare your result with the actual count. You may each go to your rooms after the meditation and count the things in your room. If you find it difficult to count what is in your bedroom it means that it is time to donate some to others who might need what you are not using. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 159: Month 1, Week 3, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Education for Everyone by John Comenius: Not the children of the rich or of the powerful only, but of all alike, boys and girls, both noble and ignoble, rich and poor, in all cities and towns, villages and hamlets, should be sent to school. Education is indeed necessary for all, and this is evident if we consider the different degrees of ability. No one doubts that those who are stupid need instruction, that they may shake off their natural dullness. But in reality those who are clever need it far more, since an active mind, if not occupied with useful things, will busy itself with what is useless, curious, and pernicious. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 160: Month 1, Week 4, Day 1: 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize visiting a flower garden. You may visit a rose garden, a tulip garden, a rhododendron garden or any flower garden of your choice. Observe the design of the garden. What flowers are in the garden? Doe the garden have only one kind of flower or several kinds? Name the flowers. Note their colors, shape and appeal. Reflect on how they came to be so colorful. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 161: Month 1, Week 4, Day 2: 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Reflect on the following quote from the Universal Holy Book: It may seem to you at this period that your peers love you more. But make no mistake about the love of your parents. You are part of your parents. You are not part of your peers. Your parents love you and they want the best for you. Your peers pretend to love you and they want to be the best. Your parents are a permanent part of you. You peers are a temporary part of you. You parents will be there for you at the end of the day. Your peers will go to their homes at the end of the day. You parents will be there for you for as long as they live. Your peers will not be there after this phase! (Universal Holy Book: The Book of Life 6:51-62)
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 162: Month 1, Week 4, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize the route you normally take to the grocery store. Leave your home driving or as a passenger. Stop at the stop signs and note all the things that you see on your way. Pack your vehicle on arrival and walk into the store. Get a shopping cart and begin to shop. Observe the people around you. Note the arrangement of the goods. Walk through all the isles and note the things and people you see. Now go to the cashier and pay for your grocery. First place then on the checking stand one by one at your turn. Watch as the cashier scans them. Now pay for your grocery when she is done. Note the means of payment. Is it a credit card, check or cash? You may now put your grocery in bags and drop the bags in the cart. In some stores the cashier or another person may bag the grocery for you. Note how the person does it. Finally you may push your cart to your vehicle and transfer the bags into your vehicle and return the card to the cart stand. You may now drive home.. Obey traffic rules on your way back and note all the important sights on your way. Once at home off load your grocery and arrange them in your refrigerator or pantry as the case may be. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 163: Month 1, Week 4, Day 4 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next imagine the family room and see it in your mind’s eye. Note the color of the walls and the dimensions. Now walk to your family room and sit on one of the chairs. Observe all the things in the family room and count the things in it starting with the television. How many did you count? Compare your result with those of others. Compare your result with the actual count. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 164: Month 1, Week 4, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Count from 100 backwards that is 100, 99, 88, etc, until you reach 1. Now count the normal way from 1 to 100. Concentrate on your counting and see the figures in your mind’s eye as you count.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on the Life of Benjamen Carson, Surgeon by The Resilience Project
In the Fifth grade, Benjamin Carson thought he was one of the dumbest kids in his class. His classmates though he was one of the dumbest, his teacher thought he was one of the dumbest, and he thought he was one of the dumbest. Therefore, when he brought home a report that reflected poor progress, Benjamin was very philosophical about it. He told his mother, “Yah, you know it doesn’t matter very much”. 

His mother was a different opinion. Having only a third grade education, Mrs. Carson knew that her children’s only chance to escape poverty was through a good education. Her two boys were not reaching their potential at school, and she knew that if they were going to get a good education, it would have to start at home. She began with three rules. Rule number one, the boys would only be allow to watch two pre-selected TV shows per week. Rule number two, the two boys would have to finish all their homework before they could watch TV or even play outside. Rule number three, the boys would have to read two books from the library each week and write a book report on each of them. 

Benjamin was dismayed at these new rules and tried very hard to talk his mother out of them. She stood firm, and not thinking to disobey his mother, he followed her rules. Before long he saw the fruits of his labor, when he was the only one who knew an answer to a question the teacher asked the class. Then there was a second question only he knew the answer to. His teacher and rest of his classmates were surprised that he knew the correct answer to such hard questions. He was even a little surprised himself, but he knew his knowledge came from the books was reading. 

He began to surmise that if he could learn just a few facts from books at the library he could learn anything. Benjamin continued on his road of growth and became an academic leader in his school. He had learned to love reading and realized that he could channel that love into learning. He did not let the labels and jeers of others, forever box him into an unproductive and unfulfilling future. Mrs. Carson did not settle for less then her boys were capable of being, she demanded that they take their education seriously and gave them a structured way they could do it. Today Benjamin Carson, the boy who thought he was the dumbest boy in his 5th grade class, is a world famous surgeon at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland.

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

 

Section 12: Family Meditation-Month 2

The goal of the second month of meditation is to improve your power of visualization. Visualization is seeing with your mind and it plays a significant role in creation. The statement that “if you can see it, you can create it” is not just a fancy phrase. All creation begins from within and the more you can focus the better you will be in creating the circumstances of your life. Train your mind to focus on the images you want to create and avoid the images that intrude on your mind.



Lesson 165: Month 2, Week 1, Day 1 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Reflect on Responsibility and Commitment by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer: Our commitment should be to leave our environment in better shape than when we found it, our nation's fiscal house in better order, our public infrastructure in better repair, and our people better educated and healthier. To indulge in immediate gratification and exploitation is an insult to previous generations, who sacrificed for us, and thievery from the next generation, who depend on our virtue. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 166: Month 2, Week 1, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Reflect on Life by Proverbs 23:19-21: Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path: Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel now?

Lesson 167: Month 2, Week 1, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next have an orange before you. First look at the orange for thirty seconds and note the shape, color and texture. Now put away the orange but see it in your mind’s eye for thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for about five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 168: Month 2, Week 1, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Visualize that you are in a boat at the middle of a turbulent sea. The waves rise and fall and you feel like being swallowed by the sea. Gradually visualize the turbulent sea calming down. The sea becomes so calm that you could not even imagine there was ever a storm on that sea. Bring calm and peace to your troubled world with this exercise.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 169: Month 2, Week 1, Day 5 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next Reflect on Success by Theodore Roosevelt: I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. The life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 170: Month 2, Week 2, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next Reflect on What Money can’t Buy by Arne Garborg: For money you can have everything it is said. No, that is not true. You can buy food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; soft beds, but not sleep; knowledge but not intelligence; glitter, but not comfort; fun, but not pleasure; acquaintances, but not friendship; servants, but not faithfulness; gray hair, but not honor; quiet days, but not peace. The shell of all things you can get for money. But not the kernel. That cannot be had for money. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 171: Month 2, Week 2, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next Reflect on Right Understanding by Anonymous: Recognize your direct, 
one to one relationship with the Universe. Society has interjected itself so completely into our minds and heart that we have lost sovereignty over our lives. In reality there is a fundamental connection between just you and life and there is nothing whatsoever in between. Get rid of all you have borrowed from outside sources and try to see life with your own eyes. The impact of this understanding gives one a sense of aloneness, not loneliness, and brings with it a sense of power and freedom essential to sustaining your spirit. You have been born into this universe, that is the only license you need in order to live your life according to your terms. Reflecting on death brings home this point. Being able to stand alone gives you immense strength. Having a good sense of humor and a happy frame of mind is also going to play an important role in keeping your confidence up. The importance of having a sense of humor cannot be overstated, as you will soon realize that it is better to laugh at the antics of your mind than to take it to task or become demoralized. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 172: Month 2, Week 2, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize that you are in a wood and playing with squirrels. First a squirrel follows you as you walk in the wood. Then you stop and get some nuts from your bag to feed the squirrel. As you feed the squirrel other squirrels begin to join the feast. You get more nuts from your bag to feed them but finally ran out of nuts. Now count the number of squirrels you fed. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 173: Month 2, Week 2, Day 4 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Forgiveness by Anonymous: Forgiveness loosens the knot of hurt. It lightens your body-mind burden. Feeling guilty for holding negative thoughts? Forgive yourself and let that go too. Enjoy the harmonious feelings that follow.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 174: Month 2, Week 2, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on a Prayer by the Dalai Lama: 
May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 175: Month 2, Week 3, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on a Life by the Buddha: 
Life is short.
Time is fleeting.
Uncover the True Nature.
Purify the mind and heart to attain happiness.
Be kind; be compassionate.
Be generous; do good.
Concentrate.
Understand.
Awaken.
Overcome
. . . greed with generosity, 
. . . anger with loving kindness, 
. . . ignorance with understanding.

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 176: Month 2, Week 3, Day 2: 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on First They Came ------ by Martin Niemoeller: 
They came first for the Communists, 
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. 
Then they came for the Jews, 
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. 
Then they came for the trade unionists, 
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. 
Then they came for the Catholics, 
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. 
Then they came for me, 
and by that time no one was left to speak up. 

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 177: Month 2, Week 3, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next have a banana before you. First look at the banana for thirty seconds and note the shape, color and texture. Now put away the banana but see it in your mind’s eye for thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for about five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 178: Month 2, Week 3, Day 4: 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?

Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Visualize that you are crabbing at your favorite spot by the ocean. You have 2 crabbing nets. Stick a chicken leg in each of the crabbing nets and throw into the water. Visualize that a number crabs are in each of the nets. Pull the nets after about ten minutes. Throw the nets back after removing the crabs. Do this for about an hour. How many crabs did you catch? Now return all the crabs back to the sea and return home.

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 179: Month 2, Week 3, Day 5: 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?

Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on, On Science and Reason by Robert Ingersoll
To love justice, to long for the right, 
to love mercy, to pity the suffering, to assist the weak, 
to forget wrongs and remember benefits--
to love the truth, to be sincere, to utter honest words, 
to love liberty, to wage relentless war against slavery in all its forms, 
to love wife and child and friend, to make a happy home, 
to love the beautiful; in art, in nature, 
to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed, the noble deeds of all the world, 
to cultivate courage and cheerfulness, to make others happy, 
to fill life with the splendor of generous acts, the warmth of loving words, 
to discard error, to destroy prejudice, to receive new truths with gladness, 
to cultivate hope, to see the calm beyond the storm, the dawn beyond the night, 
to do the best that can be done and then to be resigned---
this is the religion of reason, the creed of science. 
This satisfies the brain and heart.

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 180: Month 2, Week 4, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?

Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on Yes, We Can by President Barak Obama: 
When we have faced down impossible odds, 
when we've been told we're not ready or that we shouldn't try or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with
a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: 
Yes, we can. 
Yes, we can. 
Yes, we can. 
It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: 
Yes, we can. 
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail towards freedom through the darkest of nights: 
Yes, we can. 
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness: 
Yes, we can. 
It was the call of workers who organized, 
women who reached for the ballot, 
a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, 
and a king who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the promised land: 
Yes, we can, to justice and equality. 
Yes, we can, to opportunity and prosperity. 
Yes, we can heal this nation. 
Yes, we can repair this world. 
Yes, we can. 

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 181: Month 2, Week 4, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Don’t Give up by Vicki Silvers:
There may be times when you feel
as if you have taken a million steps towards 
your dreams, and acted on your plans, only to find 
yourself in the same place that you began from.
At times like this, you must not give up. 
You must continue on. Though you may feel 
lost, bewildered, and alone, continue to believe
in yourself. Do not allow discouragement and 
doubt to blur your vision and wash away
your dreams. Visualize your way beyond the 
detours, standstills, and obstacles.
. . . Whatever the hurt of the moment
may be, it will pass. Tomorrow is always a 
new dawn.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 182: Month 2, Week 4, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next have a lemon before you. First look at the lemon for thirty seconds and note the shape, color and texture. Now put away the lemon but see it in your mind’s eye for thirty seconds. If your mind wonders bring it back to the image until you could see it continuously for about five minutes or more.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 183: Month 2, Week 4, Day 4 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next visualize that you are in a snow-covered meadow. Go to the center and begin to build a snow family including a man, woman, children, and a pet. How tall is your snowman? How tall is your snowwoman? How tall are the children? What is the family pet? How tall is the pet? What are they wearing? Now take down all the snow people and pets. Compare your answers with those of other family members.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 184: Month 2, Week 4, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Life by the Buddha:
“This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds,
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the
Movements of dance,
A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain.”
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

 

Section 13: Family Meditation-Month 3

The goal of the third month of meditation is to manage our emotions. Emotions are a part of our lives. There is no day that goes by without one feeling happy, loving, hopeful, faithful, optimistic, sympathetic, joyful, curious, interested, enthusiastic, inspirational, proud, laughing, contented, accepting, and peaceful. On the other hand there is no day that goes by without someone feeling disappointed, hurt, frustrated, guilty, hopeless, jealous, revengeful, greedy, blaming, regretful, resentful, lustful, angry, hostile, fearful, hateful, grief, superstition and proud. There is nothing wrong in feeling these emotions because the emotions are not good or bad in themselves. It is in our reactions that the emotions could result in something good or bad. For instance if you are angry with your parent and you hit her you have done something bad. On the other hand if you are happy and you clean the house you have done something good. The challenge is to find out the link to your emotions and do the things that foster your life and avoid the things that hurt others.



Lesson 185: Month 3, Week 1, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Being Present with our Children by Nancy Hathaway:
One of the greatest delights in being a parent is being present with our children. When we are truly present, we feel complete, whole and fully alive. The practice of parenting mindfully means being in touch/ aware/ present with what is happening in our lives right now, in this moment with loving, non-judgmental attention. When we use mindfulness to be more in touch with our children, we are able to take delight in the small pleasures of everyday life, as well as being better able to stand in the middle of chaos. As we become more centered and balanced, we can respond to stressful situations with clarity and freshness instead of reacting out of old patterns. Living mindfully with our families, we provide a more loving home, as well as a role model for our children as they explore the world around them. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 186: Month 3, Week 1, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Selflessness by the Buddha:
There is nothing more worthy
than the virtue of selflessness.
Selfless unites people.
It is a healing herb that unifies
strangers and brings
families together.
It is the love for others that is 
higher than self-love;
It is our only hope.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 187: Month 3, Week 1, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Consider a positive emotion that you felt recently. What happened before you started feeling the emotion? Go through the event in your mind’s eye including all the people involved. What triggered the emotion? Was it what someone said or what you saw or what you thought? How did you react to the emotion? What did you do after you felt the emotion? Now that you are reliving what happened would you say that your reaction was appropriate? What could you have done?
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 188: Month 3, Week 1, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Consider a negative emotion that you felt recently. What happened before you started feeling the emotion? Go through the event in your mind’s eye including all the people involved. What triggered the emotion? Was it what someone said or what you saw or what you thought? How did you react to the emotion? What did you do after you felt the emotion? Now that you are reliving what happened would you say that your reaction was appropriate? What could you have done?
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 189: Month 3, Week 1, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Peace by Black Elk: The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is known that true peace, which, as I have often said, is within the souls of men.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 190: Month 3, Week 2, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Greatest by Atisha: 
The greatest achievement is selflessness. 
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the world’s ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is peace of mind.
The greatest practice is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.”
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 191: Month 3, Week 2, Day 2 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Donkey in the Well by Anonymous
One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, that the well needed to be covered anyway and that it just wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. 
So he invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off! Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 192: Month 3, Week 2, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Initiative by Shanon Hughes
As daylight fades and twilight approaches,
Swift and steady night soon encroaches,
So seize this moment and contemplate your next,
What will you do with the moments you have left?
For no gravestone could ever eulogize,
The death of great dreams unrealized.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 193: Month 3, Week 2, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Mindfulness by the Buddha
Do not dwell in the past. 
Do not dream of the future. 
Concentrate the mind on the 
present moment. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 194: Month 3, Week 2, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Family by the Buddha:
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 195: Month 3, Week 3, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Belief by the Buddha:
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 196: Month 3, Week 3, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Heaven by Fra Giovani:
No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take heaven! No peace lies in the future that is not hidden in this present little instant. Take peace! The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within our reach, is joy. There is radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see we have only to look. Life is so generous a giver, but we, judging the gifts by their covering, cast them away as ugly, or heavy, or hard. Remove the covering and you find beneath it a living splendor, woven of love, by wisdom with power. Welcome it, grasp it and you touch the angel’s hand that brings it to you. Everything we call a trial, a sorrow, or a duty, believe me, that angel’s hand is there; the gift is there and the wonder of an overshadowing Presence. Our joys, too, be not content with them as joys. They, too, conceal diviner gifts. Life is so full of meaning and purpose, so full of beauty beneath its covering, that you will find earth that cloaks your heaven. Courage, then, to claim it; that is all! But courage you have and the knowledge that we are pilgrims together, wending through unknown country, home.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 197: Month 3, Week 3, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Earth by the Native American Wisdom:
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 198: Month 3, Week 3, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Body by Thirukural
The body requires no medicine if you eat only after the food you have already eaten is digested. Once digestion is complete, eat with moderation; that is the way to prolong the life of the body. Life remains unharmed when one eats with restraint, refraining from foods that have proven disagreeable. The pleasures of health abide in the man who eats moderately. The pains of disease dwell with him who eats excessively. The thoughtless glutton who gorges himself beyond the limits of his digestive fires will be consumed by limitless ills. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 199: Month 3, Week 3, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Lion and the Mouse by Aesop
Once when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. "Pardon, O King," cried the little Mouse: "forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?" The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. "Was I not right?" said the little Mouse. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 200: Month 3, Week 4, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on A Fable by Robert Ingersoll
A devout clergyman sought every opportunity to impress upon the mind of his son the fact that God takes care of all his creatures. Happening, one day, to see a crane wading in quest of food, the good man pointed out to his son the perfect adaptation of the crane to get his living in that manner. "See," said he, "how his legs are formed for wading! What a long slender bill he has! Observe how nicely he folds his feet when putting them in or drawing them out of the water! He does not cause the slightest ripple. He is thus enabled to approach the fish without giving them any notice of his arrival." . . . "Yes," replied the boy. "I think I see the goodness of God, at least so far as the crane is concerned. But after all, father, don't you think the arrangement a little tough on the fish?"
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 201: Month 3, Week 4, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on The Grasshopper and the Ant by Aesop
An ant is a very wise though a very little animal and lays up food in the summer, when there is plenty, against the winter, when there is none. He is thoughtful and serious. A grasshopper is the merriest of creature in the word; he sings all the summer long, but when the winder comes, he dies of hunger and cold. A grasshopper, as the story says, at the beginning of a hard winter, happened to meet an ant. The grasshopper was very hungry. He looked at the and, as much as to say, You are a very wise animal, and have got a store h-house full of corn. He then plucked up a spirit and cried in a melancholy tone, "Pray Mr. Ant, give me a grain of your corn.!" "That I will," said the ant, and fetched him a little; "but do not come to me any more: perhaps you may find other charitable ants not far off, another day. I have only enough to last my own family, who all helped in collecting it." Ants are very sorry to see other animals starve, but animals that can work for themselves and will not and, as the saying is, do not make hay while the sun shines, cannot always expect to have their idleness maintained by our industry. 
People will think much better of a creature that is sober and pains-taking in time, than one that, for want of taking pains, is obliged to go a-begging.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 202: Month 3, Week 4, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Think Like a Tree by Karen I. Shragg
Soak up the sun
Affirm life's magic
Be graceful in the wind
Stand tall after a storm
Feel refreshed after it rains
Grow strong without notice
Be prepared for each season
Provide shelter to strangers
Hang tough through a cold spell
Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring
Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky
Be still long enough to
hear your own leaves rustling
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 203: Month 3, Week 4, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on The Two Travelers and the Farmer by Ashliman D.L
A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment. "What sort of people live in the next town?" asked the stranger. "What were the people like where you've come from?" replied the farmer, answering the question with another question. "They were a bad lot. Troublemakers all, and lazy too. The most selfish people in the world, and not a one of them to be trusted. I'm happy to be leaving the scoundrels." "Is that so?" replied the old farmer. "Well, I'm afraid that you'll find the same sort in the next town. Disappointed, the traveler trudged on his way, and the farmer returned to his work. Some time later another stranger, coming from the same direction, hailed the farmer, and they stopped to talk. "What sort of people live in the next town?" he asked. "What were the people like where you've come from?" replied the farmer once again. "They were the best people in the world. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I'm sorry to be leaving them." "Fear not," said the farmer. "You'll find the same sort in the next town." 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 204: Month 3, Week 4, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Failure by GABRIEL OKPE
I believe a failure is that man that remains on the ground when he falls because he fears if he raises he might fall again, or that man that accept what people think of or call him, better still he is that man that thinks "that task is too big for me", " I can't Possibly do that", "It is not yet my time/turn". Because all these elude a man of the prize that awaits the activist.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

 

Section 14: Family Meditation-Month 4

The goal of the fourth month of meditation is to improve our health. Overweight, fast food, stress, anger, fear, superstition, inactivity, bullies, pollution, immunization, injury, violence, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are a few areas that could be a source of problems to our health. The focus of this month is to take an inventory of our lives at home, work and school in order to determine our risk areas.



Lesson 205: Month 4, Week 1, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Persistence by Calvin Coolidge
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not... nothing is more common than unsuccessful people will talent.
Genius will not... unrewarded genius is almost legendary.
Education will not.... the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 206: Month 4, Week 1, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next read the USDA Dietary guideline for your age group and discuss the recommended servings and food groups with the rest of the family. You may download the USDA Dietary Guideline from their website or write to the Department for free printed copies.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 207: Month 4, Week 1, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Consider the food you eat daily. Do you eat a balanced meal? How many servings of milk or dairy products; meats, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts or legumes; vegetables; fruit; bread, cereal, grains or pasta do you eat daily? How often do you use fats and oils in your food? According to the Food Guide Pyramid a balanced meal contains food from 6 groups including fats and oils; bread, cereal, grains or pasta; fruits; vegetables; meats, fish, poultry, eggs, nuts or legumes; and milk or dairy products. A serving is a recommended amount of food to be consumed at a time or in one sitting. For more information please check out the USDA website for your dietary guideline.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 208: Month 4, Week 1, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Natural Interconnection by Hannah Dresner
It is a natural aspect of the world’s design that life forms are interdependent. If compassion means empathic awareness of that natural interconnection, then compassion is a law of nature we cannot deny. If we want to live in harmony with the logic of our world, we can’t ignore the parts of us that are custodians of the earth and our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We’re responsible for one another’s wellbeing whether we choose to act in accordance with that responsibility or not, because our wellbeing is inescapably collective.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 209: Month 4, Week 1,Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on History and Responsibility by Gerda Lerner
We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 210: Month 4, Week 2,Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Peace by the Dalai Lama
Peace . . . starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice. For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 211: Month 4, Week 2,Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next consider a health problem that you experience and reflect on it. For instance if you are afraid of something what is it that makes you afraid and why are you afraid of it. Is it lack of knowledge or superstition? Some people are afraid of snakes or spiders. Confront the agent or reconcile with the person and try to achieve balance. Share your meditation with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 212: Month 4, Week 2, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?

Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on The True Test of the American Ideal by Barak Obama
The true test of the American ideal is whether we’re able to recognize our failings and then rise together to meet the challenges of our time. Whether we allow ourselves to be shaped by events and history, or whether we act to shape them. Whether chance of birth or circumstance decides life’s big winners and losers, or whether we build a community where, at the very least, everyone has a chance to work hard, get ahead, and reach their dreams.

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 213: Month 4, Week 2,Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next consider what you think of most of the time. Is the thought a distraction or does it add to your present well being and future good? If it is a distraction have you considered replacing it with a progressive thought? For instance thinking about money or your bills does not help you to get money to pay your bills. But looking for a part time job to make extra income to pay off your bills will help. Alternatively, reducing your financial commitments on certain things like cable TV, eating out and even selling your big home for a smaller one or moving to a less expensive apartment could help. In this meditation begin to confront your unprogressive thoughts and replace them with uplifting ones. 

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 214: Month 4, Week 2,Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?

Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.

Next reflect on The Intelligent and Good man by Robert Ingersoll
The intelligent and good man holds in his affections the good and true of every land--the boundaries of countries are not the limitations of his sympathies. Caring nothing for race, or color, he loves those who speak other languages and worship other gods. Between him and those who suffer, there is no impassable gulf. He salutes the world, and extends the hand of friendship to the human race. He does not bow before a provincial and patriotic god--one who protects his tribe or nation, and abhores the rest of mankind.

Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 215: Month 4, Week 3, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next consider how you spend your time each day. World you say that you spend your time well for your good and the good of the Earth? Knowing that your time on Earth is limited what can you do now to improve yourself or the Earth? You may consider a hobby that contributes to the general good. Do you have a hobby? What are your interests? Meditate on your interests and discuss with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?

Lesson 216: Month 4, Week 3, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Roots of Violence by Mohandas Gandhi
The Roots of Violence: 
Wealth without work, 
Pleasure without conscience, 
Knowledge without character, 
Commerce without morality, 
Science without humanity, 
Worship without sacrifice, 
Politics without principles.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Make a presentation on the branches of the US Government. In your presentation discuss the functions of the different branches.

Lesson 217: Month 4, Week 3, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the place you call home; the place where you live. Is your home clean? Does your home bring out the best in you? Are you happy in your home? Do you appreciate your home? Are you satisfied with your home? If you are not happy with your home why are you not happy? What could you do to achieve balance? Meditate on these things and share with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Leadership. What are the characteristics of a good leader? Do you have some of those characteristics? Are leadership qualities born with the person or developed? How could you develop your leadership qualities? 

Lesson 218: Month 4, Week 3, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Live a Good Life by Marcus Aurelius:
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Drugs. Why are drugs bad for you? Do you know of anyone using drugs? Is any member of the family using drugs openly? Is any member of the family using drugs secretly? Discuss the health dangers of using drugs and treatment sources.

Lesson 219: Month 4, Week 3, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on your neighborhood; that is the environment surrounding your home. Is your neighborhood safe? Are you happy with your neighbors? Is the environment clean? Is the air clean? Are you happy in the neighborhood? If you are not happy in your neighborhood why are you not happy? What could you do to achieve balance? Meditate on these things and share with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Success. What does it mean to be successful? What are the characteristics of successful people? What are your thoughts on success? Are you successful? Is your family successful?

Lesson 220: Month 4, Week 4, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Before it is too late by Frank Herbert Sweet:
If you have a tender message,
Or a loving word to say,
Do not wait till you forget it,
But whisper it today;
The tender word unspoken,
The letter never sent,
The long forgotten messages,
The wealth of love unspent-
For these some hearts are breaking,
For these some loved ones wait;
So show them that you care for them
Before it is too late.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Marriage. What is marriage? What are the characteristics of a good and happy marriage?

Lesson 221: Month 4, Week 4, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on What do you worship by Gangaji
“The meaning of your life depends on which ideas you permit to use you. Who you think you are determines where you put your attention. Where you direct your attention creates your life experiences, and brings a new course of events into being. Where you habitually put your attention is what you worship. What do you worship in this mindstream called your life?”
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Gambling. What is Gambling? What are the characteristics of a gambler? What are the problems of gambling? Is your life a gamble or a plan?

Lesson 222: Month 4, Week 4, Day 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next consider your school or work environment. Are you comfortable at work? Are you comfortable at school? Are there issues at work that you need to address? Are these issues at school that you need to address? What are these issues? Meditate on them and discuss them with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Money. What is Money? What is the importance of money? What are some of the ways in which people earn money? What are the three best ways to earn money?

Lesson 223: Month 4, Week 4, Day 4 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Relationship by Stephen R. Covey:
The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won't be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Credit Cards. What are Credit Cards? Why are credit cards important? What are your obligations for using a credit card? What does it mean to be a user of credit cards rather than a borrower (Book of Life 6:259)?

Lesson 224: Month 4, Week 4, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Understanding Drug Addiction by HELPGUIDE. Addiction is a complex disorder characterized by compulsive drug use. People who are addicted feel an overwhelming, uncontrollable need for drugs or alcohol, even in the face of negative consequences. This self-destructive behavior can be hard to understand. Why continue doing something that’s hurting you? Why is it so hard to stop? The answer lies in the brain. Repeated drug use alters the brain—causing long-lasting changes to the way it looks and functions. These brain changes interfere with your ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment, control your behavior, and feel normal without drugs. These changes are also responsible, in large part, for the drug cravings and compulsion to use that make addiction so powerful. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Education. What is education? Why is education important? 

 

Section 15: Family Meditation-Month 5

The goal of the fifth month of meditation is to enhance the LOVE within us. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (Bible:1 Corinthians 13:1-13). 


Lesson 225: Month 5, Week 1, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Persistence by Orison Sweet Marden:
There is genius and power in persistence. It conquers all opposers; it gives confidence; it annihilates obstacles. Everybody believes in the determined man. People know that when he undertakes a thing, the battle is half won, for his rule is to accomplish whatever he sets out to do.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a book presentation. Make a presentation on the book you read last week. 

Lesson 226: Month 5, Week 1, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Iroquois Thanksgiving:
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness, and Who directs all things for the good of Her children.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the Earth. Why is the Earth important to all living things? What can we do help the Earth? 

Lesson 227: Month 5, Week 1, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next consider all the aspects of Universal Love including the LOVE the Universe has for all creatures, LOVE as the underlying mystery within the Universe and the Love we aught to have for all creatures. Reflect on each aspect of Universal Love. What does each mean to you? Be a channel of Universal Love; receive it and give it away. You can do that by opening yourself to the love of the Universe. You may visualize it as a WHITE LIGHT flowing from the Universe into your being. Let it cleanse all parts of your body and heal you and as soon as you feel healed send the same LIGHT to heal your family, your co-workers, friends, teachers and anyone that comes to mind. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Love. What do you understand by the word Love? What are the different forms of Love? How are the different forms of Love related?

Lesson 228: Month 5, Week 1, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next consider the word Love. What does it mean to you? Meditate on the following passage from the Bible: But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as Father is merciful. (New Testament: Luke 6:27-36). Discuss these teachings with respect to your life and the life of your family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Generosity. What is generosity? What are the different forms of generosity? How are the different forms of Love related?

Lesson 229: Month 5, Week 1, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on I am the only One by Edward Everett Hale
I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 230: Month 5, Week 2, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Compassion by Stephen R. Covey
Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation. It’s not what they’re not doing or should be doing that’s the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to the situation and what you should be doing. If you start to think the problem is “out there,” stop yourself. That thought is the problem.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Time Management. Share the importance of time management. How could we improve the way we use time to get things done?

Lesson 231: Month 5, Week 2, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Love and Kindness by the Dalai Lama:
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Dating. What is dating? What is the appropriate age for dating? What are your family rules for dating? If you have no rules use this time to make rules to guide the children.

Lesson 232: Month 5, Week 2, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next meditate on the following passage from the Universal Holy Book: Universal LOVE enriches the life of every creature within the Universe. Universal Love is unconditional. You are LOVED in spite of your nationality, culture, race or color. You are LOVED irrespective of the choices you make or have made in the past. Universal LOVE is not concerned with your beliefs, affiliations, economic background, social status, position in life, or birth circumstances. Universal LOVE only cares for your good. You are a hereditary heir of Universal LOVE. And any one who realizes this TRUTH is not only saved; but will also be healed, be prosperous, be joyful and be at peace! UNISM: (The Book of the Oppressed 12:19-27). Discuss the passage after your meditation.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Adolescence. When does adolescence begin? What are the physical signs of adolescence? What are the emotional signs of adolescence? What are the challenges of Adolescence? How could one deal with adolescence? 

Lesson 233: Month 5, Week 2, Day 4 
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next Reflect on the following Jain teaching: Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill-behaved. (Tattvarthasutra 7.11). Discuss with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 234: Month 5, Week 2, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next Reflect on the following Jain teaching: Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill-behaved. (Tattvarthasutra 7.11). Discuss with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the teenage years. When do the teenage years begin? What are the major challenges of teenagers? How could one deal with the teenage years? 

Lesson 235: Month 5, Week 3, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Interconnectedness by the Dalai Lama:
There is no self-interest completely unrelated to others' interests. Due to the fundamental interconnectedness which lies at the heart of reality, your interest is also my interest. From this it becomes clear that "my" interest and "your" interest are intimately connected. In a deep sense, they converge.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 236: Month 5, Week 3, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on a Spiritual Revolution by the Dalai Lama:
My call for a spiritual revolution is thus not a call for a religious revolution. Nor is it a reference to a way of life that is somehow other-worldly, still less to something magical or mysterious. Rather, it is a call for a radical re-orientation away from our habitual preoccupation with self towards concern for the wider community of beings with whom we are connected, and for conduct which recognizes others interests alongside our own.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Parenting. In your presentation share the importance of parenting. What are the qualifications of parenting? How important are the qualifications of parenting? 

Lesson 237: Month 5, Week 3, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next meditate on the following passage from the Bible: Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his own Spirit. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. (New Testament: 1 John 4.7-8, 12-13, 18-20). Discuss the passage after your meditation.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 238: Month 5, Week 3, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on a the Relationship between Spirituality and Ethical Practice by the Dalai Lama: What is the relationship between spirituality and ethical practice? Since love and compassion and similar qualities all, by definition, presume some level of concern for others' well-being, they presume ethical restraint. We cannot be loving and compassionate unless at the same time we curb our own harmful impulses and desires.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on an area of interest. Why is this area important to you? What could others learn about it? How would it change their lives?

Lesson 239: Month 5, Week 3, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next meditate on the following teaching from the Bhagavad Gita: Constantly disciplining himself, free from sin, the man of discipline easily achieves perfect joy in harmony with the infinite spirit. Arming himself with discipline, seeing everything with an equal eye, he sees the self in all creatures and all creatures in the self. He who sees me everywhere and sees everything in me will not be lost to me, and I will not be lost to him. I exist in all creatures, so the disciplined man devoted to me grasps the oneness of life; wherever he is, he is in me. When he sees identity in everything, whether joy or suffering, through analogy with the self, he is deemed a man of pure discipline. (Bhagavad Gita 6.28-32). Discuss with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 240: Month 5, Week 4, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Ethical Conduct by the Dalai Lama: (Because) the notion of absolute truth is difficult to sustain outside the context of religion, ethical conduct is not something we engage in because it is somehow right in itself but because, like ourselves, all others desire to be happy and to avoid suffering. Given that this is a natural disposition, shared by all, it follows that each individual has a right to pursue this goal. Accordingly, I suggest that one of the things which determines whether an act is ethical or not is its effect on others' experience or expectation of happiness.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on a profession of your choice. Why did you choose this profession? How could one train for the profession? What does it contribute to the general good?

Lesson 241: Month 5, Week 4, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Responsibility by the Dalai Lama:
Responsibility . . . lies with each of us individually. Peace, for example, starts within each one of us. When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on. When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace. And there are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice. For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 242: Month 5, Week 4, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next meditate on the following passage from the Bible: If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (Bible:1 Corinthians 13:1-13). Discuss the passage after your meditation.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on your life dream. What is it? What will it take to realize it? What are you doing to bring it about?

Lesson 243: Month 5, Week 4, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the Purpose of Life by the Dalai Lama:
We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion. This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine, or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 244: Month 5, Week 4, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on the True Nature of happiness by the Dalai Lama:
Lack of understanding of the true nature of happiness, it seems to me, is the principal reason why people inflict sufferings on others. They think either that the other's pain may somehow be a cause of happiness for themselves or that their own happiness is more important, regardless of what pain it may cause. But this is shortsighted. No one truly benefits from causing harm to another sentient being. . . . . In the long run causing others misery and infringing their rights to peace and happiness result in anxiety, fear, and suspicion within oneself.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on your one-year goal. What is it? What will it take to realize your goal? What are you doing to realize your goal? 

 

Section 16: Family Meditation-Month 6

The goal of the sixth month of meditation is to develop compassion, health, kindness, generosity, patience, temperance and similar spiritual qualities for our good.



Lesson 245: Month 6, Week 1, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Unity by Martin Luther King:
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 246: Month 6, Week 1, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Service and Greatness by Martin Luther King:
Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. . . . You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the role of alcohol in accidents at home and on the highway. Discuss treatment programs for alcoholics. 

Lesson 247: Month 6, Week 1, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next meditate on compassion. What is compassion? It is feeling or understanding the suffering of another being or creature and doing something to help. According to Albert Schweitzer “the purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. Discuss Albert Schweitzer’s quote after your meditation.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book? 

Lesson 248: Month 6, Week 1, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now meditate on the following passage: Both the good and the pleasant approach a man. The wise man, pondering over them, discriminates. The wise chooses the good in preference to the pleasant. The simple-minded, for the sake of worldly well-being, prefers the pleasant (Katha Upanishad 1:2:2). What is the good? What is the pleasant? What would you use as a guide to your life?
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on your favorite icon. An icon is a famous person dead or alive who has contributed to the general good. Why is this person important to you? What did he or she contribute? What is the person’s family background?

Lesson 249: Month 6, Week 1, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Responsibility by Marian Wright Edelman:
A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back -- but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 250: Month 6, Week 2, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on the Real American Dream by Martin Luther King:
I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on tobacco. What are the health risks of smoking? Discuss the treatment programs for smoking.

Lesson 251: Month 6, Week 2, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on the Interrelated Structure of Reality by Martin Luther King:
Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 252: Month 6, Week 2, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Meditate on the following passage from the Bhagavad Gita: A man able to endure the force of desire and anger before giving up his body is disciplined and joyful (Bhagavad Gita 5.23). In your meditation consider your desires and discuss with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on peer pressure. What is peer pressure? What are the roots of peer pressure? Why should you give in to peer pressure? Why should you resist peer pressure?

Lesson 253: Month 6 Week 2, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Meditate on the following passage: “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins. He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded. “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’ “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened. “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed (Matthew 18:23-35). Discuss it with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 254: Month 6, Week 2, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Forgiveness by Martin Luther King:
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on friendship. What is friendship? Who is a friend? What are the characteristics of friends? 

Lesson 255: Month 6, Week 3, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Courage by Martin Luther King:
Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 256: Month 6, Week 3, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on I have a Dream by Martin Luther King:
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Goal Setting. What is a goal? What are the characteristics of goals? Why are goals important?

Lesson 257: Month 6, Week 3, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Meditate on the following passage: The Buddha said, "When you see someone practicing the Way of giving, aid him joyously, and you will obtain vast and great blessings." A shramana asked: "Is there an end to those blessings?" The Buddha said, "Consider the flame of a single lamp. Though a hundred thousand people come and light their own lamps from it so that they can cook their food and ward off the darkness, the first lamp remains the same as before. Blessings are like this, too" (Sutra of Forty-two Sections 10). 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 258: Month 6, Week 3, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Meditate on the following passage: In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ (Luke10:30-35). Read and meditate on this passage. Discuss it with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the body. Why is your body important? What could you do to keep your body fit? What could you do to keep your body healthy? What parts of your body need the most care?

Lesson 259: Month 6, Week 3, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Leadership by Martin Luther King:
May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership… Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 260: Month 6, Week 4, Day 1
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Now reflect on Faith by Martin Luther King:
Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the mind. Why is your mind important? What could you do to manage your mind? What are the characteristics of a healthy mind? 

Lesson 261: Month 6, Week 4, Day 2
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Next reflect on Service, Generosity and Compassion by the Buddha
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?

Lesson 262: Month 6, Week 4, Day 3
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Meditate on the following passage: Thoughts alone cause the round of births (samsara); let a man strive to purify his thoughts. What a man thinks, that he is: this is an old secret. By the serenity of his thoughts a man blots out all actions, whether good or bad. Dwelling within his Self with serene thoughts, he obtains imperishable happiness. If the thoughts of a man were so fixed on Brahman as they are on the things of this world, who would not then be freed from bondage? The mind, it is said, is of two kinds, pure and impure: impure from the contact with lust, pure when free from lust. When a man, having freed his mind from sloth, distraction, and vacillation, becomes as it were delivered from his mind, that is the highest point. (Maitri Upanishad 6.34.3-7). How does the passage relate to your life? Discuss with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on Unity. What is Unity? Why is it important to be united in the family? What are the characteristics of a united family?

Lesson 263: Month 6, Week 4, Day 4
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well.
Meditate on the following passage: Be humble, be harmless,
Have no pretension,
Be upright, forbearing;
Serve your teacher in true obedience,
Keeping the mind and body in cleanness,
Tranquil, steadfast, master of ego,
Standing apart from the things of the senses,
Free from self;
Aware of the weakness in mortal nature.
(Bhagavad Gita 13.7-8) 
How does the passage relate to your life? Discuss it with the rest of the family.
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on the book you read last week. In your presentation summarize the book and highlight the main message. What did you learn from the book?



Lesson 264: Month 6, Week 4, Day 5
Assume the state of meditation by first practicing a relaxation exercise. Inhale for four seconds. Hold the breath for four seconds. Exhale for four seconds. Hold the exhalation for four seconds. Repeat the process for as many times as possible.
Next take inventory of your activities today. Where did you go? What did you do? Who did you meet? What did you contribute? How did you affect your environment? How did the environment affect you? Is there any thing you did that you could have done differently? How could you have done it next time?
Next visualize the next day of your life in the family, at work or in school. What do you want to see happen? For the family you might want harmony, understanding and unity. For work you might want to accomplish your work goals and get along with your boss and co-workers. For school you might see that you are getting along with your teachers and fellow students. You are doing your schoolwork and getting good grades as well as participating in school activities and doing well..
Next reflect on Buddha’s Teachings by Thich Nhat Hahn
It is often said that the Buddha's teaching is only a raft to help you cross the river, a finger pointing to the moon. Don't mistake the finger for the moon. The raft is not the shore. If we cling to the raft, if we cling to the finger, we miss everything. We cannot, in the name of the finger or the raft, kill each other. Human life is more precious than any ideology, any doctrine. 
Now share your day with the rest of the family. This is the individual disclosure session. What happened to you, your friends and teachers during the day? What special role did you play in school? What contribution did you make in school? Did you get hurt at work or in school? If you did how did it happen and who was responsible? What have you done to address the issue? What did others do to address the issue? How do you feel?
Next make a presentation on your favorite tree. What is it? Why is the tree important to you? What role do trees play on earth?

This is the end of your Personal Meditation Practice. I hope you have learned something and you have also improved your senses. If you have not made any significant progress still do not give up because meditation is a lifetime activity. You may learn from the experience of the Buddha and carve your own path based on the goals you want to achieve. I wish you the best and thank you for taking my meditation course.