(Help children understand this week’s lesson by talking to them about good manners, things they may already have some understanding of. Part of the idea here is to bring heightened attention to simple acts of courtesy or everyday kindness. Doing these things consistently and over time is what causes others to see us as kind people. And the more we practice this, the more opportunities for being kind we recognize. As we connect to these opportunities, our capacity for compassion increases.)
Hello Ambassadors of Compassion!
Let’s expand the concept of you becoming your own renewable source of compassionate energy by considering tools like solar panels and windmills that generate their own electricity. Unlike finite fuel sources (coal, oil, and gas) that aren’t able to use all of the fuel’s energy, renewable sources of energy are limitless and more efficient.
Your mission this week is to further shift your focus to being a producer of renewable compassionate power rather than a consumer of inefficient forms of human energy. How is this done? With mindful awareness of how you behave in ordinary situations, that’s how.
To begin, gather with a group of 4 or 5 other students and brainstorm ways this can be done. What’s an ordinary situation? It’s any situation that you do regularly, like come to school, play on the playground, eat dinner. What’s something positive you can do in these situations? Hold doors open for people, smile, say thank you, and be friendly. You know, those tiny things you can do to be nice to others.
That’s your mission this week, to, in your regular interactions with people, practice common courtesy with heightened awareness. Do lots of them!