This portion of my webpage is for any teachers, parents or group leaders who would like a template to help them guide their students, children or group members with the help of various exercises designed to encourage self-exploration and personal understanding.
1- What are your top 3 most limiting beliefs about yourself, life, others, etc..? Write down how these limiting beliefs negatively affect your life, and then write how your life would improve if you let go of these limiting beliefs. Finish by replacing the negative belief with a new, more empowering one. Recite the new and empowering affirmation daily. (Use an extra sheet of paper where required.)
2- List the top 5 people in your life that you need to forgive (don’t forget to include yourself if needed). Then write them a letter (no need to send it if you don’t want to), thanking them for helping you become the person you are today. List the positive characteristics (i.e., resourcefulness, patience, perseverance, etc…) you’ve developed by facing the challenges that they presented you with.
3- List the top 3 most disempowering/self-sabotaging habits or behaviors that you have, then write down 3 more empowering habits or behaviors that you can replace the old ones with.
4- List 3 goals you would like to accomplish within the next year. Write down the changes that you would have to make in your mindset and behaviors in order to reach these goals. Basically, who would you have to become in order to attain your objectives?
5- List your top 3 fears. What steps could you take to face and liberate yourself from their hold on you?
6- Write the story you tell yourself about yourself. In what ways does this story disempower you? What changes can you make to your story in order to better your life? Remember…change your story, change your life.
7- List the top 5 most beautiful aspects of yourself. How can you use these unique characteristics to be of service to the world?
8- List 5 ways in which you can add more love and kindness into the world.
9- On another sheet, write what you imagine your dream life to be like in 5, 15, 25 years from now. Be very specific. Write down exactly how it would feel to live the life of your dreams. Read and visualize this vision of your dream life often.
10- Start a journal where you make a daily list of all the things that you feel grateful for that day.
1- Have the students write a play based on the book Misha and the Purple Moon Prophecy, and have them act it out for the school at the end of the year.
2- In class, have students create scenarios from their daily lives and act them out in front of class in an improve style. Have the rest of the classroom offer insights in to how best resolve the challenges from a peaceful perspective which supports the well-being of all involved.
3- Make cue cards of various virtues (list below), and ask the class to give examples of when such virtues could be used in their daily lives.
List of virtues:
Acceptance: To consider circumstances, especially those that cannot be changed, as satisfactory.
Accountability: The state of being accountable, liable or answerable. Accepting responsibility for one’s actions.
Ambition: An earnest desire for some type of achievement or distinction, and the willingness to strive for its attainment.
Assertiveness: Confidently self-assured. Forceful and decisive.
Beauty: The quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfactionto the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
Benevolence: The desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness.
Bravery: A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear.
Caring: Feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others.
Charity: Provision of help or relief to the poor; Benevolence or generosity toward others or toward humanity.
Chastity: Purity in conduct and intention.
Caution: Careful forethought to avoid danger or harm. Close attention or vigilance to minimize risk. Prudence or restraint in action or decision.
Cleanliness: Diligence in keeping clean.
Commitment: The act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself. Purposefully following through on a pledge or promise.
Compassion: A feeling of distress for the suffering or misfortune of another, often including the desire to alleviate it.
Confidence: A feeling of trust in a person or thing. Belief in one’s own abilities; self-assurance.
Consideration: Thoughtfulness for other people others and their needs. Kindness.
Contentment: The state of being contented; satisfaction.
Cooperation: The action of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit.
Courage: The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.
Courtesy: Politeness; good manners. Respectful and considerate towards others.
Creativity: Having the ability or power to create. Characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative.
Curiosity: An eager desire to know; inquisitiveness.
Defiance: Bold resistance against an opposing force or authority.
Dependability: The quality of being dependable or reliable.
Detachment: Freedom from being attached to objects, people or situations. The quality or state of being just and unbiased.
Determination: Firmness of purpose; resolve. A fixed intention or resolution.
Devotion: Ardent, often selfless affection and dedication, as to a person or principle.
Diligence: Earnest and persistent application to an undertaking; steady effort; assiduity. Attentive care.
Discernment: The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment.
Discretion: The quality of being discreet; prudence or decorum; tactfulness. Keeping a secret.
Discipline: Training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement.
Controlled behavior resulting from disciplinary training; self-control.
Eloquence: The quality of persuasive, moving, or graceful expression.
Empathy: Denotes a deep emotional understanding of another’s feelings or problems.
Enthusiasm: Great excitement for or interest in a subject or cause.
Excellence: The state, quality, or condition of excelling; superiority.
Faith: Confident or unquestioning belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
Faithfulness: Adhering firmly and devotedly, as to a person, cause, or idea; loyal. Responsible, dependable, loyal.
Flexibility: Able to change to cope with variable circumstances. Adaptable.
Focus: Close or narrow attention; concentration.
Forbearance: Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience.
Forgiveness: Compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive. Letting go anger and hurt, and of the wish that things had been different, accepting what is and moving on.
Fortitude: Strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage.
Friendliness: Characteristic of or behaving as a friend. Outgoing and pleasant in social relations. Favorably disposed; not antagonistic.
Frugality: Prudence in avoiding waste.
Generosity: Liberality in giving or willingness to give.
Gentleness: Considerate or kindly in disposition; amiable and tender.
Grace: Elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.
Gratitude: A feeling of thankfulness or appreciation.
Helpful: Giving or rendering aid or assistance; of service.
Honesty: The quality or condition of being honest; integrity.
Honor: A sense of principled uprightness of character; personal integrity.
Hope: To have confidence; trust.
Humbleness: Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
Humility: The quality or state of being humble; modest opinion of one’s own importance or rank; meekness.
Humor: The ability to amuse people; quickness to spot a joke. The quality of being amusing.
Taking things lightly, not taking life too seriously.
Idealism: The cherishing or pursuit of high or noble principles, purposes, or goals.
Integrity: Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
Impartiality: Not partial or biased; unprejudiced. Neutral.
Industry: Energetic devotion to a task or an endeavor; diligence.
Innocence: The state, quality, or virtue of being innocent.
Joyfulness: A condition of supreme well-being and good spirits. Emotion of great happiness.
Justice: The quality of being just; fairness. The principle of moral rightness; decency.
Conformity to moral rightness in action or attitude; righteousness:Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response.
Kindness: The quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic.
Knowledge: Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study.
Liberality: An inclination to favor progress and individual freedom the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament.
Love: a strong positive emotion of regard and affection.
Loyalty: Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties.
Meekness: Showing patience and humility; gentle.
Mercy: Compassionate treatment, especially of those under one’s power; clemency. A disposition to be kind and forgiving.
Moderation: Being within reasonable limits; not excessive or extreme.
Obedience: The quality or state of willingly carrying out the wishes of others.
Openness: Characterized by an attitude of ready accessibility (especially about one’s actions or purposes); without concealment; not secretive.
Orderliness: Free from disorder; neat or well-arranged. Having a systematic arrangement.
Patience: The bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, or anger. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay. Quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence. Peace: In a state of tranquility; serene. Free from strife.
Perseverance: Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.
Persistence: The quality of persisting; tenacity. The act of persisting; continued effort, never giving up.
Prudence: Careful or wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.
Punctuality: Acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt.
Purposefulness: The quality of having a definite purpose. Having a sense of purpose in one’s life.
Reliability: The quality of being dependable or reliable.
Resoluteness: Unwavering firmness of character, action, or will.
Resourcefulness: Able to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in difficult situations.
Respect: A feeling of appreciative, often deferential regard; esteem. To show consideration for; treat courteously or kindly.
Responsibility: The obligation to carry forward an assigned task to a successful conclusion. With responsibility goes authority to direct and take the necessary action to ensure success.
Restraint: The ability to control or moderate one’s impulses, passions, etc.
Reverence: A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love.
Righteousness: Adhering to moral principles.
Selflessness: The quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
Service: An act of helpful activity; help; aid.
Sensitivity: The quality or condition of being emotionally and intuitively sensitive.
Silence: The condition or quality of being or keeping still and silent.
Simplicity: Lack of ostentation or pretension. Uncomplicated. Unassuming.
Sincerity: The quality or condition of being sincere; genuineness, honesty, and freedom from duplicity.
Sobriety: Moderation in or abstinence from alcohol or other drugs. High seriousness of manner or bearing.
Spontaneity: The quality of being spontaneous and coming from natural feelings without constrain. Freedom from constraint, formality, embarrassment, or awkwardness.
Steadfastness: Faithfulness or devotion to a person, a cause, obligations, or duties.
Strength: The ability to be physically or mentally strong. The ability to deal with difficult situations or to maintain a moral or intellectual position.
Tact: Acute sensitivity to what is proper and appropriate in dealing with others, including the ability to speak or act without offending.
Temperance: Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression.
Thankfulness: Aware and appreciative of a benefit; grateful.
Tolerance: The capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others.
Tranquility: An untroubled state; free from disturbances. A state of peace and quiet.
Trust: Reliance on and confidence in the truth, worth, reliability, etc, of a person or thing; faith.
Trustworthiness: The trait of deserving trust and confidence. Reliable.
Understanding: A disposition to appreciate or share the feelings and thoughts of others; sympathy.
Unity: The condition of being one. Harmonious mutual understanding. A bringing together into a whole.
Vitality: Physical or intellectual vigor; energy or liveliness.
Wisdom: The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight. Common sense; good judgment. Wisdom is knowledge, applied.
Note: Definitions taken from Free Dictionary by Farlex. Minor changes or additions were made in certain cases for clarities sake.