Quiet Contemplation

Whereas the Nature Study and Arts & Culture themes focus on exploring the outer worlds of nature and of human endeavor, the Quiet Contemplation theme turns inward, focusing on the development of knowledge and skills that can help us better manage ourselves, and the ways in which we interact with others.  Topics of exploration include:

  • How does my body work?
  • What are the warning signs that I have been neglecting my body’s needs?
  • What can I do to make/keep my body healthy?
  • How does the human brain think, learn, and feel?
  • How can I make learning, and skills-mastery easier on myself — especially for those skills that challenge and frustrate me?
  • How can I prevent myself from becoming overstimulated?
  • What rituals can I use to calm and soothe myself, if I fail to notice the warning signs?
  • What can I change about my communication style, to help people hear what I am trying to say?
  • How can I connect with people, and draw them out instead of shutting them down?

These cognitive, emotional, and physiological meta-skills are essential for anyone wishing to perform to the best of their ability, and remain happy and healthy in the process.