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Pru, you (co-)lead the session incredibly well. Also, you created a safe space by your naturally calm, open and professional facilitation style. You created a safe space by your warm welcome right at the beginning of the session when you made sure participants took a moment to arrive in the present moment. You inspired a wonderful discussion about todays’ session, appreciating both channel of replies, chat and spoken. Generally, you created a positive and safe space by being very sensitive to the atmosphere, inspiring discussions, engage and summarize replies competently and aptly.
Your recap of skill 1 connecting the first session with the second one, revealed deep understanding of skill 1 and CIT’s structure. Your general introductory remarks of skill 2 were excellent. You were referring to the foundational concepts even and here to the first fundamental shift. This is amazing and reveals once more your knowledge about CITs structure and cluster. However, here it might be better to address it directly, not just alluding to it to clarify for everyone.
When taking over from Mithela, you very elegantly summarized Ethical Mindfulness which was very helpful at that stage and once again revealed your knowledge about skill 2 as well as your being sensitive to the process of the session.
You facilitated the “Training the mind”-slides very well. I particularly appreciated how you summarized that the object of the mind is our ‘aspiration’ as it implies several essential facets of skill 2: focused attention need to be trained, not expected, it is about progress not perfection, about aspiration, not expectations. Your reference to the ancient Indian metaphor was nice to have. Your definition of metacognitive awareness was transported clearly and succinctly. Also, here you inspired beautiful discussions in particular about the question what could come into the way of staying connected with our respective values.
Finally, your wrap-up was nicely reflecting the session, summarizing the connection skill 1 and 2 again and providing outlook to skill 3. Great job, Pru!
Your very natural, professional and inspiring way of facilitation has been outstanding. You were great at monitoring the group, the atmosphere and the chat at the same time, picking up the needs here, allowing space for participants and expressing great teamwork regarding your co-facilitators.
Regarding the parts you presented of skill 2 there is only one minor improvement I would suggest. Starting the presentation of Ethical mindfulness without the slides was a bit confusing as I expected somehow you were already a step ahead here. So, using the slides to help participants to find the orientation where in the presentation resp. the course (skill and series) they are would have been helpful.
Moreover, please allow a more general remark. There were deep and enriching discussion going on in the chat. You and your team might have better embedded it here or there into the ongoing discussion of the session. It is difficult to follow two different threads at the same time. It might distract listeners from the content being facilitated while discussion is going on in the chat. Both facilitators and people engaging in the written discussion might miss important content. A solution could be to either pick up those threads and intertwine them in the main discussion or invite the people to a certain code of conduct regarding the chat.