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People Watching

This meditation / activity builds upon

through the lens of anthropological field work. It helps build our ๐Ÿค— Values Empathy.

Go to a public place you enjoy hanging out. Ideally well frequented and when the weather โ˜€ is good. Take tea or snacks with you. Maybe a pillow for extra comfort. Do you need ๐Ÿ˜Ž sunglasses?

Sit down and ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ quiet. Notice how you feel, then switch to noticing your surroundings.

Who do you see? What are they doing?

Start to ๐Ÿ’ญ speculate. What is the internal space of the people you see? What โฃ emotions can you perceive or speculate about? What are they thinking about and paying attention to?

Round 1: Speculate and analyze their activities around the 4 Social Dimensions (๐Ÿ’Expectations, ๐Ÿ“ˆStrategy, ๐Ÿ”ŽObservation, ๐ŸŒณAppreciation). What is this Adonis jogging for? Why is the young mum talking on the phone while walking her baby in a trolley? And what's the old dude with the sunglasses and newspaper up to?

Round 2: Re-center your lens on pure ๐ŸŒณ appreciation. Every activity that you perceive is ONLY driven by what the person finds meaningful in what they are currently doing. Speculate about their values, recording ๐ŸŽ™ voice memo(s) with 3 - 5 speculations.

They ought to be scattered and messy. Like memo-journaling.

๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป For extra growth: Get gritty about the values. Can you be more specific about what they might find meaningful, or what you would find meaningful when in that scenario?

๐ŸŒถ๐ŸŒถ For extra spice: Actually go to people you observed and strike up a conversation. Tell them about your mission and speculations, practicing 'High relationality'. Can they identify with your speculations? How do they react? Are they curious to know more?

๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ For extra fun: Ask a friend to join you in People Watching.

โฒโฒ To integrate into everyday life: Hack the quest. Record memo's one by one, whenever you are in public and feel like speculating about others values. On a walk, in a train, in school. Or do it with friends or family in your community house.