Over those 20 years we've all been exposed to the concepts of Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Literacy. I posses a few sets of cards with "feelings" and "emotions" words that I've used a lot. Helping people explore the wide range of feelings we encounter on a day-to-day basis has been a rewarding undertaking. When I ran into the "Perception Cards" (as they are called in the book), I like the subtle re-framing of the chart of words (included in the book). The "Intent" of the written activity is to raise "awareness about people's different states of mind." Using "states of mind" expands into other ways of being in the moment. You will certainly notice some feeling words in the group, and then so much more.
Since I just made up the set of cards (your Print-N-Play set is below), I haven't used them yet. But now I'm ready. Here are a few ways I'm thinking about applying the cards:
- Frontload: When a group arrives I can scatter the cards around on a table and get participants to pick a "state" they are in at the moment. It's worth some time to check in with what some people might need by way of support if they choose one of the 'low energy' states. "How can I, or we, help you as we get started today - what do you need?
- Mid-Program: I can see using these state cards as a way to check in with groups during (take a break during) an activity that is not going so well in order to voice some of our states of being (concerns). "What is showing up for each of us and what do we need in order to move forward?"
- Processing: After an activity, find out what states showed up for people. "What states of mind did you notice in yourself during the activity? Were they helpful? Unhelpful? What did you do with these states?"
- Closing a Program: Exploring with a group the states of mind that are most helpful to them and the one's that 'slow them down' could be fruitful. And discussing ways the group can check-in with each other about current states and ways of moving forward. "How do you provide space for people to share their state of mind? How could this be beneficial?"
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.