1] How are people frequently mindless? How can they be more mindful?
2] How do people make bids with a sour/negative start up? How can they avoid this?
3] Explain the difference between criticism and a complaint? What should we do if we have a problem?
4] What is flooding? How can we fix this problem for ourselves or others?
5] What is a crabby critical frame of mind? What can we do to change that?
6] Why do people sometimes avoid a conversation they need to have? What are they worried about? What should they do instead?
7] Why do some people attack and defend while others avoid or deny? Why would they choose this style? What would be a better approach?
8] What can you do to better self-disclose and connect in your relationships with others?
A] Which people in your life do you personally have the most conflicts with that you’d like to ultimately have a better relationship with?
B] Write down an experience in detail with one of these people – what happened exactly? Why do you think things went badly? Do you think if you employed a bid buster, things would go better?
II. The former is an altarpiece featuring a large golden throne held up by fathers of the church. The throne, said to contain a chair used by Peter himself (though later proved false) is surrounded by golden sculpted rays and the window of the Holy Spirit. It signals to worshippers, like the baldacchino, that Peter himself has the power of God behind him. Similarly, the Tomb of Alexander VII reminds us that our time on Earth belongs to God. The pope sits in a prayerful position, surrounded by truth and other virtues. But a skeleton, partially covered by the baroque folds, is reaching up to the pope with an hourglass to indicate that his time is up. Since our time on Earth is limited, it is best that we follow the example of men like the pope, who have the virtues on his side. Finally we come to the Cornaro Chapel of Santa Maria della Vittoria, which features Bernini's famous sculpture, St. Teresa in Ecstasy. It depicts St. Teresa in her moment of heavenly bliss, while an angel stabs an arrow through her heart. Members of the Cornaro family look on from the sidelines. This chapel, like Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, marries multiple forms of artwork together to create a unified spiritual message. Most important to the message are the words carved in the arches above the chapel. Jesus tells Teresa that if he had not created heaven, he would have made it for her. This message of deep love helps to explain the sculpture below. Teresa is floating on a cloud as the angel pierces her - her robes limp around her body. Golden, sculpted rays burst out from the background. Bernini has sculpted Teresa's face in such a way that the viewer seems pulled into this moment of ecstasy. Cleverly, Bernini has placed a hidden window above the sculpture, so light filters in, further highlighting the golden rays and Teresa herself. The entire dramatic piece allows one to understand what it feels like to be loved by God so unconditionally - and a sense of what it means to experience true joy. (It is no wonder why the church is a popular wedding destination!). The Churches of Ravenna: The Communion of Saints The churches of San Vitale and Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo both share a similar message about communing with Jesus. In San Vitale, the marvelous apse shows a beardless Jesus flanked by angels. But more important are the images on the side walls. On either side of Jesus are images of Emperor Justinian and his wife, Empress Theodora, accompanied by their retinues. Above these images are mosaics of others giving thanks, including Abel and Melchizedek. Such images reveal the constant celebration of giving thanks to Jesus. If even the emperor and the clergy must give thanks, so we too, are invited to join them. A similar image can be found in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. A long line of saints, male on one side and female on the other, are shown to be giving alms to both Jesus and Mary. The three wise men are among the first figures who are kneeling in prayer before Jesus. This particular church, like San Vitale, illustrates the communion of saints, this group of holy individuals who celebrate with Jesus and the Virgin eternally. Because this group is so prominently featured along the nave of the church, it is a symbol that people are encouraged to join in with giving thanks. It is a timeless celebration which draws figures from all eras. The modern pilgrim becomes a part of this celebration when they ente>GET ANSWER