Take a moment and let your body and mind settle. If you are comfortable doing so, spend a few moments in peaceful meditation. In preparation for this session on questioning, you may wish to reflect on how you personally respond to times when you have wondered or been skeptical about something, or times when have you found yourself outside a conventional paradigm or set of assumptions. How did it feel? How does questioning something isolate the questioner? What inner voice allows you to persist, or lets you set your questions aside? See if your own experiences can help you introduce the group to the rewards and risks of questioning.

As an adult leader, your opinion may have more influence than those of participants. Therefore, your personal disclosure should not become part of the discussion unless participants ask you a question directly. In that case, be sure to preface your opinion by setting the context that each of us, adults and children, has different opinions, and yours is one among many. Then guide the conversation away from your own opinion and allow participants to reflect on their own thoughts.

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