Inhabit: Your Quarantine

Ryan Oelke Free, Health & Wellness, Inhabit, Lifestyle, Perspectives, Video, World Affairs 1 Comment

 
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abituation is the enemy of growth. It is rare for any circumstance to force us completely out of our accumulated habits, patterns, and comfort zones — which is exactly what is happening right now, as people all over the globe are having to drastically alter their lifestyles and livelihood in response to the corona pandemic.

The good news is, when this happens and our normal day-to-day inertias are interrupted, it’s also an opportunity to make new choices: to recognize the patterns that haven’t been working for you, and to begin cultivating new patterns that work better, that take you farther, that bring you greater resilience, deeper compassion, and more skillful responsiveness.

In times of extreme fragility such as these, it becomes all the more important to find new ways to practice our own anti-fragility. In this episode of Inhabit we are joined by special guest Keith Martin-Smith, an acclaimed author, teacher, and dear friend to the show, in order to explore key practices and postures to help us maintain our physical, mental, and spiritual health while enduring the painful realities that all of us are so immersed in right now.

Watch as we explore the importance of:

  • Spiritual practice (presence, equanimity, anti-fragility)
  • Shadow practice (dealing with fear, anger, rage, and other strong emotions)
  • Mental practice (increased clarity, capacity to identify and integrate critical and often contradictory polarities, capacity to manage and navigate uncertainty)
  • Creative practice (staying connected and grounded, transmuting painful feelings and anxieties into beauty)
  • Embodiment practice (for physical and psychological resilience)
  • Safety and hygiene practices (to reduce chances of exposure)
  • Intimacy practice (empathy, connection, “more space less separation”)
  • Financial practice (remaining sustainable in the midst of severe economic contraction)

If you enjoyed this discussion and want to deepen your own Integral Life Practice, we invite you to enjoy the resources we’ve made available on the Practice page of Integral Life. And if you need a bit of help wrapping your hear and heart around how to go about building an ILP for yourself or your family, be sure to check out this simple overview.

And if there are any topics or questions that you would like us to explore in future episodes of Inhabit, please let us know in the comments below, or by getting in touch with Corey. We are here to support you in whatever way possible — help us learn what that means for you.

Written by Corey deVos
Music by Justin Miles and Stuart Davis

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Inhabit: Your Ground

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Inhabit: Your Resistance

Inhabit: Your Resistance

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Spiritual conversations often emphasize the importance of overcoming our resistance and accepting the world for what it is, exactly as it is. However, there are times when we don’t need to overcome our resistance, we need to fully inhabit our resistance. We can’t simply accept what is, we need to put ourselves on the line for what can and should be. How can we bring more mindfulness, skillfulness, and embodiment to our resistance, even while seeing everything as always-already perfect?
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EMERGE — HOW TO THRIVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD

These chaotic times bring us in touch with what matters most, whispers of death and rebirth, as our global life conditions passionately usher us toward all of what could be, of what wants to emerge in your life.

Emerge is a new training program by Ryan Oelke, offering a thoughtful 3-phase process that will empower you to fully inhabit your experience, more deeply relate in real-time to life, and to formulate agile paths of response and action. With this embodied integral training, you will both be more passionately inspired from the core of your being and you will more successfully see the change, experiences, and results you and we long for and need in this moment and in the future.

Learn how Emerge can help you find traction for your transformation

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Ryan Oelke

About Ryan Oelke

Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18+ years of experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and practices to reveal natural presence and to cultivate an engaged, responsive life. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is the proverbial "man behind the curtain". He is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996.

Keith Martin-Smith

About Keith Martin-Smith

Keith Martin-Smith is an award-winning author, writing coach, and Zen priest. He is passionate about human connection, creativity, and evolution. His books include "The Mysterious Divination of Tea Leaves", "A Heart Blown Open", and "The Heart of Zen". His most recent book is his first novel, "Only Everything", a novel that explores the promise and the pain of following an artist's path.

Notable Replies

  1. Thanks guys! Really enjoyed the conversation. As for the subject of “building bridges” I’m more like you Corey in the sense that I’ll tend to have discussions with a lot of people that I disagree with or that are coming from different levels. On any given day I may have conversations with multiple people that are all at different structural stages. From Red to Green with Amber & Orange in between I find myself shifting how & what I communicate depending on my intuitive knowledge of who I’m interacting with. Many think I waste my time engaging others that look at things differently but I kind of feel like a “seed planter” and “energy connector.” If we’re to keep our human family bonded we’re going to have to learn to love and accept our annoying brothers and sisters that we may not even like. It’s not easy and can sometimes be downright discouraging but I can’t see any other way forward other than deeper unity.

    The one thing that I’ve improved at is listening. Twenty years ago I was too concerned with being “correct” and making my point. Today I’m more likely to think about what and how I could communicate something to someone so that they can understand it the best way possible for the level & state of consciousness they’re at.

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