Inhabit: Your Quarantine

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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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Ryan Oelke

About Ryan Oelke

Ryan Oelke is a co-founder and teacher at Buddhist Geeks and a Senior Teacher of The Realization Process. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 20 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us.

Corey deVos

About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.

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.