Join Lisa Frost and Corey deVos in a new monthly series that will explore how to bring more depth and artistry to our Integral Life Practice — the very best and most effective practices to help you Wake Up, Grow Up, Clean Up, and Show Up in your life, your relationships, and your work in the world.
We are excited to announce Integral Life Practice, the biggest, most exciting change to Integral Life’s membership in years! Integral Life is bringing together dozens of deeply-experienced Practice Leaders from all over the world to provide live, daily, guided ILP Practice Sessions that you can experience all from the privacy of your own living room.
Anyone who is deeply committed to contemplative practice and to cultivating the qualities it enhances—such as empathy, compassion, clarity and insight, to name only a few—will want to practice as continuously as possible. This means finding a way to use our daily activities and work as part of our practice. Fortunately, such a way is part of the world’s major religious-spiritual traditions, and it is formulated most explicitly in Hinduism as karma yoga.
This practice will help you cultivate the courage to face your trauma, discover an unbreakable source of resilience and empathy within yourself, and find deeper meaning in your suffering — so that you yourself can become a source of strength and healing for the rest of the world.
Are you angry, upset or frustrated by a situation in the world, or perhaps someone in your life? Are you having trouble accepting some circumstance in your life? Learn to address it constructively by practicing acceptance in the face of difficult feelings. This one minute practice can help you do so.
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.
This 7-minute meditation is very easy to follow, and empowers you to quickly experience the shift from living outside of yourself to resting in the fullness and foundation of your body. Feel the difference between living on the surface of yourself and what’s it’s like to return within your body, to the center of your life.
A radical new approach to spiritual practice is being born, bringing the possibility of authentic spiritual Enlightenment within reach for all of us. Craig calls it “The Practice of Direct Awakening.” And it is rapidly turning every assumption we’ve had about spiritual practice and Enlightenment on its head.
This practice will help you discern where you are coming from within yourself in each moment — your egoic self, or your deeper essential Self — and enable you to live and relate from a place of presence and centered-ness, so that you can respond rather than react to your child.
Centering Prayer is a simple Christian practice that helps us to locate and take refuge in our “inner room,” consent to the presence of God-in-2nd-person, and lead us into deep prayer, devotion, and contemplation of the divine. Listen as Father Thomas offers a short guided practice of Centering Prayer.
Michael Schwartz offers a powerful aesthetic exercise to help you activate the various perspectives on art (including becoming aware where we are stuck in the fluidity of our perspective taking) and integrate those perspectives into a higher-order perception that will profoundly expand and deepen your aesthetic experience.
Terry Patten offers some very basic instructions to help you kickstart your meditation practice. He also offers an extended segment on “Integral Inquiry”, a simple but powerful technique that can deepen your ongoing practice.
Consciously following the deepest contours of your very own nature is the foundation of any Integral Life Practice. Here you will learn how to feel these basic dimensions of your being, simply by noticing what is already present.
Compassionate Exchange is a way to move freely through all perspectives available to you, instead of staying chronically identified with only one. In this meditative practice, we consciously and deliberately exchange self for other.
The 1-2-3 of God practice will help dramatically deepen your own ongoing practice by getting you in touch with each of the three fundamental dimensions of spiritual unfolding.
Mary Saunders explores the primordial qualities of earth, wood, fire, metal, and water as elemental energies in nature, within our bodies, and within our psyche — a model for physical health, emotional intelligence, and spiritual maturity.
Power hours – two-hour, highly-focused blocks of time – are one of the secrets to staying focused and productive at work, school and at home. This one technique will skyrocket your productivity.
Renowned marriage and family therapist Dr. Keith Witt offers a short practice to reinvigorate your “erotic polarity” — one of the fundamental forces that sustain thriving relationships.
In an era drenched in data, a desire for wisdom has been reborn. Where can we go to learn about wisdom? This ILP module offers distillations of the world’s accumulated wisdom — ancient and modern, religious and scientific, philosophical and psychological.
Depressive symptoms are often accompanied by rumination, or persistent cycles of distorted, negative thinking that undermines your mental clarity. The good news is that with practice you can interrupt these cycles. Use these eight questions to assess the reality of your negative thinking and consider alternative possibilities.
Anger arises when you feel like you’ve been violated: you are interpreting some situation or behavior, whether it was done intentionally or not, as a very real violation of your deeper needs or values. It’s usually sourced in a deeper need that’s not being met. This practice is designed to help you find it.
Lynn Royster Fuentes looks at the question of chronic illness as part of a koan, a puzzle you have been asked to solve, an all-encompassing and fundamental question that can be answered and re-answered as you investigate the approaches that will reduce your suffering.
Anxiety feels terrible, a gnawing fear that is hard to pin down and harder to shake. This activity may help you alleviate anxiety: when you can see the core fear that’s really underneath your anxiety, you loosen its hold on your emotions and feel more empowered to address it.
Dr. Ginny Whitelaw offers a practice that explores Zen leadership, an authentic expression of the connected Self to serve people, create value and beauty in the world and take away fear.
Join Tibetan Buddhist teacher and end of life expert Andrew Holecek as he walks you through a powerful, and life-changing, one-hour ILP coaching session to better understand death and liberate you from the false identity that keeps you trapped in the fear that your true self is anything other than timeless.
Join renowned mediator Diane Hamilton in order to enhance your happiness and deepen your relationships by learning to navigate the three native perspectives that can unlock your power, passion and authenticity in every important relationship in your life.
An extraordinary presentation to help you discover more clarity and wellbeing, with practices for each personality type delivered via a deepening understanding of your inner observer.
Paul Smith leads you to a full-spectrum realization of God — a God who is big enough to satisfy our minds, close enough to touch our hearts, and familiar enough to easily recognize how God intersects with innermost Self.
Body Mind Moment Strength Training is designed to help you integrate your workouts into your daily life with the intention of you gaining confidence in your abilities to feel fully alive and to meet the challenges the world presents. Rob’s approach (demonstrated here with his student Maria Bailey) goes way beyond normal strength training goals of developing more muscle or sculpting your body to fit into your skinny jeans, but rather is intended to guide your bodily awareness into what it means to live more completely.
The Plant Plus Diet Solution is a user-friendly synthesis of where nutrition is going in the 21st century. It will help you make sense of dietary confusion, give you suggestions on how to personalize your approach to food and bring the practice of mindfulness to bear on that relationship.
Dr. Keith Witt offers a taste of his Loving Completely practice program, an exceptional web course that helps deepen the whole relationship by acknowledging and working with the intrinsic wholeness of human beings.
Terry Patten helps us explore our own inner skeptic, and suggests practices that lead us into a greater awareness of the mystery of life — whether you identify this experience in spiritual terms or not.
This practice embraces the wisdom of the great meditative traditions, but also reaches forward to unleash the profound spiritual potential inherent in our recently evolved capacities for self-awareness, introspection, self-authorship and relational intimacy.
In this excerpt from The Eye of Spirit, Ken Wilber offers one of the most powerful (and beautiful) pieces of spiritual writing he has ever produced. This is the very first time these words have been reproduced on the web, and we invite you to share this chapter however you like.
Meditation helps you become more centered and grounded by learning to be still in the present moment. But inner resistance, current circumstances, other people, distracting thoughts, painful feelings and future fears all serve to keep your mind out of presence; they keep you stuck in resistance and away from the perfection and stillness of the present moment. This 5-minute guided meditation will train your mind to slow down and become centered in this perfection.
A big part of having better relationships is clear and meaningful communication. If you’re interested in improving how you communicate and listen to others, this exercise can provide you with a fresh perspective on the way you communicate and how it shapes your instinctual way of being, seeing, and doing in the world.
Ken Wilber offers a special teaching to awaken Christ Consciousness within your own heart and mind, right here and right now.
“Keep an open mind,” we like to say, “but not so open your brain slides out.” But what happens when you open your mind so fully that you end up temporarily misplacing your entire head? Well that’s enlightenment, baby!
Lay claim to your birthright with this short guided meditation by Lama Surya Das.
Ken Wilber takes us on a blistering guided tour through the evolution of the universe, describing how each of the “three faces of Spirit” has evolved from the Big Bang to this present moment.
Ken Wilber offers a 30 minute guided process that will put you in direct touch with Eros — and in so doing, you’ll likely encounter the simple mistake of ascribing it source to some object outside yourself. By relaxing the contraction around your heart, you’ll experience an unbounded expansion of care, in a simple moment of non-seeking presence.
In order to uncover love’s future, we need to explore love’s past. So Ken Wilber looks all the way back to the Big Bang, retracing love’s role throughout the history of evolution. Rather than just a mere human emotion, love is cast as a central driving force in the Kosmos—the force of Eros itself, pushing all of us along our inevitable return to Spirit.
Patrick Sweeney, the holder of the Karma Kagyü lineage, offers a powerful mahamudra teaching. The term mahamudra literally means “great seal” or “great symbol”, a body of teaching that represents the culmination and fulfillment of all the practices of the new schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Mudra refers to the fact that each phenomenon appears vividly, and maha refers to the fact that it is beyond concept, imagination, and projection.
In this practice we contemplate, think, and know about Spirit in the 3rd-person; we relate, dwell, and commune with Spirit in a 2nd-person relationship, and we meditate, feel and know ourselves as Spirit in a 1st-person apprehension of our source and substance.
Ken Wilber, Ed Kowalczyk, and Stuart Davis met at the Ken Wilber’s house in Boulder for a special meeting focusing on Integral Art and Transformative Practice. What followed was an afternoon of vibrant discussion and electrifying performances, centered on the themes: What is the relation of art and transformation? How can art be part of an integral transformative practice?
A quick and easy way to recontact the sacred dimensions of this and every moment.