Lee Mason

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The Essence of Integral Flourishing

To flourish is to thrive in every context of your life. And to do so, you need an integral mind, one that sees the big picture and the details of how flourishing is intimately tied to factors like emotional positivity, shadow, flow states, vitality, interpersonal connection, joy, purposeful contribution and goal achievement. In The Essence of Integral Flourishing, the longest, most comprehensive course Integral Life has ever published on integral theory, you will build the deep understanding you need to thrive from Lee Mason, one of our most beloved Integral Life Practice leaders.

Join us. Cultivate an integral mind that by its very architecture can’t help but lean towards greater flourishing.

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Course Overview

If you’re serious about living a life that is as healthy, happy and meaningful as possible, then expanding your knowledge about the science of flourishing is the foundation of doing so.

After all, the better you know what motivates you to make healthy life choices, what brings you joy and gives you a feeling of purpose, the more effectively you can take action to optimize your well-being.

Indeed, by learning more about yourself, it’s as if you’re gradually uncovering a dashboard full of buttons, dials and other controls that you can tweak to make your life significantly more satisfying.

That’s why The Essence of Integral Flourishing course takes you deeply into integral metatheory and the PERMA model of flourishing to give you a deep, scientifically-ground view into human well-being.

During this course, you can expect to:

– Achieve a thorough, practice-based understanding of flourishing, what psychologists call the ability to thrive across all the contexts of your life 

– Deepen your understanding of all of the elements of integral metatheory, especially as it’s applied to flourishing

– Learn about the PERMA model of flourishing and why Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement are so foundational to the well-lived life

– Learn how to apply techniques to effectively enhance your well-being and increase resilience, and improve areas of your life where you’re languishing 

– Learn more about the recent history of the study of human flourishing and the current state of research into well-being

– Explore the key components of happiness as currently categorized within the field of psychology

– Combine critical thinking with inclusive reasoning

– Experience the effectiveness of Integral Theory as a meta-theoretical framework for synthesizing conflicting (academic) perspectives

What You'll Learn

Introduction to Flourishing

Module One: Introduction to Flourishing provides an overview of the course. We examine Ken Wilber’s Integral Model and Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model, two theoretical models which serve as guidelines throughout the entire course.

Module Two: “Positive” Emotion examines the recent history of positive psychology. We also explore some strengths and challenges of current research into well-being. During this module, we further assess the value of positive and negative emotions for human well-being and development.

Quadrants

Module Three: Quadrants examines the physical, emotional, mental and existential domains of human experience. Using these domains, we explore the Quadrant Model of Integral Theory. You will also be asked to use a survey to evaluate your well-being across the Quadrants. During this module, we further discuss how to recognize Quadrant Absolutism.

Neurobiology & Well-Being

Module Four: Neurobiology & Well-Being delves into objective aspects of well-being. Using the Quadrant Model of Integral Theory as a framework, we examine stress and pleasure in light of neurological and endocrine processes. We also discuss the phenomenon of “neural plasticity” and experience “interoception” through exercise. During this module, we further discuss the basic functions of neurotransmitters and hormones and the relevance of “the HPA-axis” for well-being.

Meaning

Module Five: Meaning continues our examination of the categories of the PERMA-Model. We reflect on the relationship between mortality of the human individual and meaningful living. We discuss three perspectives on purpose and encourage you to determine what is meaningful to you personally. During this module, we further explore Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Aaron Antonovsky’s concept of “salutogenesis” and Viktor Frankl’s perspective on meaning.

Intelligences

Module Six: Intelligences examines the concept of Multiple Intelligences. We discuss a number of ways to categorize intelligences and you explore your personal potential through a lens of Multiple Intelligences. During this module, we further examine the value of Multiple Intelligences as an instrument for self-development.

Engagement

Module Seven: Engagement explores a third category of the PERMA-Model. After examining the concept of engagement and the theory of “flow”, you will reflect on your main personal strengths, as seen by yourself and others. We further focus on Optimism, Pessimism and the value of “Sufficiency-Focus” and “Insufficiency-Focus”.

States & Shadow

Module Eight: States & Shadow examines the States element of the Integral Model. After exploring the essence of States, ranging from fleeting emotions to major shifts in our experience of consciousness, we also discuss the concept of “Shadow” and experiment with techniques to increase self-awareness. During this module, we further examine the correlation between EEG-frequencies and states of consciousness.

Vitality

Module Nine: Vitality examines the relationship between experienced well-being and gross physical health. We specifically examine the basics of nutrition, hydration, sleep and physical activity. During this module, we further discuss the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients, the function of water in the human body, the benefits of sleep for health and performance and the physical and psychological effects of physical exercise.

Relationships

Module Ten: Relationships examines the realm of interpersonal human relationships and discusses techniques to improve the quality of the bonds we develop and maintain with others. We also explore ways to communicate constructively and manage conflict skilfully. In addition, we discuss the value of gratitude and discuss the techniques of “Active Constructive Responding” and “Non-Violent Communication”.

Types

Module Eleven: Types examines the concept of “typology” in relation to human personalities. First, we discuss the complementary poles of masculinity and femininity, then we explore the MBTI, the Big 5 and the Enneagram as systems to deepen insight into self and others. In addition, we reflect on ways to use typologies to increase empathy and understanding.

Accomplishment

Module Twelve: Accomplishment examines the final category of the PERMA-Model. We discuss the achievement of goals, sustainable Will-Power and the concept of “Grit”. We further explore ways to strengthen Will-Power.

Levels

Module Thirteen: Levels examines the final element of the Integral Model. We discuss Levels of Units of Matter, Levels of Human Societies, Levels of Shared Worldviews and Levels of Individual Interior Development.

Integral Flourishing

Module Fourteen: Integral Flourishing explores the phenomenon of Flourishing within both the PERMA-Model and the Integral Model. We explore ways to optimize well-being within the five elements of the Quadrants, Intelligences, Levels, Types, and States. We also summarize the course. Lastly, we consciously conclude the course together.

About Lee Mason

Lee Mason

Lee Mason was born in London and moved to Amsterdam at the age of nine. He is a graduate of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), where he studied Physical Therapy. As a physical therapist, Lee has facilitated thousands of treatment sessions with patients in various sectors of the Dutch healthcare industry, including private practices, rehabilitation centers and a university hospital (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam). Over a period of three and a half years, he also worked in a hospice, helping terminally ill patients to cope, in a dignified manner, with the progressive loss of physical and mental abilities during the last stage of their lives.

Throughout his career, Lee gradually shifted his focus from healthcare to education and, in 2012, established himself as a freelance teacher. He co-founded Integral Higher Education (Integraal Hoger Onderwijs), an organization aimed at promoting the Integral approach in Dutch colleges and universities. He has facilitated courses and workshops for students of Amsterdam University College (AUC), Amsterdam University (VU), the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the University of Utrecht (UU), the Technical University in Eindhoven (TU) and Avans College in Breda (Avans Hogeschool). In addition, he has also provided individual coaching for clients employed by Accenture, Amsterdam University (VU) and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture & Science (Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur & Wetenschap).

Outside of his work within educational institutions, Lee developed and hosted a course titled The School of Transformation, based on Integral Theory and designed to help participants (1) optimize their potential, (2) facilitate the development of others and (3) impact the world in a positive way. In his book, titled Optimal Health, Happiness and Meaning in Life (Optimaal Gezond, Gelukkig en Betekenisvol Leven), Lee presents a method designed to help readers successfully implement constructive behavioural change. Both the book and the online survey are informed by Integral Theory. Lee has a keen interest in holistic approaches to health and well-being and has studied systemic therapy (constellation work) in the lineage of Bert Hellinger. He is also a meditation teacher, who has worked in the Buddhist monastery of Yeunten Ling (Huy, Belgium) and has taught meditation techniques to individuals and groups, including employees of a Dutch health insurance company (VGZ).

Lee also regularly facilitates Integral Life Practice Sessions for Integral Life, including Befriending Chaos, Bringing Out the Best in Each Other and Unleash Your Talents.

Course Curriculum

Module 1 Introduction to Flourishing
Unit 1 Introduction to Integral Flourishing
Unit 2 Program Overview
Unit 3 Introduction to Integral Theory
Unit 4 Introduction to the PERMA Model
Unit 5 Summary
Module 2 "Positive" Emotion
Unit 1 An Experiential Introduction to Positive Emotion
Unit 2 On the Emergence of Positive Psychology
Unit 3 The Strengths and Challenges of Positive Psychology
Unit 4 The Value of Positive Emotions
Unit 5 The Value of Negative Emotions
Unit 6 Summary
Module 3 ​Quadrants
Unit 1 The Domains of Experience
Unit 2 The Quadrants In Depth
Unit 3 The Domains in the Quadrants
Unit 4 Criticism of Integral Theory
Unit 5 Summary
Module 4 Neurobiology & Well-Being
Unit 1 Objectivity and Subjectivity in Depth
Unit 2 Stress and the HPA Axis
Unit 3 The Relaxation Response
Unit 4 Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Unit 5 The Happiness Chemicals
Unit 6 Body Scan Exercise
Unit 7 Neural Plasticity
Unit 8 Interoception Exercise
Unit 9 Summary
Module 5 Meaning
Unit 1 Introduction to Meaning
Unit 2 Three Perspectives on Meaning
Unit 3 Three Meaningful Moments
Unit 4 Meaning Within the Domains and Quadrants
Unit 5 Deathbed Visualization
Unit 6 Meaning Beyond Models
Unit 7 Cultivating Witness Awareness
Unit 8 Shifting Your Sense of Self
Unit 9 Field Awareness Exercise
Unit 10 Summary
Module 6 ​Intelligences
Unit 1 Introduction to Intelligences
Unit 2 Physical Intelligence
Unit 3 Emotional Intelligence
Unit 4 Mental Intelligence
Unit 5 Existential Exercise
Unit 6 Self-Intelligence
Unit 7 Creative Intelligence
Unit 8 Moral Intelligence
Unit 9 Environmental Intelligence
Unit 10 Intelligence Snapshot
Unit 11 Summary
Module 7 Engagement
Unit 1 Introduction to Engagement
Unit 2 Experiencing Flow
Unit 3 Movement, Breath, and Flow
Unit 4 Optimism, Pessimism, Sufficiency, and Insufficiency
Unit 5 Superhero Exercise
Unit 6 Summary
Module 8 States & Shadow
Unit 1 Introduction to States
Unit 2 The Major States of Individual Human Consciousness
Unit 3 States in Relation to the Domains of Experience
Unit 4 Inhabiting Physical Awareness
Unit 5 Inhabiting Emotional-Mental Awareness
Unit 6 Inhabiting Existential Awareness
Unit 7 Inhabiting Witness Awareness
Unit 8 Inhabiting Unity Awareness
Unit 9 Inhabiting Five States of Awareness
Unit 10 The Phenomenon of Shadow
Unit 11 Embodying Shadow
Unit 12 Summary
Module 9 Vitality
Unit 1 Vitality and Sleep
Unit 2 Vitality and Hydration
Unit 3 Vitality and Nutrition
Unit 4 Vitality and Exercise
Unit 5 Summary
Module 10 ​Relationships
Unit 1 Introduction to Relationships
Unit 2 The Quality of Relationships
Unit 3 Cultivating Compassion
Unit 4 Non-Violent Communication
Unit 5 Active Constructive Responding
Unit 6 Consensual and Non-consensual Violence
Unit 7 Cultivating Gratitude
Unit 8 Relationship Network Snapshot
Unit 9 Gratitude Letter
Unit 10 Additional Gratitude Exercise
Unit 11 Summary
Module 11 ​Types
Unit 1 Introduction to Types
Unit 2 An Abstract Model of Masculinity and Femininity
Unit 3 A Human-Centered Model of Masculinity and Femininity
Unit 4 The Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Unit 5 The Five Factor Model
Unit 6 The Enneagram
Unit 7 Summary
Module 12 Accomplishment
Unit 1 The First Phase of Identifying
Unit 2 The Second Phase of Inventorizing
Unit 3 The Third Phase of Implementing
Unit 4 Counting the Breath
Unit 5 The Fourth Phase of Internalizing
Unit 6 Summary
Module 13 Levels
Unit 1 Introduction to Levels
Unit 2 Levels of Human Society
Unit 3 Levels of Shared Worldviews
Unit 4 Levels of Worldview and the Heinz Dilemma
Unit 5 Levels of Individual Interior Development
Unit 6 Summary
Module 14 Integral Flourishing
Unit 1 Flourishing Within the PERMA Model and the Integral Model
Unit 2 Course Summary & Practice Book
Unit 3 Conclusion

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