“Through practice, gently and gradually we can collect ourselves and learn how to be more fully with what we do.”Jack Kornfield
The truth is, you’re always practicing something. What is your default practice if you are not practicing consciously?
In this episode Lisa and Kevin talk about the WHY, WHAT and HOW of practice:
- Why practice in the first place?
- What makes for a good practice?
- How should you think about practice design?
We also discuss the pros and cons of an Integral Life Practice and how to start if you’ve never practiced consciously before.
There is no better time than now to recommit to your practice and to your personal transformation.
We are all standing at the cusp of a new “Transformation Age”, which is calling us to find new strategies in order to overcome the challenges and pressures we are facing in just about every dimension of our lives — our political systems, our economic systems, our cultural conflicts, our physical health and behaviors, our mental health and personal sense of meaning, etc.
All of these challenges require exactly the sort of wisdom, mindfulness, and skillful engagement that we are cultivating with the Integral Life community. And we very much want you to be part of this incredible community of practice, so that this evolutionary unfolding can move through you rather than around you.
Be sure to check out our calendar of daily live practice sessions, as well as our collection of self-directed practices.View the Calendar
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How to Thrive During the Holidays
Work as Practice, Practice as Work
by Corey deVos
I’ve often said in a few of these programs that in many ways I consider Ken Wilber, and people like him, to be someone who sort of came along 20 or 30 years before his time. He was paving a road towards integral perspectives and solutions and practices before the life conditions really started to hit us — the life conditions that actually begin demanding more integral perspectives and solutions. And now here we are, these things are starting to crash down. We have global pandemics, we have things like climate change, we have things like wealth inequality, we have the general epistemic breakdown and aperspectival madness that’s emerging from things like flat social media platforms, where everyone is getting into sort of siloed into their own little information spheres.
And we’re witnessing a lot of fragmentation right now. It feels oftentimes like everything is moving apart from everything else, like things are kind of pulling apart.
And what this really makes clear to me is that the world right now doesn’t only need new, better ideas, or more integral ideas. It needs those too, but we need something more than just new ways of translating the world around us. The world’s not only demanding translation, it’s demanding new transformations. And that always begins on the individual level.
We have a lot of people both on the political right and on the political left who are demanding certain social transformations, and we can likely get behind a lot of those social transformations. But we also know that, if these social transformations are not foregrounded by individual personal transformation first and foremost, then they’re all doomed to fail. These things will not and cannot be selected for by the rest of culture. And even if they do, they’re not going to be genuinely transformative.
And I think that this is the opportunity that we are trying to create on the Integral Life platform — we’re trying to give people actual vehicles of transformation, so that together we can transform the world from the inside out. We can find our place in the world, and find the world’s place within us, and do the lifting that’s required in order to move into better possibilities for the future.
And when I turn my attention to the work that we are doing together, and it just makes it that much more immediately valuable. This is why we’re doing what we’re what we’re doing. This is why we continue to come back to programs like this, to practice platforms and things like that — because we genuinely want every single person in our audience to feel like they can be a part of something new that’s trying to emerge.
But it’s not going to emerge around you — it can only emerge through you.
So the timing is perfect, and we’re hoping that the next 10 years of our work together is following this exact trajectory, becoming more immediately relevant to the world around us and what we’re going through. There’s a model out there of an almost isolated spiritual seeking that existed maybe a couple of decades ago, which doesn’t really feel relevant anymore. This isn’t just about making us feel better about ourselves and the world around us, this is about actually finding ways to get our hands on the wheel, so that we can start navigating together towards a better future in the face of all of these crises and challenges and life conditions — by the way, life conditions which have to emerge in order for integral to emerge from the cracks of history in the first place.
And that’s kind of the point: integral doesn’t emerge in a vacuum. It actually requires conflict and disruption, it requires challenging life conditions in the lower-right quadrant that produce new responses and new behaviors. And we are trying to figure out what these new responses might be, what they might look like, and how we can carry them in our hearts and into the world.
It’s not just “what is practice?”, but “why practice?”
Simple: because the world has never needed you more than it needs you right now.
About Lisa Frost
Lisa is an Integral Master Coach and facilitator and specializes in helping individuals traverse complex crises, change and major life transitions – both in professional and personal contexts. She helps individuals thrive in the midst of uncertainty and work through the aspects of self that hold us back from realizing the profound sense of fulfillment and joy that is available to all. She has deep personal practices of surrender and shadow work and enjoys hiking with her dogs in her spare time.
About Kevin Snorf
Kevin previously was the Director of Training and Development for Integral Coaching Canada and was faculty there for 8 years while maintaining his own successful coaching practice. He recently took a short- term “early retirement” for 4 years in the form of recuperating from a Traumatic Brain Injury. Prior to that he was also at UC Santa Cruz for the last 15+ years teaching Integrally-informed somatic arts in Warrior Yoga, Meditation, Acrobatics, and Mixed Martial Arts to students, athletes, and faculty looking to embody new potential and find grace in the face of personal struggles. He also spent 9 of those years teaching yoga to at-risk youth in the public schools and prisons. Kevin co-wrote an article for JITP applying ICC’s approach to climate change. He is currently building a school of practice for those who want to impact wider scale changes in the world. And in one of his more remarkable developmental hurdles he got over his commitment fears and got married to the amazing Tami. He has a rich ILP base especially with many Integral Spiritual Teachers, a Masters in Psychology, a background in ecological design, and a firm commitment to finding practical applications of "Integral" that reduce suffering and increase humor. To connect with Kevin > [email protected]
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